(Closed) How do you answer the 'how much did your dog cost' question?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 32
1166 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I don’t have a dog (I travel too much) but my mother does and paid a few thousand for her, pedigree English Mastiff (but come on, who could say no to this face???).  She’s still a baby here by the way, she’s about 100lbs heavier (looks the same, just bigger, and still growing), she’s an absolutely gorgeous dog, here’s my mother and Molly: 

Post # 33
3064 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Deejayelle:  I just tell them- the question doesn’t offend me, and most normal people are not going to sit there and judge how much I paid.

I think it is just a curiousity- and normally for me this question comes up from other dog people so I’ve never thought anything of it

@MrsTywinLannister:  eeekk she is so cute!!! 

Post # 34
7646 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Deejayelle:  Everyone wanted to know how much my Saint Bernard was, especially my Father-In-Law. He didn’t know why we’d want a “stupid, slobbery, big dog” but yet he was very interested in knowing how much he cost us.

It is really none of his or anyone else’s business, so I just say “You can’t put a price on fluffy puppy that cute!”

It’s a rude question to be asked. They can look it up themselves.

Post # 35
6015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

It’s a rude question.  I’d ask… “WHY?” and then tell them “that’s not a good enough reason to tell you” no matter what the answer is.  That’s my go to answer when rude people ask “how much” something is. 

Post # 36
2775 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

“Why do you ask?” with a polite smile.

Post # 38
1342 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

For me personally, I find it a horribly rude question but I just answer it because, like @TwoStatesBride:  I want to spread the word about NOT buying at a pet store and finding a reputable breeder.  I feel like even though I have a purebred dog (I’m getting kind of sick of the shaming that goes on with that), I think it’s important to either rescue or go to a breeder.  

Post # 39
2598 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Deejayelle:  Deflect, change the subject or confront. 

“Oh, are you looking into getting a malamute? I can forward you the number of our breeder.”

“Costs are determined by a lot if variables. How’s your Mom?”

“Why do you ask” or, “I’m not comfortable discussing how much I pay for things.

Post # 40
2188 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2024

“He cost one unicorn” they will get a curious look on their face and you can walk away.

I’m a smart ass.


Post # 41
2239 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

We paid a good amount for our goldendoodle, and people ask us that question sometimes. I actually don’t mind telling people, because we actually paid A LOT less than what other breeders ask. And I love our breeder so much, that if people are thinking about getting one, I want to recommend them. The awesome breeder coupled with the relatively lower cost makes it a great deal – absoulutely worth every penny and more that we paid for our baby!

Post # 42
380 posts
Helper bee

I saw this question and immediately was reminded of how many times I was asked that question after we bought our Alaskan malamute too. Most ppl assume mal’s are huskies so when they find out it’s something different they seem to automatically associate that with a higher cost. It’s pretty easy to tell if someone is just asking (I’ll just say she was expensive but worth it) or if they seem genuinely interested and might want to look into the breed further, in which case I’ll be honest. 

Congrats on the new pup! Mal’s are so stubborn but are amazing dogs. I had one growing up and ours is 2.5 now and is finally calming down a bit lol. They grow so fast!

Post # 43
452 posts
Helper bee

@MrsAKSkier:  We have a retired racer, too. $150 seems like a steal! We paid $300 for our girl. But worth every penny 🙂

Post # 44
4698 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Deejayelle:  People ask us this all the time, but along with the name of our breeder. Unfortunately when you buy a purebred dog, people will ask these types of questions because often times they’re interested in purchasing, and because the price of dogs varies so much, its a fair inquiry. I answer, and don’t find it too invasive.

If someone walked up to me and asked randomly how much my dog cost I’d find that strange, but most people will come up and ask about him, where we got him, compliment his appearance, and then ask how much he cost. I don’t mind that.


Post # 45
4698 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@FutureDrAtkins:  I also have a frenchie! He’s black masked fawn, but his coloring is literally perfect so we get a lot of questions about where he came from. I don’t answer people when they’re being dicks about how much we spent on our dog, but its true.. a lot of people are genuinely interested. 

I’ve seen you post your pups before, they’re adorable!

Post # 46
9686 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

@KC-2722:  Thanks! Aw I bet yours is a cutie! I love the black masked fawns 🙂 Yeah, if I want to be a dick about it sometimes I’ll say “More than your life!” If like a little cousin or someone asks me how much I spent. Lol that usually shuts them up 😉

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