Baby Chihuahua: How much do they really cost?

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Chihuahuas are expensive dogs, but how much does a baby Chihuahua really cost?

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Last Updated on September 12, 2021 by Jackie Castle

Buying a dog is expensive. Especially if it’s a popular purebred dog like a Chihuahua. But how much does a baby Chihuahua really cost?

It’s normal for us people to look for the best deal or the cheapest option. We always want to save some money. But, how smart is that when buying a dog?

After all, it wouldn’t be bad to get a dog we’ve always wanted for 200 or 300 dollars cheaper, right? Well, not really. It doesn’t have to be better, and you’ll see why.

Baby Chihuahua – Their true cost

Let’s face it. We love when we can buy something for a lower price. It just makes us happy. But, you have to be careful when buying dogs for a low price.

Sure, you might save a couple of hundred dollars at that moment. But will you be saving any money in the long run? Or will that dog cost you much much more?

The truth is, you should always buy from a reputable breeder. Someone who you can trust and who will sell you a healthy puppy. That’s the most important thing. You want a healthy puppy!

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Many breeders don’t care about the dogs. All they want are the ones. So, they won’t even take the puppies to get all the needed vaccines and medicine. When you’re buying a dog for dirt cheap, you’re probably buying them from a questionable breeder.

By doing that you’re risking a lot. You probably don’t even know if your puppy is healthy. And even if they look healthy, they actually might not be.

Many health problems show themselves later on, after a couple of months. All that money you saved by buying from a questionable breeder you’ll spend on vet bills for your puppy. And probably even more money.

How much they really cost

Now that you know why it’s important to buy from a reputable breeder, let’s see how much a baby Chihuahua really costs. This way you’ll know when someone is offering the puppy for cheaper and you’ll be more careful.

If you Google the price of Chihuahuas you’ll see that the price for these dogs starts at 400 dollars. Let me be bold and say that’s complete BS. Pardon my French, but that’s how it is.

Depending on the area where you live and the age of the baby Chihuahua they can cost between 1400 and 3000 dollars! And that my friends is the real cost. Not 400 dollars.

Of course, the price can go up to 6000 dollars if the puppy is from a champion bloodline.

So, if anyone tells you they can sell you a purebred baby Chihuahua for 400 dollars, run! Run and don’t look back. It’s most likely a scam or the puppies are already sick.

Be smart when you choose the breeder from who you intend on buying. We have some articles on how to choose the best breeder and the 15 questions you should ask them.

Why they are so expensive

Why are Chihuahua puppies so expensive? After all, 6000 dollars for a dog seems like way too much, right?

Well, there are many reasons why Chihuahuas are so expensive. Obviously, they are a popular breed, so the demand is high. The problem is that breeders can’t deliver.

This is because Chihuahuas usually have a small litter. Females give birth to up to three puppies. But usually, it’s only two.

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This is because Chihuahuas are a brachycephalic breed (just likeĀ French Bulldogs), A brachycephalic breed is every breed that has a shortened head, short nose, and flat face. Because of this, they can experience many complications during birth.

Besides this, their size is a risk too. they are tiny, so the pregnancy can be dangerous for them. That’s why breeders let their Chihuahuas have a C-section. It’s much safer, but it also costs money. The more money the birth costs, the more money will the puppies cost.

Finding the right breeder

It’s not only enough to know how much a puppy costs, you should know where to look for a good breeder. And, to be honest, it might not be easy.

The first place you can look is the National Chihuahua Club of America or the American Kennel Club. Both have sections on reputable breeders where you can find one near you.

It’s always best to buy from a reputable breeder. They usually have their dogs undergo health testing before even being bred. This way they make sure the parents aren’t carrying any genetic conditions that they could pass onto the puppies.

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A good breeder will also take their dogs and puppies to see the vet multiple times through the pregnancy and after the puppies are born. That’s how you know they really care about the well-being of their dogs.

They will also take the puppies to the vet to get all the needed vaccines and other medications. So you know your puppy is healthy and well.


It can be tempting to buy a puppy from a cheap breeder. But, you should never do that. Don’t be cheap where you shouldn’t be.

Your biggest priority should be to get a healthy puppy, not a cheap puppy. That’s why buying from a reputable breeder is the best option.

Also, know that the real cost of having a puppy is much larger. Take into consideration all the vet bills, grooming appointments, and food. Not to talk about all the toys and other necessities.

Getting a baby Chihuahua or any puppy is expensive, and you should be aware of that and prepared before you get a dog.

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