How Much Does a Golden Retriever Cost?

Thinking of owning a dog? If you’re a beginner or you want a reliable companion, one of the best breeds out there is the Golden Retriever. Friendly, intelligent, loyal, cat-friendly, and good with kids, this kind of pet is easy to handle for almost everyone.

You can either adopt a Golden Retriever or purchase it from breeders or offline/online pet shops

That said, how much does a Golden Retriever cost?

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Average Golden Retriever Cost

The average price of a Golden Retriever, according to Pet Breeds, is $1,500. This cost applies to a puppy that you will purchase from a professional breeder.

You can also opt to get a Golden Retriever from:

  • Backyard breeders
  • A friend or neighbor who has puppies
  • A rescue center
  • A pet store or a puppy mill

The breed belongs to the top ten most popular pet dogs in the US. In 2016, it ranked third. 

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Adoption Costs

The average Golden Retriever cost can change if you opt for an adoption. If you prefer this option, you’d have to pay the corresponding adoption fees charged by shelters. Note that prices will vary depending on the center.

For instance, Golden Beginnings Golden Retriever Rescue (GBGRR) in Texas charges an application fee of $20. The adoption fee, on the other hand, is as follows:

  • $300 for dogs under 8 years old
  • $175 for dogs over 8 years old

Note that paying the said costs will not guarantee you an adoption. GBGRR will make sure that you first meet their requirements. The center will also be the one to assess what dog best suits your home and lifestyle.

Another shelter is the Adopt-a-Golden Atlanta, which charges a non-refundable application fee of $25. They also have a flat charge for the following:

  • Purebred puppies under 1-year-old (includes vet exam and puppy vaccines): $1,000
  • All other dogs (regardless of age): $600
  • Turkey dogs (those who were adopted from the said country and shipped to the US): $800

Yet another animal shelter is Golden Retriever Rescue of Mid-Florida (GRRMF). The center charges an application fee of $10. Adoption fees, on the other hand, include:

  • $450 for dogs under 1-year-old
  • $400 for dogs 1 year up to 4 years old
  • $350 for dogs 4 years up to 8 years old
  • $300 for dogs 8 years up to 10 years old
  • $225 for dogs 10 years and up

Online Costs

Aside from breeders and shelters, you can also find these dogs online. Just how much does a Golden Retriever cost on the said platform?

One online seller is The Golden Retriever puppies cost on the said website starts at $695. The price may go as high as $1,300. Typically, younger pups are more expensive.

Another online seller is Pet Finder. This site caters to dog owners who want their pets adopted by others. Costs are lower as Golden Retrievers sold on the site are a year old and up.

Golden Retriever Maintenance Costs

But, before you buy, you should also prepare for ongoing expenses once you take the pet in.

Some of the said expenses include:

  • Food
  • Health
  • Miscellaneous


Your Golden Retriever needs approximately 2.5 to 3 cups of dry dog food daily. You should feed your pet this amount to ensure that it will grow and live well. has a list of varying costs depending on the food brand. There are also specific products for puppies, and adult and senior dogs. Some of them include:

  • Puppies
  • Avoderm Natural Puppy Chicken Meal and Brown Rice: As low as $40
  • Beneful Healthy Growth for Puppies: $44
  • California Natural Chicken Meal and Rice Dry Puppy Food: As low as $69
  • Dogswell Nutrisca Chicken and Chickpea: As low as $48
  • Eukanuba Small Breed Puppy: $46
  • Holistic Select Nourish Puppy Health Anchovy, Sardine, and Chicken: As low as $35
  • Innova Puppy: $33
  • Nutro Brands: $15
  • Pedigree: As low as $11
  • Nutro Ultra Puppy: As low as $53
  • Wellness Complete Health Super5Mix Just for Puppy: As low as $52
  • Adults
  • Addiction Steakhouse Beef and Zucchini Entrée: As low as $84
  • Blue Buffalo Wilderness Salmon: As low as $50
  • Chef Michael’s: $13
  • Iams: $31
  • Nutro Ultra Large Breed Puppy: $15
  • Purina Pro Plan Small Breed Formula: As low as $34
  • Wellness CORE Original Recipe: As low as $59
  • Seniors
  • Avoderm Natural Senior Chicken Meal and Brown Rice: $69
  • Canidae Platinum: As low as $47
  • Earthborn Holistic Primitive Natural: As low as $24
  • Holistic Select Vitalize Senior Health Chicken Meal and Rice: As low as $55
  • Nature’s Recipe Senior Lamb Meal and Rice: $47

Note that you’re going to feed your Golden Retriever for quite a long time. The said breed’s life expectancy, after all, is 13 years and up.


According to data from Pet Breeds, the Golden Retriever is the 22nd most expensive breed when it comes to medical costs. Specific prices include treatment for the following conditions:

  • Cancer: $8,000 to $15,000
  • Cataract: $1,500 to $5,000
  • Elbow dysplasia: $1,500 to $4,000
  • Entropion: $300 to $1,500
  • Hip dysplasia: $1,500 to $6,000
  • Ichthyosis: $200 to $1,000
  • Osteochondrosis of shoulder/elbow: $2,000 to $4,000
  • Portosystemic shunts: $2,000 to $6,000
  • Subaortic stenosis: $500 to $1,500

Of course, you will not be spending for all of these conditions. The costs only aim to give you an idea of how expensive Golden Retrievers could be if you don’t take care of their health.

Note that you will also have to pay for recurring medical expenses. These include exams, vaccinations, and heartworm and flea/tick prevention.

Miscellaneous Costs

Food and health expenses make up the bulk of the maintenance costs. But equally important are the following expenses:

  • Dog crate: $50
  • Collar, leash, and tags/microships: $15-50
  • Training: $140
  • Teeth cleaning: $15 per month
  • Grooming: $11 per month
  • Toys and treats: $14 per month
  • Dog Walker: $280 per month
  • Cremation Services – $25 to $250

You should also prepare for potential one-time and emergency costs. Some of these expenses may crop up every few years such as health-related payments and major bills. Some may not be needed. Regardless, it is wise to always prepare yourself.

Enjoy taking care of your dog!

Author Bio

Carlye Yancey

Between internships, volunteering, and paid jobs over the last 4 years, I have pretty much-gained experience with domesticated animals. Currently being in school for my veterinary technology degree, I spend my leisure time with 3 critters that I own.
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