Top 10 Most Expensive Dog Breeds

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Dog BreedsMost dog owners fall in love with their dog at first sight. But what if that puppy turns out to be pricey? What is a dog owner to do? How much is too much to pay for the doggie love of your life? Well many of us have to draw the line somewhere. But there are some people who think that you can’t put a price on love or that puppy. So what are the Top 10 Most Expensive Dog Breeds?

Why Are Some Dogs More Expensive Than Others?

Generally speaking dogs can be expensive to own. Most owners forget to factor in the costs of vet bills, food, medications, toys, dog beds, doggie daycare, etc. that they pay for over the lifetime of the dog. But when you start off with a very high purchase price some pooches may seem a bit overrated.

The highest prices paid are for pure breeds and when you understand all that goes into ensuring that “purity” of the breed one can understand why these dogs are more expensive.

Breeds go up and down in price based on many factors including: overall popularity or demand, specialization for specific jobs (hunting, police work, etc.), scarcity or how few dogs of the breed actually exist, how long the breed has been in existence, whether it is a status symbol, and finally the “C” or celebrity factor (think Paris Hilton and micro Pomeranians). All of these contribute to how high the price will go for that desirable puppy.

Now that we understand “why” certain breeds cost more everyone wants to know which dogs are the most expensive. So without further ado here is our Countdown of the Top 10 Most Expensive Dog Breeds, ending with the most expensive.

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10. Akita

Cost: $1,000-$4,000

AkitaLarge, powerful and alert, the Akita has long been used as a hunting or guard dog in its native Japan. They are known to be an independent breed, often aloof with strangers but very loyal and affectionate with their own family members. They need to be well-trained to avoid behavior that is too aggressive or territorial.

9. Saluki

Cost: $2,000-$4,000

SalukiSalukis are powerful sighthound hunters with the endurance to chase down prey over long distances and rough terrain. This royal dog of Egypt is one of the oldest known domesticated dog breeds in the world. Salukis are very independent and require patience and consistency in obedience training. And with its instinct to chase anything that moves, it must be kept on a leash or a fenced yard and allowed daily vigorous exercise.

8. Rottweiler

Cost: $2,000+

RottweilerRottweilers are highly intelligent and happiest when given a job to perform. They are often used as police dogs, herders, service dogs, and therapy dogs. Rottweilers love to play around with their families and are very loyal. They can also be very protective and territorial and do not welcome strangers unless properly introduced. Obedience training and socialization are a must with this breed along with daily exercise.

7. Pharaoh Hound

Cost: $2,500 – $6,000

Pharaoh hound on the grassAnother breed that can be traced all the way back to 3000BC is the Pharaoh Hound. Its sleek athletic build lends itself to speed and these dogs are very fast capable hunters. Friendly, playful and highly intelligent the Pharaoh Hound also has a willingness to please. This makes them very easy to train for obedience, hunting and lure coursing. They require daily exercise and a fenced yard since they love to chase small animals.

6. Chow Chow

Cost: $3,000 – $8,000

Chow chowOriginally from China, Chow Chows are known for their thick double coats that make them look like small puffy lions. It’s also very readily identified by its blue/black tongue. Chow Chows are strong sturdy dogs that are very affectionate with their families but reserved with strangers. They are an independent, some might say stubborn, breed that benefit from early socialization and training. Chow Chows require regular grooming and bathing to maintain their beautiful manes.

5. English Bulldogs

Cost: $3,000 – $9,000

English bulldogEnglish Bulldogs are medium-sized with a muscular stout build. Because of their wide-set front legs they tend to have a characteristic shuffle gait. English Bulldogs are generally laid back, gentle and protective and form strong attachments to their owners. They can be energetic but must be watched closely to ensure that they do not overheat.

4. Samoyed

Cost: $4,000 – $11,000

SamoyedWith their snow-white coat, bright eyes and “smile”, Samoyeds have captured many an owners’ heart. Developed in Siberia as a working sled dog, Samoyeds are very smart and happiest when kept busy. They are gentle loving dogs but without daily exercise could become quite stubborn and mischievous. Finally, their coats require regular brushing once a week or more often, depending on the season, to prevent matting.

3. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cost: $2,000 – $14,000

King Charles spanielThis fashionable lap dog has been seen as a family companion since the 17th century. Originating in England, the breed was named for King Charles II. Friendly and easy to train, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels thrive on attention from the whole family. These little dogs adapt quickly to almost any environment. They do require a good brushing regularly but no trimming.

2. German Shepherd

Cost: $3,000 – $24,000

German shepherdOriginally developed in Germany as herding dogs, the German Shepherd is popular today as a working dog and as a family companion. The breed is large and muscular. They are direct and fearless but also approachable. Full of energy, German Shepherds love to play and can be quite fond of kids once a relationship is established. These dogs take well to training and need regular exercise. Because of their versatility, a well-trained German Shepherd from the right breeder can be very expensive.

1. Tibetan Mastiff

Cost: $2,000 – up to $1.9 Million

ChengduAs their name suggests, these dogs are massive, easily reaching well over 100 pounds. This ancient mountain dog is from Tibet where it was used as a guard dog. Tibetan Mastiffs are extremely independent and intelligent. Because of their protective instincts it could be difficult to bring outsiders into the home. Typically the breed has been scarce but the Tibetan Mastiff is now seen as a status symbol in China.

Video: Tibetan Mastiff Most Expensive Dog In The World

The video below from Huffington Post reports that a Tibetan Mastiff sold at an auction for around $2 million dollars. For that amount of money, you could buy nearly 17,000 shelter puppies!

Do you have one of these dog breeds? Was it expensive?

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Nicole is a freelance writer and a hobby historian who has always had dogs in her life. For the last 12 years, she’s been the proud mom to 2 rescue pups: Angie and Dana. Her days wouldn’t be complete without their love, companionship and daily walks together.

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How did you come to the decision that these were the most expensive dogs?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Hi Heather, if you read under the heading “Why Are Some Dogs More Expensive Than Others?” I think you will find your answer. 🙂
Loretta Kelley
I have a cavalier, my daughter has two, couldn’t imaging them not being part of our family. They are so loving, I could go on & on forever how special they are. We bought all 3 from a farm in South Dakota from a loving family that raises them.
My pups aren’t on the list. 2 are mutts and the other a silky terrier. I do adore the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
Does anyone know where a xoloitzcuintli would fall in this list?
Kody Ray Croskey
Is that an actual breed or did your cat just walk across your keyboard…?
Sandi Gonzalez
I have a white boxer that has been to the emergency clinic 4 times in 3 years for bloating and ant bites. She’s very sensitive and MUST be burped after drinking water to avoid vomiting.
She’s still a baby at 4 years and I will happily pay any amount of money to keep her happy and healthy.
To me, she’s priceless.
I am not a vet or medical any way but my sisters dog was having a problem burping so I told her to put clear soda water in the dog’s water and it seemed to help he started burping on his own. But once again I must stress I am not a doctor or any type of veterinarian. Just something I came up with. Good luck and have a happy holiday season.