Man’s best friend…. are like fast cars, and come with a price tag. There are just some breeds of dog which are highly expensive but to dog lovers, the price is always worth it. Many dog lovers will happily pay for a particular kind of dog, it is just a case of where the breeder resides and the purity of the dog’s pedigree. This is a list of the 20 Expensive Dog Breeds:
Known to the Dog Digest for its highly independent dogs, the Saluki is highly gentle and affectionate with their owners, and the males can weigh close to around sixty pounds and reaches up to twenty-eight inches, and the price can reach, or exceed, $2,500 in price. It makes sense and is actually rather appropriate the first dog in this list is known as the Royal Dog of Egypt and even has become legendary as the friend of Pharaohs. Originating in the Fertile Crescent and classed as a “sighthound,” this dog is well known for being deep-chested and comes with long legs.
Like the Saluki, the Azawakh is a sighthound, but its primary role in life is to be a protector. Moving more like a cat than a dog thanks to its thin build, however their moves can rapidly become a gallop, and found in a variety of colours though the dog’s sandy brown coat is usually constant, and comes with almond colored eyes, the Azawakh is actually pretty rare; its one of the few African breeds of dog that are actually available to buy in both Canada and in the United States. Reaching around $3,000 or even higher, this dog is certainly not for the faint-hearted because they require a lot of physical activity, but they give back loyalty to owners who are kind and affectionate to them, and they will form an exceptionally deep bond with their owners, though they are well known to be independent, according to the wikipedia article about the breed.
18. Pharaoh Hound
Like the Saluki, this dog has its history written in nobility, and they are known as rabbit dogs since they are used to hunt rabbits. Known as Malta’s national dog, the Hound is highly attractive to prospective buyers who are interested in buying a dog which isn’t really fat, and the Hound only has a slight amount of fat on its body. Although technically they don’t have ties to Egypt, there is a myth that the Pharaoh Hound class originated from Tesem, the Ancient Egyptian hunting dogs. Independent like the Azawakh, the Pharaoh Hound is rarely stubborn. Their prices range from between $3,500 and $9,000.
17. Tibetan Mastiff
Home to not just Tibet, but from heralding from China, Central Asia, Nepal, and from Ladakh, the Mastiff has set a record as being a dog likely to be sold in China for $2 million, although their prices vary from $5,500 to $9,500. This large dog has been used as a guardian by nomadic people in Asian countries for centuries, protecting sheep from bears, leopards, wolves, and other predators. Temperament varies from wherever the dog is bred, according to the Wikipedia article about the mastiff – in the West, this dog is generally seen as easy going and is well known for being protective of its owners, although it isn’t recommended for novice dog owners to buy a Tibetan Mastiff.
16. Chow Chow
This type of list is not complete without the Chow Chow. Originating from China with a majestic appearance with a fur coat reminiscent of a lion’s mane, the Chow Chow is a sturdily built dog in appearance. The Chow Chow is an expensive animal to buy, they can vary between $3,000 and $9,000 in price, but their price can be worthwhile given the Chow Chow’s fierce loyalty to their master even if they are categorized on some lists as a dangerous dog to have as a pet. The Chow Chow isn’t really active despite being primarily hunting dogs, but they do accept exercise and they will become assertive towards their owners in anticipation of a good walk. It’s a good idea for the Chow Chow to socialise with other dogs to help it adjust to a new setting.
The Japanese Akita is another dog which cannot be left off of this list, which sells for $3,500 in price. Originating from the mountainous areas of northern Japan, the Akita is unique in that it comes in two separate strains – the Japanese Akita, and the American Akita, according to wikipedia’s article about the Akita. In Japan, the Akita is well known for being a hunting animal. The American variety came about in the days after the Second World War, where the Japanese Akita impressed US soldiers. Well known for being big boned, the Akita is somewhat reserved around strangers and it is territorial about its surroundings. The Akita shares a very cat-like trait in it will clean itself after eating, and also appear presentable for a mate. First-time buyers looking for a particularly expensive breed of dog should not buy the Akita; the dog is large, powerful, and in some countries, they are generally seen as dangerous, and their personality as being dominant and independent should also be seen as a warning to first-time owners. However, they can be extremely loyal and affectionate towards their owners.
14. German Shepherd
Selling for a minimum of just $6,500 and is highly intelligent and strong thanks to its bone structure, the German Shepherd has been bred exclusively to be a guard dog, and are mostly used by the police and for security guarding. However, the dog is well known for its duties as a rescue dog. The German Shepherd is perfect for its work as a police dog as it is known for its alert and fearless, according to Dog Breed info.com, the temperament of the dog can also be cheerful and tranquil as well, the ideal owner of this dog should be calm, confident and yet firm. It’s a good idea if you buy a German Shepherd you buy one that has been trained to be obedient from a young age. They are not for owners who are nervous, as they will become skittish and they can develop a biting habit.
13. Canadian Eskimo Dog
One of the oldest purebred dogs you are likely to find in North America, the Canadian Eskimo dog has found itself an important place to the Inuit people – they provided a means for the Inuit to travel as they pulled sledges, aided their masters as hunters and they served as protectors. Home of the Indigenous and Majestic Eskimo dog has a great deal of history of this breed. Highly expensive as pets, costing around $6,000 in price, the Canadian Eskimo dog is highly affectionate and loyal for dog owners.
Known as “little lion” in German, and fetching between $5,000 and $8,000 in price, this dog is smaller than the others mentioned on this list and is seen as very cute, the Lowchen certainly lives up to its name as it tends to lead, so it is essential that if you buy this dog, you make sure it knows you are the one in charge, as Pet’s Haunt’s article about the most expensive dog breeds highlights. Fortunately, the Lowchen is a great pet for owners with children, as they are generally happy and friendly, and they are highly intelligent with a rich history as a companion. They don’t like being on their own for long periods.
11. Peruvian Inca Orchid
Unlike most of the dogs on this list, particularly the Chow Chow, the Peruvian Inca Orchid is unique in that it is virtually hairless aside from a few hairs on its feet and on the top of its head, and has skin which is known as ‘elephant grey,’ though they can have a copper coloured variation. Costing $3,000 in price, the Peruvian Inca Orchid are affectionate to their owners but they are wary around strangers, and they are protective, highly protective of women and children within the family. They don’t like being left on their own, but they can be trained to cope with being on their own. If you buy this dog, make sure you live in a place where it isn’t too hot, they don’t like that type of environment.
10. Czechoslovakian Vlcak
Relatively new to any expensive dog list, according to The Dog’s Digest, the first problem you should expect to cope with if you want to buy this dog is you will need to travel to the Czech Republic. The price can vary from $1,500, this breed of dog is purely manmade thanks to a mixture of German Shepherd dogs with Carpathian Wolves during a breeding program from 1955, and is bred to assist with security. The Vlcak is strong and agile, but highly obedient in temperament. Like wolves, this dog is incredibly social and can live with smaller animals it should see as prey, but it can form relationships with humans.
Playful, competitive, and highly alert, the Samoyed heralds from Siberia, where it takes its name from the Samoyedic peoples that live there, the Samoyed is perfect as a family pet since aggressive Samoyeds are very rare to find. They are very friendly animals, but they can become guard dogs that will bark when necessary, like when a stranger approaches their territory. People looking to buy a Samoyed should expect to pay from $8,000 to $10,000 in price.
8. Cane Corso
Another dog on this list which needs firm handling and discipline according to Tail & Fur’s article on the most expensive dog breeds out there, the Cane Corso is highly affectionate with its owners and are fortunately easy enough to train, which makes them ideal as pets. They are good with children. They are also extremely protective of their homes. They are also expensive – the puppies can range in price from $1,500 to $4,000.
7. Saint Bernard
Seen as difficult to train as well as unpredictable in nature, Saint Bernard is an Alpine mastiff which is quite expensive – the puppies can be $1,500 in price. The dog is seen as a gentle giant with a calm and patient personality around adults and children, though they should be socialized with other people and dogs so they don’t become too dangerous to handle.
6. Bedlington Terrier
A great companion for children, the Bedlington Terrier is a dog which is medium in height which costs around $1,500 in price. They are highly affectionate animals, with a zest for life, and they are extremely fast on their feet, however, they do have a love of fighting with other dogs, though they can be mild mannered at times.
5. Cavalier Charles King Spaniel
Getting its name from King Charles the second, the dog originates from Britain and is popular for being a lapdog. Ranging in price from between $1,000 to $14,000, the spaniel is loved, especially by Royalty, which makes it one of the most expensive dogs on this list. Highly affectionate and friendly, this dog is playful and highly intelligent which makes them especially good for playing with children and other small dogs.
4. English Bulldog
Known for its shuffling gait and its massive head the English Bulldog is generally seen as a lovely animal to have as a pet. It’s often thought they are unaware of their size and power, as its place in Outside online’s article on The 10 Most Expensive Dog breeds tells us. Breeders have worked long and hard to remove all aggressive tendencies from this breed of dog, and they have a friendly disposition towards people as a result, though they can be rather stubborn animals though they are excellent family pets. The English Bull Dog can cost between $2,500 and $9,000 in price.
3. Chinese Crested Hairless
Like the Peruvian Inca Orchid, this dog has practically no hair on its body except for its tail, but this dog is much tinier than the Orchid. Chinese crested hairless dogs cost around $5,000 in price, according to Tail & Fur’s article on the 20 most expensive dog breeds.
Originally the Rottweiler was a pulling dog, the Rottweiler is a highly intelligent animal which is highly enduring and strong, and is highly protective of its owners and they will fight anything in order to protect them from harm. They also protect their territory, so buyers of this dog must buy one which is socialised otherwise the Rottweiler could become dangerous and unpredictable. The animal can be a great family pet despite its depiction in the media as a dangerous animal, but they need to be aware of their limits otherwise they can cause a great deal of damage. The Rottweiler can cost up to $6,000 in price, though this can vary.
1. Irish Wolfhound
Often growing two feet in height and weighing one hundred and eighty pounds, the Irish wolfhound is one of the largest dogs on this list, and one of the most expensive. Prices can be between $1,800 and $2,000. Despite their large size, it is very rare for them to be destructive to the home though this can change if the wolfhound is left on their own for long periods of time, and they are seen as easy going in attitude, and they can be seen as rather introverted. The wolfhound is protective and it will look out more for individuals than possessions.