Man’s best friend doesn’t always come free. In fact, some are willing to pay in the thousands for certain types of dogs, even breeds that are fairly easy to obtain. Though costs will vary based on location and breeder, these 13 breeds often have the highest average price tag.
The most popular dog breeds are not the worlds most expensive dog breeds, but the luxury dogs rate high in the top of the list. Popular dog breeds change from year to year and from country to country; and so do the most expensive dogs in the world.
What Makes a Dog Expensive?
There are a variety of factors which make dogs expensive. Purity of breed or their rarity can make dogs extremely expensive. When they are offspring from prize winning dogs the prices can skyrocket too, but the biggest factor is the C-factor. As soon as a dog is spotted or photographed in possession of a celebrity, the dog’s price will shoot beyond the moon. It has happened in the past, and it will happen in the future.
The Most Expensive Dog Breeds
Roaming along the internet, in a variety of countries here is a countdown of the top most expensive dog breeds our editors found.
01. Irish Wolfhound ($1,500 to $2,000)
Two thousand dollars might seem a small price to pay for the tallest of dogs, also known for a commanding appearance. Irish Wolfhounds are known for their athletic ability, especially in endurance running. And of course, there is an Irish proverb to describe their personality: “Gentle when stroked, fierce when provoked.”
02. Saluki – $2,500
The Saluki is a breed of dog that is known for its aloofness. This breed is very loyal to its owner and can become extremely attached to a single person. These are great with children as long as the children do not roughhouse and act as a threat.
The Saluki is an insecure breed that must be trained gently but with a firm and consistent manner. They are submissive by nature and can be easily distracted. It’s important that you establish your status as the pack leader or else your Saluki will not feel secure with its surroundings.
03. Pharaoh Hound ($2,500 to $6,500)
Another one of the oldest domesticated dogs in history, the Pharaoh Hound is thought to have originated in Egypt as far back as 3000 B.C., according to the AKC. A medium-sized dog with a coat that can range from tan to chestnut to red golden, Pharaohs have a unique “blush” in which their nose and ears turn a deep rose color with excitement. Used today for hunting, obedience and lure coursing, Egyptian Pharaoh Hounds are friendly, playful and intelligent family members. Their athleticism also requires regular exercise, particularly in a fenced-in area to prevent them from chasing after small game.
04. Akita ($1,500 to $4,500)
The Akita breed originated in Japan. Akita dogs are docile, courageous, fearless, and surprisingly intelligent. They are family oriented dogs. Akitas socialize well and they can be very spontaneous. The Akita needs a firm and confident pack leader or else they will act spontaneously and out of order often.
Because the Akita needs a firm leader, it is important that all humans establish their higher-order over the dog, or else you may see excessive biting and growling coming from it. The proper training and exercise will ensure that you have a well-tempered animal.
05. Chow Chow – $3,000 – $8,000
An ancient breed that dates back to around 300 B.C., Chow Chows are thought to have originated in China and served as hunting, birding and guard dogs. A medium-sized dog with a large head and round muzzle, the Chow Chow is recognizable by their blue-black tongue and lion-like coat. Loyal to their owners and prized by dog fanciers for their regal appearance, Chow Chows are truly a unique breed.
06. Tibetan Mastiff ($2,200 to $7,000)
Though it is thought to be one of the most influential and ancient dog breeds, the history of the Tibetan Mastiff remains a mystery. While some function as livestock protectors, most Tibetan Mastiffs are kept as family guardians and companions. A large, strong breed with a massive head, thick coat and long, bushy tail, the rareness of the Tibetan Mastiffs can drive up their prices. In 2011, a Tibetan Mastiff by the name of “Big Splash” was sold for an astounding 1.5 million dollars by a Chinese businessman, making it the most expensive dog ever sold.
The massive Tibetan Mastiff displays a “noble bearing” and a royal price tag to go with it. It is an aloof and watchful breed, with an immense double coat and a kind expression. But the breed’s dignified personality can also translate into a reluctance to participate in organized activities like obedience.
07. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – $1,000 – $14,000
Named in honor of King Charles II of England, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has been considered a fashionable lap dog and family companion since the 17th century. Easygoing and friendly, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels thrive in both the city and the country and require regular grooming.
08. Rottweiler ($2,000 to $8,000)
Rottweilers are as multi-talented as they are robust and powerful. The intelligent, patient breed often works as a police dog, herder, service dog, therapy dog, or obedience competitor. But Rottweilers are also protective and self-confident, making them excellent companions.
09. Lowchen ($5,000 to $8,000)
Löwchen means “little lion” in German, a fitting name for this small dog with an impressive mane of hair and talent for agility. The breed is often given a “lion” trim, too: clipped close to the skin at the hindquarters, with cuffs of hair around the ankles and a plumed tail.
10. English Bulldog ($2,500 to $9,000)
Originally used during the 19th century in England for bull baiting, Bulldogs exhibit courageousness and ferocious tenacity. With a clownish and amiable personality, Bulldogs have become popular companion dogs and are now among the most popular breeds in the United States. Known for its affinity for sleeping and eating, Bulldogs require little more than a daily walk. Because of their short muzzles, the breed is prone to breathing problems among other health-related issues, making them a more expensive choice than other breeds.
11. Samoyed ($4,000 to $11,000)
Bright and alert, with a weather-resistant coat, Samoyeds excel at agility, herding, weight pulling, sledding, pack hiking, and conformation shows, among many others. But the Samoyed’s premium price could also be due to its looks: a coat that ranges from pure white to biscuit, and black lips that curl into a well-known “Samoyed smile”.
Originating from Siberia, the Samoyed is a devoted and friendly man’s best friend who is not afraid to be playful when the time is right. Samoyeds are a gentle breed who are friendly to everyone they come in contact with, including intruders of your home. It’s much too friendly for you to use it as a watchdog, although it will definitely alert you when they are in the presence of someone strange.
12. German Shepherd – $3,000 – $24,000
A breed that’s both intelligent and versatile, the German Shepherd was originally developed to guard and herd flocks of sheep but today makes for an ideal companion and, among other things, police, guard, war and search-and-rescue dog. Because of their versatility and skill set, a well-trained German Shepherd can be a costly expense. The breed is a devoted family dog but can be protective and suspicious towards strangers and other dogs.
13. Bearded Collie – $1,000 and $5,000
The Bearded Collie is considered as one of Britain’s oldest breeds. It was in 1514 when a Scottish shepherd was said to breed a Polish Sheepdog with his other herding and flock dogs such as the Komondor and Old English Sheepdogs. These breeds were said to form the foundation of the breed. In 1967, the first litter of Bearded Collies in the USA was whelped.
Bearded Collies are good hunting and herding dogs. They can grow to a height of 20-22 inches and can weigh 60 pounds. They do not thrive well when kept indoors in cramped living spaces. They hate to be confined and prefer to be outdoors even in adverse weather conditions.
The Most Expensive Dog Ever Sold
The most expensive dog ever sold was recently in March 2011, a red “Tibetan mastiff” called Big Splash, or “Hong Dong” in Chinese. This most expensive dog ever is already 11 months-old and already stands nearly three-feet-high at the shoulder and weighs more than 180lbs, says his breeder, Lu Liang. He was purchased by a chinese multi-millionaire coal baron.
‘Big Splash’ sold for an amazing 10 million Yuan which is about 1.5 million US Dollars and beats the earlier record set by another Tibetan Mastiff Tibetan mastiff” called Yangtze River Number Two which was sold to a chinese woman in 2009 for a whopping 4 million Yuan (About $609,000). But this still doesn’t make the Tibetan Mastiff generally the most expensive dog breed.
More is not always better. The price of the dog is not important, it is all about the love it gives to you and the love you can give back to the animal.