Most Expensive Dog Breeds
Having a dog nowadays is like having children, they’re part of the family and come with some hefty expenses, not that you will care because you want your pooch to be happy. Dogs are generally expensive pets when taken care of properly, things like their food, accessories, toys, hygiene and cleanliness, and vet bills can quickly add up to a pretty penny. But there are some dogs out there that make your vet bills seem like chump change. In this article, we’ll list the most expensive dog breeds in the world as well as their price tag.
These gentle giants start off our list at $1,500 for a purebred puppy, this is just a starting price, some go for more. Not only is the actual upfront price of the dog expensive, but its upkeep and maintenance are also pretty pricey. Because of the Newfoundland’s enormous size and gait, they are often prone to cardiovascular and orthopaedic problems which means your vet bills will be rather high. Their fur is extremely thick and heavy, so owners will often find that their grooming needs to be taken care of by a professional, which is also an extra expense.
Lakeland Terrier $2000
The Lakeland Terrier, often called the Lakie, originates from the lake district in England. These small furry dogs are little balls of energy and used to be used as working dogs on the farm. Nowadays they’re more family orientated as they’re smart, loyal, affectionate and playful. Everything a family could want in a dog. Because they are considered as a threatened native breed, they are quite rare and cost a lot of money. Typically, you’re looking at anywhere between $1,800 to $2,500 for a purebred puppy from a reputable breeder.
Irish Wolfhound $3000
The Irish Wolfhound is actually one of the tallest dogs in the world, similar to the Great Dane, they can grow to at least 35 inches and weigh a whopping 180 pounds. They also have a fascinating history, these formidable-looking dogs were originally bred to fight in the war, they could pull men off horses and chariots! They’re also hunting dogs for large game like bears. They’re extremely loyal and make great companions. To own one of these shaggy-haired dogs from a young pup expect to pay at least $3000!
The English Bulldog $4,300
These cute, wrinkled dogs, also known as the British Bulldog, are super popular among people who live in apartments and have kids. The British Bulldog is known to be quite a lazy dog, they love to lay down and relax. They also love children and require very little maintenance. They do however often develop medical problems like hip dysplasia because of their body build, which weighs up to 50 pounds but most only develop this towards the end of their lifespan. A typical British Bulldog from a reputable breeder will cost around $4,300.
Portuguese Water Dog $5000
These medium to large breed dogs are originally quite rare and were used as fishing dogs, as they are very smart, have a hypoallergenic coat and would herd the fish into the nets. They earned themselves the nickname, “Water dog” because they would often rescue swimmers. They have recently become more popular dogs as former USA president Barack Obama and his family own two of these breeds. Generally, these dogs are very easy-going with children and other pets when socialized. They are however very active and need to be worked constantly so they don’t get bored.
This skinny sighthound is quite an expensive dog and is considered to be one of the oldest dog breeds around. According to many sources these dogs originated from around 7000 B.C. in Egypt, they are believed to be a gift from the god, Allah. Thus, making these royal dogs pretty expensive, a Saluki puppy starts from $5,500. Their day-to-day upkeep is reasonable as they’re hardy dogs that live up to 14 years. The Saluki’s are known for their laidback personalities and are pretty suited for calm environments, so no screaming children.
These fluffy pooches may look cute and cuddly, but they are actually strong-willed and powerful. These hunting dogs originate from Japan and were used as working dogs for the police and prison guards; thus, they can be quite violent and explosive if not worked properly. Because they are highly intelligent, they must be properly trained from a young age. Interestingly, the first Akita to arrive on American soil was in the 1930s, a gift to actress Helen Keller from her time in Japan. In Japan, the Akita represents happiness and long prosperous life, which is why they cost around $6,500!
Dogo Argentina $8000
The Dogo Argentina is also known as the Argentinian Mastiff is considered to be one of the most dangerous dogs in the world. Some countries have even gone as far as to ban them. They are recognizable by the snowy white fur and intimidating face, but while they are hunting dogs for dangerous large game, they do enjoy relaxing with their owners. What many people may find surprising is that they actually enjoy playing with children and cuddling with their owners, the key is to train and socialise them from young. Because of their rarity, they start from $8000.
Czechoslovakian wolfdog $50,000
This stunning working dog is the national dog of the Czech Republic and is incredibly rare, so rare that most of the time they can only be bought from the Czech Republic at a whopping $50,000! They were bred in 1955 when German Shepherds were cross bred with wolves, resulting in a powerful pack animal. They’re used as working dogs for K9 units, service work and police work. Several states in the USA have banned these hybrid wolves because they’re considered wild animals. Because they’re pack animals, they can’t be left alone but are friendly and very loyal.
Tibetan Mastiff $2000 – Millions of dollars
The most expensive dog on our list is the Tibetan Mastiff, native to China and Nepal they can weigh up to 160 pounds. They were originally bred in 1000 B.C. Tibet for hunting and guarding against wild animals like Leopards and wolves. Their extremely thick coat keeps them off in the snow and makes them a status of nobility in China. They are highly intelligent but stubborn, so training is quite difficult, but totally worth it as they’re super loyal. A businessman in China bought a pure-bred puppy for $1.95 million, making them the most expensive dogs in the world.