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45 Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – The Prices of Luxury Dogs

The list of the top 10 most expensive dog breeds in the world.
Written by Richard Jeng

When it comes to picking out your new puppy, there are plenty of factors that may be taken into consideration.

Popular factors include; looks, personality, temperament and dog intelligence. But i’d argue that price of dog breed should be taken into consideration as well.

Whether you’re actually planning to pick up one of these dogs that costs a pretty penny or just interested in the information, here are the world’s most expensive dog breeds.

List of Most Expensive Dog Breeds

These costly dog breeds are based on our research of the market and may be subject to change.

However, if a breed is listed in the top 45, there’s a pretty good chance they stay in the top 45 (or close) despite price fluctuations over the years.

45. Ibizan Hound

AVERAGE PRICE: $800 – $1,200

The Ibizan Hound is one of Spain’s most iconic dog breeds. Their origins go as far back as 3400 BC from the popular tourist destination, Ibiza.

According to Dog Breeds List, the price of these dogs range between $800 and $1200 USD. But with their polite demeanor, friendly attitude and family-oriented personalities, it’s easy to see why.

Unfortunately, they’re one of the rarer dog breeds on this list. As a matter of fact, they’re ranked 152 out of 193 breeds for popularity in 2019.

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44. German Shepherd

AVERAGE PRICE: $500 – $1,500

German Shepherds are the world’s best police dogs. With their speed, strength, obedience and loyalty, it’s easy to see why these dogs are so valuable to law enforcements all over the world.

The price of German Shepherds can range quite a bit, with the high end lineage dogs costing upwards of $5000. But because they’re popular dogs, you can also find some around the $500 range.

With German Shepherds, you get what you pay for – an amazing companion and skilled working dog.

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43. Samoyed

AVERAGE PRICE: $600 – $1,500

Samoyeds are smart dogs, as they're the 44th smartest dog breed.

The Samoyed is a dog breed that’s relatively rare. Expect to pay close to $1000 USD for a healthy puppy from a reputable breeder. With this price, you’ll be left little for the groomers (they shed a lot!).

The reason for the wide price range is because of several factors that’ll affect the price of the Samoyed. Factors such as gender, certifications (pure bred guarantees) and bloodlines.

Most of the time, male Samoyed dogs will cost more than their female counterparts, especially in the dog breeding world. We never recommend supporting puppy mills and dog stores (supplied by mills).

42. Staffordshire Bull Terrier

AVERAGE PRICE: $800 – $1,500

For around $1150 USD you can get yourself one of the world’s most tenacious and courageous dog breed, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

Though they were once fierce fighting dogs in England, they’re mainly kind and sweet dogs today. Plus, they’re great with children.

Socialization is absolutely necessary for these dogs, otherwise they may show their dog-fighting instincts from back in the day.

41. Newfoundland

AVERAGE PRICE: $800 – $1,500

Newfoundlands are large black dogs that have a reputation for a calm personality and a strong work ethic.

Though they were once trained to work with fishermen in Newfoundland (Canada), they’re mainly family companions and nanny dogs today.

Given what you get in return, the $1150 price tag seems very reasonable.

40. Canadian Eskimo Dog

AVERAGE PRICE: $800 – $1,200

Along with the Greenland Dog, the Canadian Eskimo was brought from Siberia to North America over 1000 years ago. So, some may argue they’re actually Russian dogs.

These Arctic working dogs are some of the world’s best sled dogs because of their great stamina and work ethic.

They’re sturdy, powerful, agile and loyal. However, they come with a hefty price tag, as all great dogs do. Expect to pay around $1000 USD for one.

39. Yorkshire Terrier

AVERAGE PRICE: $1,200 – $1,500

We measure a Yorkie's intelligence based on working and obedience intelligence.

The Yorkshire Terrier, or Yorkie, comes is many sizes. Despite being one of the smallest terriers, they can get even smaller with the miniature and teacup variation.

For these small playful dogs, expect to pay around $1300 USD for a puppy. For so little dog, that’s a big price to pay.

Still, there’s a reason why millions of owners fork up the cash to raise one. They’re some of the best lap dogs money can buy.

38. Old English Sheepdog

AVERAGE PRICE: $1,200 – $1,500

Highly intelligent and calm, the Old English Sheepdog is a large dog known for its shaggy-appearance and bear-like gait.

They have all the qualities of a premier family dog. The OSE is a great playmate for kids, an excellent watch dog and an affectionate companion.

For all of those characteristics (and so much more), it’s easy to see why they’re prices around $1400 per puppy.

37. Bernese Mountain Dog

AVERAGE PRICE: $800 – $2,000

Bernese mountain dogs are some of the smartest dog breeds in the world.

The Bernese Mountain Dog is one of my personal favorite breed for all the right reasons. In addition to being large teddy bears, Bernies are patient, loving, calm and good-natured.

When they need to be guard dogs, they’ll spring into action. If you need a second pair of eyes on your kids, they’ll do that too.

There’s so much to love with the Bernese Mountain Dog and the $1400 you’d have to pay seems like a good deal.

36. Saint Bernard

AVERAGE PRICE: $800 – $2,000

Saint Bernards are very much like Bernies, in the sense that they’re “nanny dogs.” If you’re looking for a charming and dependable big dog, look no further.

Though the Saint Bernard originated from the Swiss Alps, they’re one of the world’s most recognizable breed – thanks to Beethoven.

Expect to pay around $1400 USD for a Saint Bernard puppy. However, the price can vary quite a bit with these dogs.

35. Landseer

AVERAGE PRICE: $1,500

The Landseer dog is what I like to call the “cow dog.” With a fluffy white coat and large black spots, you can’t deny the uncanny resemblance!

These dogs have close ties to the Newfoundland and are often mistaken for the black and white Newfie.

And even though they aren’t recognized by any kennel clubs, they’re fairly expensive. But given their gentle demeanor, they may very well be worth the $1500.

34. Kerry Blue Terrier

AVERAGE PRICE: $1,000 – $2,000

The Kerry Blue Terrier is the terrier that most resembles a Poodle.

Is there a dog breed more exotic-looking than the Kerry Blue Terrier? These terriers are famously known for their unique blue coats.

But to experience raising these awesome “show-stopping” dogs, expect to shell out roughly $1500 for one.

However, they’re more than just eye-candy. Kerry Blue Terriers are highly adaptable dogs with a family-oriented personality. They’re great companions, but also suitable watch dogs.

33. Miniature Bull Terrier

AVERAGE PRICE: $1,200 – $2,000

The Miniature Bull Terrier was a breed that I didn’t expect to crack the most expensive dogs list. With their egg-shaped heads and mischievous temperaments, these dogs can be a handful.

But in terms of entertainment, there is no breed better than the Mini Bull Terrier. As a matter of fact, they’ve been crowned the “clown prince” by the AKC.

Paying roughly $1600 for a dog may seem expensive, but they’re probably worth it. There will never be a dull moment with these dogs.

32. Akita Inu

AVERAGE PRICE: $750 – $2,500

Caring for an Akita requires enough exercise and grooming.

The Akita dog has long been the prized dog breed of Japan.  In 2016 before the Putin-Abe summit, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gifted Russian President Vladimir Putin a male puppy Akita to pair with his current female Akita, named Yume.

Putin eventually declined the offer with concerns about how the new puppy would get along with Yume. However, this shows just how much respect the Japanese have for this dog breed.

A well-bred Akita registered with the AKC should run you around $1650. Any breeder selling you an Akita for under $500 should not be purchased at the risk of potential long term health risks.

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31. Bouvier des Flandres

AVERAGE PRICE: $1,200 – $2,200

Like all good things from France, the Bouvier des Flandres comes with a significant price tag. Expect these dogs to cost you around $1,700 per puppy.

In return, you get a sturdy multi-purpose dog that’s capable of many jobs. With a powerful core, huge size and a strong will, there are few things this dog can’t do.

The Bouviers are affectionate dogs and can make formidable guardians for your family too. You’ll just need to be a little patient with them.

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30. Golden Retriever

AVERAGE PRICE: $500 – $3,000

Golden Retrievers shed because they have a double coat.

Because Golden Retrievers are so wildly popular, the cost of these dogs can drastically vary. There’s a huge demand, but also a huge supply.

With that said, cost will depend on the reputation of the breeder and the puppy’s pedigree. You can find one for a few hundred dollars, but expect to pay a few thousand for the best.

It’s easy to see why these dogs cost so much – every family (or so it seems) wants one! Oh, and they’re easily one of the smartest dogs too.

29. Spinone Italiano

AVERAGE PRICE: $1,500 – $2,000

The Spinone Italiano is one of the Italy’s most famous and ancient dog breeds. Once highly skilled hunting companions, the Italianos are mainly just pets today.

However, they retained the versatility from their hunting days. Given their study build, dense coat and patience, it’s hard to find a more reliable Italian dog.

But for the cost of a high-end Italian purse, is the Spinone Italiano worth the $1750 price tag? I think so!

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28. Irish Wolfhound

AVERAGE PRICE: $1,500 – $2,000

The Irish Wolfhound is not a common sight, but they’re some of the tallest dogs in the world, standing over 30 inches tall.

And among all of AKC’s recognized dog breeds, they’re the tallest dog. However, their height isn’t the only that’s “high,” but their price too.

But for about $1750, you’ll be able to own a fearless and powerful hunting dog that’s gentle and patient in the home.

27. Basset Hound

AVERAGE PRICE: $1,700 – $2,000

The Basset Hound may just be the world’s most expensive dog nose. And according to Animal Planet, they have the second best nose in the dogdom.

In fact, their noses have 220 million scent receptors. For reference, we (humans) only have 5 million scent receptors.

This amazing characteristic alone is a great argument for the Basset Hound’s steep price tag.

26. Great Dane

AVERAGE PRICE: $600 and $3,000

As the largest dog breed in the world, the Great Dane may actually be a great “bang for the buck” dog breed.

These dogs can weigh up to 200 pounds! So if you think about, they’re definitely worth paying around $1800 for one.

And just because they’re huge dogs doesn’t mean they’re aggressive. Rather, Great Danes are friendly, patient and kind dogs.

25. Bedlington Terrier

AVERAGE PRICE: $1,800 – $2,000

Bedlington Terriers are essentially little dogs sporting a sheep coat. For these exotic-looking English dogs, expect to pay roughly $1900 for a puppy.

They’re famously known for their pear-like head shape and “tasseled” ears. It’s impossible to mistaken a Bedlington Terrier because they’re just that different.

Whether it’s their special physical characteristics or charming personalities, the Bedlington Terrier will cost you a pretty penny.

24. Doberman Pinscher

AVERAGE PRICE: $1,500 – $2,500

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Doberman Pinschers are the ultimate “brains and brawn” dogs. With nearly 100 pounds of muscles, these dogs know how to put their strength to use.

They’re loyal (to a fault), courageous and highly intelligent dogs. And over the years, they’ve made a name for themselves as some of the best guard dogs.

But all good things come with a price. And for $2,000 USD, Doberman Pinschers are not cheap at all.

23. Pharaoh Hound

AVERAGE PRICE: $1,500 – $2,500

This ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Hound will cost you a pretty penny to own.

The Egyptian Pharaoh Hound is considered one of the oldest dog breeds in existence, dating back to 4000 BC. These dogs can be seen in hieroglyphics and ancient Egyptian artifacts from that time period.

Because of this, it adds as extra layer of mystery and excitement to these dogs. But does it warrant such a high price? That’s for you to decide.

Today, these dogs are only bred on the archipelago island of Malta, making them extremely rare and expensive to buy. A single dog can cost you around $2000 USD.

22. Lakeland Terrier

AVERAGE PRICE: $1,800 – $2,200

The Lakeland Terrier is like your typical terrier without a very “typical” price tag. These dogs are spirited, energetic and lively.

In fact, they’re the ultimate personification of the cliche phrase, “big dog in small package.” But these British dogs don’t come cheap, as they shouldn’t.

They’ll set you back about $2000 per puppy. But for a lifelong companion and activity buddy, it may very well be worth it.

21. Caucasian Ovtcharka

AVERAGE PRICE: $1000 – $3000

The Caucasian Shepherd Dog is a massive dog breed, weighing up to 170 pounds. They are great guardians and working dogs.

They’re difficult to obtain outside their home country of Russia, which may explain why they cost to much money.

If you’re looking for a large guard dog with a lot of loyalty, the Caucasian Shepherd dog may be perfect (though it will cost you around $2000).

20. Saluki

AVERAGE PRICE: $1,000 – $3,000

Like the Pharaoh Hound, the Saluki dogs also originate from Egypt. They’re known to be skilled hunters with enough speed and endurance to chase down prey in rocky terrain.

The Salukis are regarded as one of the oldest domesticated dog breeds for good reason. They’re confident and independent, but also loyal and obedient with the right training.

The average price of a well-bred Saluki can run you anywhere between $1,800 to $2,000 – making it one of the most expensive dog breeds in the world.

19. Dogo Argentino

AVERAGE PRICE: $2,100

Developed in Argentina, the Dogo Argentino is a massive pack hunting dog known for high intelligence, great strength and speed.

They were developed to track and hunt down the most dangerous game. For that reason alone, the $2,100 average price seems reasonable.

However, they’re not that intense all the time. When these dogs are at home, they’re friendly and positive dogs.

18. Tosa Inu

AVERAGE PRICE: $1,700 – $2,500

The Tosa Inu is one of the most fierce dog breeds to originate from Japan.

Bred to be the dog fighting champion of Japan, the Tosa Inu is a huge and fearless mastiff. Though they don’t fight anymore, they can still retain the aggressive nature of their ancestors.

Expect to pay an average price of $2100 if you can find a Tosa Inu. However, some countries have put them on the dangerous dogs list and banned them.

If you do bring one home, they’re not recommended for inexperienced dog trainers or owners.

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17. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

AVERAGE PRICE: $1,800 – $2,500

The Toller is a dog breed you don’t see every day. They’re originally duck-hunting companions and the hunters certainly paid a hefty price.

They’re tireless dogs and can easily outplay you should you ever try to keep up with one. The best way to deal with their energy is to take them swimming.

Tollers have webbed feet and are fantastic swimmers, as needed to retrieve ducks from the bodies of water.

16. Black Russian Terrier

AVERAGE PRICE: $1,800 – $2,500

Developed by the Soviet Union, the Black Russian Terrier was intended for military use. They are large powerful dogs you don’t want to mess with.

So for about $2150, you’ll be able to get yourself one of the world’s best watch and guard dog. Really, they were bred for this job!

There are few people in this world that would dare mess with a Black Russian Terrier.

15. Dogue de Bordeaux

AVERAGE PRICE: $1,400 – $2,900

The massive Dogue de Bordeaux is also called the French Mastiff. They have strong protective instincts and are some of the best guard dogs around.

Expect to pay upwards of $2000 if you plan to bring one home. But for the price, you get a highly dependable companion that can serve many purposes.

Just be aware that they’re big on drooling. And by drooling, I mean they drool a lot.

14. Berger Picard

AVERAGE PRICE: $2,000 – $2,500

Independent yet loyal, the Berger Picard strikes the perfect balance for a family companion. Still, they can be stubborn at times and require consistent positive training.

Physically, Berger Picards are known for their pointy, long erected ears. They’ll always have an interesting J-shaped tail that tapers off.

However, to bring one home, expect to budget around $2250 for a puppy from a reputable breeder.

13. Azawakh

AVERAGE PRICE: $2,000 – $2,500

Azawakh dogs are some of. the most loving and affectionate sighthounds you can find. For that reason, they make fine family companions.

Like with the best, Azawakhs will cost you quite a bit. Specifically, you’ll want to budget roughly $2250 USD for a puppy.

But for a dog breed with such a pleasant personality, they may be worth the cost. And depending on where you live, they can be very hard to find.

12. Norfolk Terrier

AVERAGE PRICE: $2,000 – $2,500

Weighing just barely over 11 pounds, Norfolk Terriers may be considered one of the most expensive small dog breeds.

They may have all the physical qualities of a toy dog, but don’t count on them to be your lap dog and lounge around all day. After all, they are terriers.

They’re energetic, free-spirited and courageous, but they also like to have a lot of fun. If you’re willing to pay for all the entertainment they bring, they’re worth the price.

11. French Bulldog

AVERAGE PRICE: $1,500 – $3,000

Creamed color Frenchies are probably the rarest colors for this breed.

French Bulldogs have quietly become one of, if not the, most popular small dog in America. With the significant demand, you should expect to pay around $2250 for a puppy.

A big reason why these dogs are so expensive if because of the breeding process. They require artificial insemination and c-sections in order to reproduce.

However, their playful attitudes and lively temperaments make them worth the high price. It’s why so many millions are willing to put out the cash.

10. Rottweiler

AVERAGE PRICE: $1,000 – $4,000

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The Rottweiler is regarded as one of the top 10 most popular dog breeds in the United States (currently sitting at number 8). They’re loyal, smart and confident dogs. But they’re also pricey.

A well-bred Rottweiler from a reputable breeder can cost you anywhere between 1 to 4 thousand dollars. But expect to pay an average of $2,500 for a healthy puppy with papers.

Rotties are known to be susceptible to numerous health problems, some more serious than others. Heart disease, bone cancer, eye diseases and hypothyroidism can all be common for Rottweilers.

This means that it’s even more important to find a reputable breeder if this is your puppy of choice. If the price it too low, you may want to look elsewhere in this case.

9. Cavalier King Charles

AVERAGE PRICE: $1,800 – $3,500

The CKC Spaniel is a costly dog to breed, which translates to a higher price for the potential buyer. Because of the incurred expenses of breeding the Cavalier King Charles, it is rare to find any bargains on these dogs.

If you have been offered a price under $1,000, note that it may just be a down payment. It’s just “too good to be true” in this case.

You may be able to find registered Cavaliers for a lot less at a puppy mill or an inexperienced / negligent breeder, but the cost for immediate health care may end up costing you more.

8. Cane Corso

AVERAGE PRICE: $1,500 – $4,000

The Cane Corso has a rich history and lineage that can be traced back to the times of Ancient Rome. From then till now, they’ve served as high-end guard dogs.

In fact, their name in latin translates to “bodyguard dog.” But if you’re seeking protection from a Cane Corso, expect to put out some serious cash.

They’re large dogs that strut in a majestic manner. For a wonderful companion and a loyal protector, I’d consider dishing out $2750 for one.

7. English Bulldog

AVERAGE PRICE: $1,500 – $4,000

English bulldogs have become increasingly popular dogs throughout the years, and the price backs this up. But what exactly makes bulldogs so expensive? There is a good reason.

An English bulldog must be C-sectioned from its mother at birth, which is generally a more complicated process. Thus, requiring more costs for breeders to breed these dogs.

The pregnancy requires the bulldog to make frequent visits to the veterinarian, which can add on extra costs passed down to the buyer.

It’s possible to find these dogs for less than $1,500, but buying from a reputable breeder is highly recommended for dogs that require extra attention during pregnancy.

6. Chow Chow

AVERAGE COST: $800 – $5,000

Owners looking to buy a chow chow can see large price variance during their search. There are numerous factors that can determine your chow chow’s price (location, lineage, breeder reputation, etc.)

The average price from a reputable breeder can be about $2900. These high-end Chows tend to come with papers and a reputable lineage.

These dogs won’t make your list of the smartest dog breeds. In fact, they rank at the top of the list for the least intelligent dog breeds. Regardless, they have a certain charm to them and are widely popular in China.

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5. Neapolitan Mastiff

AVERAGE PRICE: $800 – $5,000

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Like the Cane Corso, the Neapolitan Mastiff has roots from ancient Rome. They were powerful guardians back then, and they haven’t changed since.

Costing around $2900 for a Neapolitan, they’re just slightly more expensive than the Cane Corso. But what intruder dares mess with one of these?

When they’re not guarding the home, they’re wonderful loyal dogs. A Neapolitan Mastiff will always have your back!

4. Tibetan Mastiff

AVERAGE PRICE: $1,500 – $5,000

The Tibetan Mastiff is by far the most expensive dog breed from China.

A Tibetan Mastiff is known for its massive stature and considered one of the most prized guard dogs in China. In fact, the most expensive dog ever sold was a Tibetan mastiff.

More likely, you’ll find this dog for $1500 to $5,000, with an average of $1,800 to $2,500 from a reputable breeder. As mentioned, the price can vary significantly – upwards of a million dollars!

Rumor has it that a couple of these dogs can take down a lion, making them the ultimate guard dogs. Whether they actually can or not, this rumor has never been confirmed (or at least I hope it hasn’t).

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3. Olde English Bulldogge

AVERAGE PRICE: $200 – $6,500

In terms of price, the Olde English Bulldogge has the greatest cost variance. They are great guardian dogs that can cost you $3350 for a reputable puppy.

Though they’re borderline medium-sized dogs, they possess a ton of strength. Plus, they’re a lot more agile than they look.

Although they’re relatively new dogs, they have a huge following. But is it enough to justify this high-end price?

2. Portuguese Water Dog

AVERAGE PRICE: $2,000 – $6,000

The Portuguese water dog was bred for the same job as the Poodle.

The Portuguese Water Dog really surprised me in terms of price. Once loyal companions to fishermen, the Portuguese is primarily a family dog today.

Part of the reason why owners are willing to fork out the money is because they’re highly intelligent and obedient dog breeds. They’re very “biddable” dogs.

But having to pay $4000 USD for a healthy puppy seems a little steep to me. Still, I wouldn’t blame you if you wanted one that bad.

1. Löwchen

AVERAGE COST: $4,000 – $8,000

The Löwchen, also known as the Little Lion Dog, is the world’s most expensive dog breed simply because of how rare they are. In 1973, there were just a mere 65 registered examples of the Löwchen breed.

Today, only a few hundred new Löwchens are registered every year in the world. Due to scarcity, price for these prized dogs have sky-rocketed and can fetch well over $10,000 USD per dog.

These dogs have been recognized since the Renaissance period, as seen in several famous paintings from the era. They were widely popular breeds with noblemen, but have since become near extinct.

Most breed registries, such as the AKC, consider the Löwchens a toy dog in the non-sporting category.

The Most Expensive Dog Ever Sold

The most expensive dog ever sold was a tibetan mastiff, for 2 million dollars.

The most expensive dog ever purchased was recorded on March 17th, 2014. The purchase was for a pure golden-haired Tibetan Mastiff puppy at the price of $1.95 million USD (or 12 Million Chinese Yuan).

The dog was bought by a property developer at a luxury pet fair in the eastern province of Zhejiang (China), according to the Chinese newspaper: Qianjiang Evening News.

This makes the Tibetan Mastiff puppy the single most expensive dog ever sold, at least from what has been publicly recorded as of today. The breeder of the puppy, Zhang Gengyun, claimed that the mastiff had “lion’s blood” in him.

Zhang further backed the ridiculous price by stating a similar dog was sold for nearly $1 million USD previously.

In case you’re wondering, the second most expensive dog ever sold was also a Tibetan Mastiff, which commanded a price of $1.5 million USD.

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Richard Jeng

Richard has been raising dogs his whole life, including a Poodle, Pomeranian, Corgi and Australian Shepherd. He's always working with animal shelters and dog rescues because of his passion for all dogs. Fun fact: his all time favorite breed is the German Shepherd.

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