When it comes to picking out your new puppy, there are a lot of factors that may be taken into consideration. Some of which, include: looks, personality, temperament and dog intelligence. Price of dog should be taken into consideration as well.
Whether you’re actually planning to pick up a breed 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 10, there’s a pretty good chance they stay in the top 10 (or close) despite price fluctuations over the years.
10. Akita Inu – $750 to $2,500 USD
Highlights: Affectionate, Loyal, Alert.
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 an average of $800 to $1,000. Any breeder selling you an Akita for under $500 should not be purchased at the risk of potential long term health risks that can end up causing you more money down the line.
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9. Chow Chow – $800 to $5,000 USD
Highlights: Stubborn, Dignified, Loyal.
Potential dog owners looking to buy a chow chow can experience a large price gap during their search for the perfect puppy. There are numerous factors that can determine your chow chow’s price. Some of which, include: location, lineage, breeder reputation, litter size and any special physical traits.
The average price for a chow chow is $800. However, this average includes chow chows that have sold with and without papers. However, if you’re looking for a puppy from a renowned breeder with papers, breeding rights and show quality, you can expect to pay upwards of $5,000.
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, chow chows have a certain charm to them and are widely popular in China, which explains the high price.
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8. Saluki – $1,000 to $3,000 USD
Highlights: Gentle, Quiet, Devoted.
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. It is possible to find these dogs for less money, but Saluki owners will tell you that paying a premium for a higher quality puppy Saluki is worth every penny.
7. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – $1,800 to $3,500 USD
Highlights: Loving, Calm, Graceful.
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.
In addition, the puppy may not live as long as intended and it may not look like the ideal classic look of the Cavalier. Always purchase from reputable breeders, though it may cost you more than you’d like.
6. Rottweiler – $1,000 to $4,000
Highlights: Devoted, Affectionate, Confident.
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 $1,500 for a healthy puppy with papers.
Rotties are known to be susceptible to numerous health problems, some more serious than others. Medical conditions, such as 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.
5. English Bulldog – $1,500 to $4,000 USD
Highlights: Friendly, Brave, Calm.
English bulldogs have become increasingly popular dogs throughout the years, and the price has shown it. You may be wondering, why exactly makes these 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.
4. Pharaoh Hound – $1,500 to $5,000 USD
Highlights: Social, Intelligent, Obedient.
The Egyptian Pharaoh Hound is considered one of the oldest dog breeds in existence, dating back to 4000 BC. These special dogs can be seen throughout several 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 your upwards of $5,000.
However, you can find a well-bred Pharaoh for an average price of $1,800 to $2,000. If you want to own a dog with this much history in ancient Egypt, you’ll definitely need to pull out your wallet for this one.
3. Tibetan Mastiff – $500 to $5,000
Highlights: Tenacious, Brave, Protective.
A Tibetan Mastiff is known for its massive stature and considered one of the most prized guard dogs in China. The most expensive dog ever sold was a Tibetan mastiff, although purchases in the millions for this dog is rare.
More likely, you’ll find this dog for $500 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). Still, there’s a huge demand for the Tibetan mastiff so its likely you’ll need to pay a premium price for one.
2. Samoyed Dog – $1,000 to $8,000 USD
Highlights: Lively, Playful, Friendly.
The Samoyed is a dog breed that you probably never heard of because they’re relatively rare. With that price tag, it’s no wonder you don’t really see them around. The $1,000 price is near the absolute minimum you’ll pay for one of these, with a cost average of $1,600.
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).
Generally, only reputable Samoyed breeders are recommended because they come with guarantees and certifications for purity of the breed. However, this translates to higher prices. If the puppy comes from an award-winning show dog, expect to pay more as well.
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1. Löwchens – $10,000+ USD
Highlights: Playful, Happy, Family-oriented.
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 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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