World’s 13 Most Crazy Expensive Dog Breeds
As a firm believer of the “adopt, don’t shop” rule, I sometimes wonder why people would spend thousands of dollars on a pet. Nevertheless, I will admit that expensive breeds are stunning. I know I found myself fawning over pictures of majestic Tibetan Mastiffs or delightful Samoyed Snowballs more than once. If you want to do the same today, I put together a list of the most expensive dog breeds I could find, complete with price information, additional details, and adorable pictures. Let’s begin.
13 Expensive Dog Breeds
Price: $800 – $4,500
There are two types of Akita dogs on the puppy market nowadays. The first, and perhaps most popular worldwide, is the Akita Inu, Inu being the Japanese word for dog. It is known for its statuesque and muscular build, and white and tan coat.
The Akita Inu became popular due to the story of Hachikō, a remarkably loyal pooch that waited for its owner at the train station for nine years after his death. In Japanese culture, the dog is venerated as a symbol of good health and happiness, and the protector of families.
The second type of Akita is the American variety, which is widely similar to its overseas counterpart in both physique and personality. Its burly floof appearance is matched by its profoundly loyal, courageous, and dignified conduct. However, it should be noted that the Akita is standoffish to both kids and strangers, which makes it more suited for a no-child household.
12. Chow Chow
Price: $900 – $1,500
Chow Chows aren’t just expensive, but they look and act the part as well. Possibly the world’s oldest dog breeds, its lineage has been tied to other spitz-types, such as the Pomeranian or Norwegian Elkhound. Favored by Chinese emperors, many dynasties came and went, but the Chow Chow stood strong.
The breed is described as being serious-minded, dignified, and aloof, which makes for quite the regal behavior. It is important to note from the beginning that the Chow Chow is not a friendly or affectionate dog, but when you finally win its respect, you win it for life.
The Chow Chow thrives in a single-owner household. It doesn’t mind being left alone. In fact, it values its independence. Nevertheless, bonding moments are very precious. After all, all pups want our care and attention, and this miniature bear is no exception. Just be careful not to smother it with love. Being overbearing is a no-go with this particular breed.
11. Shiba Inu
Price: $1,400 – $3,500
Similarly to the Akita, the Shiba Inu is an ancient Japanese dog breed. However, it differs in size, being a lot smaller, yet remarkably muscular. It is the most common companion dog in Japan, and it rapidly won over our hearts here in the West as well through the well-known doge meme. Such floof, much wow.
But the Shiba Inu traveled to America way before the doge meme was born. The breed was imported to America 60 years ago, and its popularity grew steadily over the course of these decades. And why shouldn’t it? Its marking and agile stride give it fox-like quality. In a nutshell, the Shiba Inu is one of the most adorable, but also expensive dogs out there.
The Shiba Inu’s personality is wonderfully tempered and adaptable, which is why it is a great dog for novice owners. It thrives in apartments and backyards alike, and it likes both affection and being alone. All in all, this is one balanced canine that anyone will love to have around after getting over its hefty price tag.
10. Irish Wolfhound
Price: $1,800 – $2,000
The Irish Wolfhound is believed to be an ancient crossbreed between Britain’s indigenous dogs and Middle Eastern coursing hounds. It is known that they already existed when the Roman Empire conquered the Isles.
In fact, a Roman consul even received seven Irish Wolfhounds as a gift, and all of Rome was astonished by their gentle nature and fierce hunting skills. However, they didn’t gain their name until the 15th century, when they started being used to control the alarmingly increased wolf population of Ireland.
In spite of their impressive hounding abilities, Irish Wolfhounds are some of the friendliest and most affectionate dogs out there. They are great around kids and play well with other dogs, which makes them one of the best expensive dog breeds to own if you have a large family.
9. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Price: $1,800 – $3,500
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a show dog par excellence. It has been specifically bred to combine the athleticism of sporting King Charles Spaniels with the cuddly nature of toy dogs. Perhaps the most characteristic physical trait it has are its big, round eyes that give off the kindest, most heart-melting expression.
The coat of Cavaliers is distinguishable by four main color combos, namely Black and Tan, Ruby, Blenheim, and Tricolor. Black and Tan Cavaliers have tan markings on their face, chest, legs, and tail underside, with the rest of the fur remaining black. Ruby Cavaliers are the only ones with a solid colored fur in the form of a rich reddish-brown.
Blenheim Cavaliers are perhaps the most recognizable in pop culture, as Charlotte York of acclaimed sitcom Sex and the City famously adopted one in the show. They have chestnut markings on a pearly white background. Tricolor Cavaliers have a predominantly white coat, with white and tan spots in various places.
8. Pharaoh Hound
Price: $1,800 – $6,500
The Pharaoh Hound is one of the most interesting and expensive hound dog breeds in the world. It is the direct descendant of the ancient Egyptian hounds the Phoenicians brought to the Mediterranean more than 2,500 years ago. This is what recommends it as one of the oldest domesticated dogs in our planet’s known history.
This is how it made its way to Malta, where it was used to hunt down rabbits. Then, it became the country’s national dog in 1979. Its appearance emanates power and grace due to the dog’s supple silhouette and remarkable agility. The American Kennel Club describes it as a smart, noble, and friendly dog, which is an apt portrayal.
Price: $2,000 – $3,000
The story of the Azawakh began in the south Sahara with the blue-clad Tuareg nomads. In their native tongue, they are called “idii n’ illeli”, which translates to “sighthound of the free people”. For hundreds of years, this independent, yet deeply loyal and loving dog has guarded the encampments of this traveling people, sharing a roof with them and being considered family.
For this reason, the Azawakh is primarily a hot weather dog that has low cold tolerance. Due to its passion for running and chasing moving objects, it is the ideal companion for an avid jogger, or someone with an overall active lifestyle. What is more, it is an excellent guard dog due to its longstanding history protecting property.
6. Portuguese Water Dog
Price: $2,500 – $2,800
The Portuguese Water Dog earned its name by herding fish into nets and delivering messages between ships and the shore along the coast of Portugal. This was possible due to its coat being waterproof, as well as non-allergenic and non-shedding. Nowadays, its duties have been taken over by technology, but the Portie is still a beloved floof in many parts of the world.
The Portuguese Water Dog is an incredibly athletic animal with a burly appearance complemented by rich black fur that sometimes has white markings on it. In spite of its stature, it isn’t a fierce canine by any means. In fact, it is incredibly affectionate towards children and loves to socialize with other dogs too. Strangers should practice caution however.
While it is one of the costlier dogs on this list, the Portuguese Water Dog more than makes up for it through its easy-going and eager to please nature. It is incredibly easy to train a Portie, so once you lay down some ground rules, you’ll have one well-behaved pooch.
5. English Bulldog
Price: $2,500 – $3,200
Did you know that English Bulldogs were once bred to participate in bullfights in 13th century England? Fortunately, those days of unimaginable animal cruelty are far behind us. Nowadays, this goofy and lovable pet is as mild-mannered and affectionate as they come.
The Bulldog’s appearance is unmistakable. Its flat nose, floppy skin, and wrinkly forehead aren’t just distinctive, but also cute as a button. Regardless of their color, English Bulldogs have short and glossy fur that emphasizes their short and stout bodies.
Unlike pugs, English Bulldogs can grow to weight as much as 50 pounds. For this reason, they require regular exercise and a carefully chosen diet in order to thrive and stay fit. Other than that, this likable doggo is a dream to care for, as it is easy to train and groom. Shedding might become a problem if you skip out on its weekly sessions though, so be mindful of that.
4. Tibetan Mastiff
Price: $2,500 – $7,500
You might know of the Tibetan Mastiff as being the world’s most expensive dog. Back in 2014, a rare golden-haired pup was sold for the whopping price of 1.95 million dollars. Fortunately for dog enthusiasts who fall in love with its leonine appearance and luxurious coat, standard Tibetan Mastiffs go for a lot less than that.
Still, it is a rather exclusive and high-maintenance dog, mostly due to its luscious mane. The Tibetan Mastiff’s fur is double coated, which means that it has a wooly undercoat covered with coarse guard hair. Therefore, brushing is required multiple times per week. However, you will be relieved to find out that the big guy doesn’t really shed that much if cared for properly.
Price: $2,500 – $8,000
The Rottweiler’s distant ancestor was crossbred in the Roman Empire with the help of Asian mastiff-type dogs. These robust and courageous dogs were used to herd cattle, and one day they found themselves doing this in the German town of Rottweil. You can probably see where this story is going, as that’s how these loyal doggos earned their name.
In the early 20th century, the Rottweiler fell into a new career path, namely that of police dog. Today, this confident guardian is a popular companion and guard dog. Nevertheless, Rotties aren’t particularly fond of strangers, or other dogs for that matter. Therefore, they might not exactly fit in at the dog park.
Price: $3,000 – $8,000
With a name that translates to “little lion” from German, the Löwchen is a toy breed who was popular among European noblewomen ever since the Middle Ages. It has the same lineage as the Bichon Frise and Maltese. What is more, it can be observed in numerous paintings that the little guy hasn’t changed much in terms of appearance over the course of the last five centuries.
The ideal companion dog, the Löwchen loves being around family members regardless of their age. It also enjoys socializing with other dogs and strangers, but not to the same extent. Due to the lack of extensive crossbreeding and genetic alterations, it is a healthy dog with a considerable life expectancy of 15 years on average.
Price: $4,000 – $10,000
The final entry on this list is the Samoyed, the most expensive dog according to average listed prices. It was originally bred by the Samoyede semi-nomadic people of Asia, who emigrated to Siberia one millennium ago.
Siberia is one of the coldest habitable places on planet Earth, with extreme values of -60 degrees Celsius being a common occurrence. This is why Samoyeds needed to be resilient enough to withstand the cold. Nevertheless, the fluffballs slept inside with their owners during cold Arctic nights.
Needless to say, the Samoyed doesn’t tolerate hot weather in the slightest. However, it is a loyal, friendly, and kind doggo that gets along with anyone and everyone. Therefore, the sacrifice of owning one is totally worth it.
This has been my list of the most expensive dog breeds out there. Do you own any of them, or would you want to? What is your favorite dog out of the 15 on this list? Is there any other breed you would add to the list?
Mine definitely has to be the Samoyed, in all its furry splendor. So, if you have any comments or suggestions, let me know in the comments below. I’d love to read all about it.