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UPDATED: Mar 27, 2021

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We love our dogs and the joy they give us on a daily basis. They are an instrumental part of our family, make us laugh and love us unconditionally.

But, let’s be honest. Owning a dog can get expensive from the food we feed them, the pet insurance we purchase, the training and all the other activities to keep them busy!

And if you are looking for a particular breed, the cost of a dog can really escalate.   In fact, certain breeds can cost upwards of $100,000!

If you have some extra cash on hand or are just interested in browsing the most expensive dog breeds, we prepared a list for you.

Of course, the price will vary depending on the breeder you purchase your dog from to the availability of the breed.  Get your pocketbooks ready!

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Top 10 Most Expensive Dog Breeds

#1 Tibetan Mastiff

Tibetan Mastiff
Cost can range from $2,000 to $1.5 Million!

The Tibetan Mastiff is one of the larger dogs around and typically weighs more than 100 pounds.  If you are looking for a lap dog, the Tibetan Mastiff is the wrong choice.

From Tibet, this ancient mountain dog was originally used as a guard dog.

Mastiffs are known to be intelligent and independent.

They are very protective and are a great distraction for burglars, but friends might have difficulty getting to know this dog.

Their tail is thick and fluffy as are the upper parts of their hind legs.

The Tibetan Mastiff is a status symbol in China and the breed is somewhat scarce making the price tag even higher.

#2 Löwchen

Cost can range from $10,000 to $20,000!

Löwchens are not as well-known as some of the other breeds on this list because they are very rare. Which is why they can get a higher price.

They are called little lions and are small dogs with long hair.

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Known to be a breed of the renaissance era, they are usually found as the subj many of the top Renaissance paintings.

There are very few left so if you find someone with a Löwchen, they are one of the few that own them.

And make sure their dog feels extra special!

#3 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Cost can range from $3,000 to $14,000!

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, originally found in England, was named after King Charles II.

Known as a super-friendly lap dog, the Cavalier King Spaniel has been around since the 17th century!

Really adaptable and easy to train, these little beauties love being with and around the family.

They love attention so be ready for some good company.

They do require a good brushing on a regular basis but other than that, they rarely even need a full body trim!

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#4   Samoyed

Cost can range from $4,500 to $11,000!

The wandering Samoyedic tribe originally cultivated the Samoyed.

Originating in Serbia, Samoyed are historically reindeer herders and were bred not only to assist with the herding, but also to be sled-pullers.

While not that big, the Samoyed is robust, powerful and extremely ambitious. Herding traits, while not apparent for city dwellers, these dogs have an incredibly loving predisposition.

Samoyed are the happiest when they are occupied.

They need their daily exercise or they can become a little stubborn and get into trouble.

But, not to worry, they are very friendly and loving.

Their coats require consistent brushing to avoid matting.

#5 Akita

Cost can range from $4,000 to $8,000!

The Akita is the best known of the dogs on this list. Split into two strains, the Japanese Akita, and the American Akita, both can bring high prices for pups.

The Japanese Akita, however, is more expensive.

In Japan, the Akita is known to be a guard or hunting dog.

Akitas are very independent and loyal to their family members.  They can be a bit aloof to new people, particularly strangers.

In order to keep them from becoming too territorial or aggressive, they need to be trained to keep everyone safe.  (And you can factor in that expense to the price tag!)

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#6 Chow Chow

Chow Chow
Cost can range from $3,000 – $7,500!

The Chow Chows are originally from China and with their very thick coats and mane, they look like small lions!  And, of course, their black tongues make them immediately identifiable.

Chow Chows are super-affectionate and a good family dog. While they might lick family members and run to their attention, they are reserved with strangers.

Early socialization, puppy classes and even some behavioral training are recommended for these beauties.

And don’t forget to groom these dogs in order to maintain their beautiful fur.  You can certainly factor grooming into the price of the adorable Chow Chow!

#7 English Bulldogs

English Bulldogs
Cost can range from $2,500 to $8,000!

English bulldogs, known for the muscular little bodies, have a stout medium-sized build.

Their front legs are usually wide apart which results in their characteristic shuffle while walking.

Gentle, protective and a laid back dog, English Bulldogs are particularly attached to their owners.

They do have a lot of energy but can over-heat easily so make sure to keep an eye on them, particularly in the summer.

#8 Pharaoh Hound

Pharaoh Hound
Cost can range from $2,500 to $6,000!

Despite its name, the Pharaoh Hound isn’t from Egypt. The national dog of Malta, the Pharaoh Hound, has a lot going for this beautiful breed.

From its very royal appearance to its athletic skill and unusual intelligence, the Pharaoh Hound also has an adorable habit of blushing, particularly around the ears and nose — when they’re happy or excited.

With their slim athletic build, the Pharaoh Hound was known as a very capable hunter.

They are a friendly and playful breed and eager to please.

Make sure to exercise these beauties daily and keep them within a fenced yard so they don’t chase after the neighborhood dogs!

#9 Rottweiler

Cost can range from $2,000 to $3,000!

Rottweilers first were bred as pulling dogs.

Until the 1800s, the breed was used mostly to pull wagons to market. The breed was also utilized for herding and as a stock protection dog.

Rottweilers are at their happiest when they have a task to perform which is why they are typically found among police dogs, therapy dogs and even service dogs.

Protective and territorial, Rottweilers must be properly introduced to new people.

Strong, sturdy and very smart, Rottweilers often reach over 130 pounds.

They are brave dogs that defend their masters and territory. Rottweilers should be socialized from an early age to dodge explosive behaviors.

And make sure they get their daily exercise.

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#10 Saluki

Cost can range from $1,500 to $4,000!

Salukis, also known as the Royal Dog of Egypt, are the oldest most domesticated breed that still exists in their pure form.

Known to be hunters, they are great runners especially long distances and are apt to chase down critters that are far away.

Therefore, daily exercise is a must and these beauties will definitely need some obedience training.

Due to their inherent need to chase down anything, they need to be watched or kept in a yard that is fenced.

They will certainly add a lot of fun and excitement to the family.

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In Conclusion

So, there you have it!

If you have the funds and are looking for a really expensive breed than indulge in one of our top 10 choices.

You will certainly get stopped on the street when walking your dog!

Just remember that this is only the first cost of your new furry family member and there will be many more to add to the expense.

In fact, by enrolling in pet insurance, which might seem like an added expense, it will really save you money in the long run.

Especially for breeds like these top 10 that are pre-disposed to certain hereditary and chronic conditions.

But, whichever dog you bring home, there is no doubt that your family will be that much livelier!


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