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20 Most Expensive Dog Breeds in 2021 (with Pictures)
Any dog that is well taken care of is expensive. These expenses come in the form of food, toys, beds, vet bills, and so on. However, some dog breeds are incredibly pricey to acquire due to their rarity, purity, or abilities. So, which are they?
The following is a list of the top 20 most expensive dog breeds in the world:
Top 20 Most Expensive Dog Breeds
1. Tibetan Mastiff
Native to China and Nepal, the Tibetan Mastiff is an ancient breed that was developed to guard flocks and households against wolves and leopards. Tibetan Mastiffs are also among the largest dog breeds in the world, with males weighing up to 160 pounds.
But what is most striking about them is the fur around their necks and shoulders, giving the impression of a mane.
Thanks to the Tibetan Mastiff’s regal look and ferocious reputation, it is considered a status symbol in China. As a result, prices for a purebred Tibetan Mastiff pup range from $2,000 to millions. Yes, millions! In 2014, a Chinese businessman parted with $1.95 million for a Tibetan Mastiff puppy, making it the most expensive dog in the world.
2. Czechoslovakian Wolfdog
The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is Czechoslovakia’s national dog. However, it is incredibly rare, explaining why it is so expensive.
The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog came about in 1955 when working line German Shepherds were crossed with Carpathian wolves. The aim was to create a breed with the intelligence of the German Shepherd and the pack mentality and stamina of wolves.
The price of a Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is around $50,000. Moreover, you might have to go to Czechoslovakia to acquire this breed, as it is not easy to find elsewhere.
The beautiful Samoyed is an ancient breed from Siberia. It is named after the Samoyedic people who bred it to assist them in pulling sleds and guarding reindeer. This fluffy white dog is not only expensive to maintain, but also to acquire. A purebred Samoyed pup costs around $14,000.
The Lowchen, also known as the “little lion dog,” has been one of the most popular toy dogs in Europe for over 500 years.
However, the Lowchen was on the verge of extinction during the early 1970s, when there were only 65 left in the world. As a result, it became the world’s rarest dog breed.
While conservation efforts allowed this doggo to make a comeback, it remains incredibly rare. Therefore, it does not come as a surprise that a Lowchen pup can cost as much as $12,000 to acquire. Fortunately, this breed gives you one of the best bangs for your buck, as it rarely gets sick and has an average lifespan of 15 years.
5. Chow Chow
Native to China, the Chow Chow is one of the oldest and rarest dogs in the world. A Chow Chow pup costs around $11,000. However, the purchase price is just the tip of the iceberg, as this dog is just as expensive to maintain.
The Chow Chow is susceptible to a host of health issues, such as hip and elbow dysplasia, improper thyroid function, and eye entropion, meaning the vet bills might add up.
It also does not help that the Chow Chow is a notoriously stubborn breed, meaning they are hard to train. Moreover, these dogs have been known to turn on their owners. Nonetheless, under the leadership of an experienced handler, Chow Chows make excellent pets and guard dogs.
The Azawakh is a sighthound, meaning it uses sight instead of scent to hunt. Like other sighthounds, this doggo is tremendously fast. It features a slim profile with a colossal chest and a tiny waist. This West African hound can cost up to $9,500 due to how rare it is.
The Azawakh has a lifespan of around 10-12 years.
You might probably be wondering how the Rottweiler is on this list, considering how common they are—however, pedigree matters. Most Rottweilers you see around are mutts. A purebred Rottweiler from an authentic German breeder can cost up to $9,000.
8. Canadian Eskimo
The Canadian Eskimo is among the oldest and rarest dog breeds in the world. The Thule people introduced this working dog to North America around 1,000 years ago from Siberia. Unfortunately, diseases and a reduced need for sleds contributed heavily to the drastic decrease of the Canadian Eskimo’s numbers.
Today, estimates show there are only around 300 purebred Canadian Eskimo Dogs left. As such, it does not come as a surprise that a purebred Canadian Eskimo pup can set you back around $8,750.
9. Dogo Argentino
The Dogo Argentino, also known as the Argentinian Mastiff, is a large, white, ferocious dog bred to hunt big games such as wild boar and mountain lions. Unfortunately, they are considered one of the world’s most dangerous breeds due to their fiery reputations and are banned in several countries. Consequently, their rarity makes them costly, with a pup costing as much as $8,000.
10. Pharaoh Hound
Despite its name, the Pharaoh Hound is not an Egyptian breed; it is only because it bears a striking resemblance to the paintings of dogs found in tombs in Ancient Egypt.
The Pharaoh Hound is a Maltese breed. In fact, it is the national dog of Malta. This breed is called Kelb tal-Fenek in Malta, meaning “rabbit dog” due to its proficiency in hunting rabbits. This gorgeous hound can set you back around $7,500.
11. Afghan Hound
With thick silky smooth hair covering every inch of its body apart from the face, and a ring curl tail, the Afghan hound is an absolute beauty. This medium-sized sighthound combines panoramic vision and explosive speed to spot and chase down prey. The thick, silky coat was selectively bred to allow the dog to withstand the cold, harsh conditions of Afghanistan’s mountains.
Like other sighthounds, Afghan hounds are somewhat aloof but extremely devoted to their handlers. This animal can cost as much as $7,000.
The gorgeous Akita is the embodiment of “speaking quietly but carrying a big stick.” This large and powerful dog is noble in character but can be explosive and violent when need be. Akitas also tend to be extremely strong-willed. As a result, this dog needs you to be a firm and consistent leader, otherwise, it will walk all over you.
A purebred Akita pup can cost as much as $6,500.
13. French Bulldog
The French Bulldog is another pup that commands a hefty price tag due to its exclusivity. French Bulldogs are also notoriously difficult to breed due to their narrow hips, producing a maximum of only three puppies per litter. One of these dogs can set you back around $6,000.
The Saluki is yet another expensive sighthound. According to some sources, the Saluki’s ancestry goes as far back as 7,000 B.C. in ancient Egypt, where it is considered a “gift from Allah.” As such, this hound is both one of the oldest and priciest breeds in the world. A pup costs around $5,500. Fortunately, Salukis have a decent lifespan, living up to 14 years. They are also quite hardy.
15. Portuguese Water Dog
The Portuguese Water Dog is among the most popular dog breeds today due to its hypoallergenic coat. Combine that with the fact that it is popular with the elite, such as former President Barack Obama, and it does not come as a surprise this is one expensive dog. Fortunately, they have long lifespans, giving you a good ROI on your $5,000.
16. English Bulldog
The English Bulldog, also known as the British Bulldog, is a medium-sized dog that is extremely popular worldwide, as it does not require much exercise, making it the ideal apartment dog. Unfortunately, this breed is prone to several health issues. To be on the safe side, obtain your pup from a reputable breeder. A genuine English Bulldog pup can set you back around $4,300.
17. Bedlington Terrier
This fluffy munchkin is named after its hometown of Bedlington, Northumberland, where it was bred to hunt rats and other vermin. However, it is now bred for companionship and show purposes. Bedlington terriers make excellent family dogs, thanks to their sweet nature. If you have $4,000 to spare, consider getting one of these canines.
18. Irish Wolfhound
The Irish Wolfhound is one of the tallest dogs in the world, standing up to 35 inches at the shoulder and can weigh up to 180 pounds. Irish Wolfhounds were bred centuries ago to be all-around fighters, dragging men off horses and chariots during wars, in addition to hunting and fighting large game such as bears and wolves.
Today, this prehistoric-looking beast makes a beautiful companion. Considering its heritage, we think the $3,000 price tag for an Irish Wolfhound pup is a bargain.
19. Lakeland Terriers
Originating from England’s Lake District, the Lakeland Terrier is becoming increasingly popular due to its hypoallergenic coat. This goofy munchkin makes a fun addition to any family. A pup costs around $2,000.
20. Saint Bernard
How about this lazy giant? Despite the Saint Bernard’s languid tendencies, it was bred to be a working dog to rescue lost travelers along the snowy and dangerous Great St. Bernard Pass between Italy and Switzerland.
Today, this giant canine is content watching over the kids and being a great couch companion. A pup costs around $1,500.
There is no denying that a dog is man’s best friend. These animals are selfless and will go to any lengths to make their owners happy. But would you be willing to part with thousands of dollars to acquire a furry best friend? Let us know.
Featured Image Credit: Šárka Jonášová, Pixabay
Oliver (Ollie) Jones – A zoologist and freelance writer living in South Australia with his partner Alex, their dog Pepper, and their cat Steve (who declined to be pictured). Ollie, originally from the USA, holds his master’s degree in wildlife biology and moved to Australia to pursue his career and passion but has found a new love for working online and writing about animals of all types.
- Top 20 Most Expensive Dog Breeds
- 1. Tibetan Mastiff
- 2. Czechoslovakian Wolfdog
- 3. Samoyed
- 4. Lowchen
- 5. Chow Chow
- 6. Azawakh
- 7. Rottweiler
- 8. Canadian Eskimo
- 9. Dogo Argentino
- 10. Pharaoh Hound
- 11. Afghan Hound
- 12. Akita
- 13. French Bulldog
- 14. Saluki
- 15. Portuguese Water Dog
- 16. English Bulldog
- 17. Bedlington Terrier
- 18. Irish Wolfhound
- 19. Lakeland Terriers
- 20. Saint Bernard