The Most Expensive Dog Breeds on the Planet
Dogs are man’s best friend, but some of these best friends don’t come cheap. Most pedigree breeds will set you back a few hundred dollars at least; but it doesn’t stop there. Even though specific costs will depend upon the actual breeder and where you are buying the dog from, there are still averages across the industry. Here are the 10 highest value breeds:
The Irish Wolfhound
The Irish Wolfhound is well known for its physical attributes and the fact that it is the tallest breed of dog. With such a unique dog, it isn’t too surprising that we get a significant price-tag, with the Wolfhound typically selling for between $1,500 and $2,000.
The Saluki is a thin breed of dog, and yet has excellent endurance and strength for its wily frame. As a hunter, it is a great breed, and is often used as a show dog as well, being able to be displayed either heavily coated or smooth, and in a range of colors. It’s value – $2,500.
The Akita originally came from Japan but migrated all over the world, being used as a therapy and show dog primarily. With lovely thick coats and tails, they are a beautiful sight, and are worth between $1,500 and $4,500.
The Pharoah Hound
The name certainly suggests a regal dog, and that’s what you get; a dog that is fast, powerful, and graceful. With these attributes, and the fact that they are loyal, obedient, and eager to please, they make excellent hunting hounds. Rather adorably, when the Pharoah Hound get excited or happy, it’s ears and nose turn a deep rose, just as humans do when they blush. If you wish to get your hands on this dog, be prepared to spend between $2,500, and $6,500.
The Tibetan Mastiff
The Tibetan Mastiff is certainly a noble looking animal, and has a pretty significant price tag of between $2,200 and $7,000 as a result. It is a large and powerful dog, with a huge coat and somewhat mournful expression. The downside – they can be hard to train and often lack obedience.
Rottweilers certainly have a reputation as being dangerous and aggressive, and in certain conditions this can be true. When trained well, however, they are a delight, and are often used as police dogs and therapy dogs. They are hugely devoted to their owners and highly obedient, making them easy to train. If you want one, you’ll have to shell out between $2,000 and 8,000.
Its name means ‘little lion’ in Germany, and is pretty appropriate given its look; with a long mane and the agility of a cat. Add to this the fact that people often trim the dog, leaving tufts of hair on the ankles, and the tip of the tail, and you can see where it gets its name. They also demand roar-worthy prices at $5,000 to $8,000.
The Chow Chow
It may have a comical name, but the Chow Chow is a powerful arctic dog, and one that was previously used as a worker dog. Nowadays, however, they can mostly be seen in shows – again, not too surprising since its got a massive coat and uniquely colored tongue. They can reach between $3,500 and $8,500 depending on where you get them, and from who.
The English Bulldog
Like the Rottweiler, the Bulldog has a bit of a reputation. This, however, isn’t fair, and they are generally very gentle, obedient, and loveable. As one of the USA’s most popular dogs, they can fetch a high price, usually between $2,500 and $9,000.
The most expensive dog breed in the world is the Samoyed, and you only have to look at it to see why. It is a truly stunning animal, with a beautiful white coat (or light brown, depending on the breed), and a famous smile. As well as being beautiful, it is also talented, and excels in sledding, herding, and shows, among others. Such a wonderful dog is deserving of a high value, and the Samoyed commonly sells for between $4,000 and $11,000.