Most expensive dog breeds

The Most Expensive Dog Breeds

Aside from being a lovable family pet, many dogs are also a pride to owners in terms of their breed. More specifically, the cost of the breed. The cost of specific breeds of dogs are continuously changing, often in conjunction with their popularity or rarity. Keep reading to learn about the current most expensive dog breeds.*


Irish Wolfhound ($1,500 to $2,000)

Once fearless big-game hunters capable of dispatching a wolf in single combat, Wolfhounds today are the most serene and agreeable of companions. Courageous and kind, this large breed is known to be especially good with kids – although they should still be supervised. 


Akita ($800 to $1,500)

Native to Japan, Akita’s are known as family protectors and symbols of good health, happiness, and long life. Popular for their courage and loyalty, they thrive on human companionship, but less on that of other animals. 


Pharaoh Hound ($1,500 to $2,500)

The ancient “Blushing Dog” of Malta, the Pharaoh Hound is rugged, smart, and noble. Although friendly and affectionate in the home, this high-speed breed are known for their speed and graceful movement – as former rabbit hunters. 


Tibetan Mastiff ($1,700 & up)

A behemoth of a breed, the Tibetan Mastiff is a powerful and muscular yet sweet-tempered breed. These densely-coated giants are mellow and calm around the house, sweetly devoted to family, and aloof and territorial with strangers. A Tibetan Mastiff with a red coat is especially expensive, with one being sold for over $1.5 million.


Rottweiler ($900 to $2,500)

With a distinctive glistening, short black coat with rust markings, Rottweilers are beautiful and robust dogs. This working breed is both protector and playmate, known for being calm, confident, and courageous. 


Chow Chow ($900 to $1,500)

The Chow Chow, an all-purpose dog of ancient China, is a breed known for being well-mannered, serene and, adaptable. They are especially loyal to loved ones and are popular for being so aloof to strangers, making them great for social households.


English Bulldog ($1,500 to $4,000)

Thick-set and low-slung with a pushed-in nose, English Bulldogs are an unmistakable breed. Despite originating in England for the sport of bullbaiting, these brutes turned companions are friendly, easygoing, and sometimes even lazy.


Samoyed (upwards of $1,500)

A large but graceful dog, Samoyeds are known for their fluffy white coats which protected them from Arctic temperatures. Smart, social, and often mischievous, these dogs are in constant need of love and attention – or may resort to destructive behavior. 


Newfoundland ($800 to $1,500)

Newfoundlands are massive and powerful dogs, which previously worked on ships alongside Canadians to perform dramatic water rescues. Despite their large stature, the breed is incredibly sweet and patient, perfect for a family pet. 


Bernese Mountain Dog ($800-$2,000)

Although big, powerful, and built for hard work, Bernese Mountain Dogs are majestic and incredibly affectionate. These gentle giants will get along with the entire family. While generally placid, they also enjoy a long walk or short hike.


French Bulldog ($1,500-$3,000)

One of the most popular small dog breeds, Frenchies have a large personality despite their size. With an even disposition, they are quick to adapt to a variety of environments. Bright and affectionate, they often act as watchdogs. 


Rare Dog Breeds

The rarity of a dog also contributes to how expensive a breed of dog is. Some dogs remain relatively foreign to the U.S. In addition, some breeds are dwindling in numbers, with under 1,000 being estimated in the world. These are a few of the most expensive rare dog breeds.**


Norwegian Lundehund (around $2,000)

Bred on Vaeroy, a remote and rocky island off the Norwegian coast, the Norwegian Lundehund was a resourceful hunter and retriever of the puffin. Today they are known for being energetic and loyal. It is estimated that only 350 exist within the U.S., and 1,400 worldwide.


Lagotto Romagnolo ($1,00 to $2,500)

Known for wooly curls that cover the body head to tail, crowned by a lavish beard, eyebrows, and whiskers, Lagotto Romagnolos are hard workers despite their teddy bear-like looks. In addition to being considered the world’s finest truffle dog, they are also affectionate. Originating in Italy, only around 500 can be found in the U.S. 


Löwchens (about $2,000)

“Little lions”, Löwchens are affectionate and outgoing companions. Popular among Continental Europeans and noblemen, these non-shedding dogs have always made great family pets. Not as rare as some breeds, they are still considered uncommon, although increasing in popularity.


Azawakh ($2000 – $2500)

The Azawakh is a West African sighthound who originates from the countries of Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger. Tall and elegant, these hunting dogs come in a variety of colors and color combinations. They are very rare to see outside of their homeland.


Otterhound ($1,500 to $4,500)

A large dog bred in medieval England for otter hunting, the Otterhounds are known for their dense shaggy coat, webbed feet, an acute sense of smell, and affinity for swimming. Although boisterous and affectionate, it is estimated that there are only 600 otterhounds worldwide.


Mudi (about $1500)

The Mudi is an extremely versatile, intelligent, alert, agile, all-purpose Hungarian farm dog. In addition to being a loyal protector of both people and property, they are also exceptional work and agility dogs. It is estimated there are no more than a few thousand Mudi worldwide.


*Prices are an average and may vary based on location.

**These prices do not include the cost of shipping and transportation.


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