People like to spend money on their pooches, and it usually starts with the actual purchase of the furry friend. Not all breeds are priced alike. The most expensive dog breed is the Tibetan Mastiff, bringing a record $1.5 million dollars in one part of the world. Other expensive dog breeds include the English bulldog, miniature Bull Terrier, Akita, Lowchen, Rottweiler, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Canadian Eskimo Dog, Pharaoh Hound, and Azawakh.
While some are less-than-desirable, filling up rescue shelters and running the streets unwanted, there are some in-demand breeds that are rarely found for free. See what $1,000 per puppy (or more) will get you!
Most Expensive Dog Breeds
1. Tibetan Mastiff
While not as sought-after in the U.S. as in its native China, the Tibetan Mastiff may be the most expensive dog breed in the world. A 2011 sale of a pup made news when it commanded $1.5 million dollars. In 2011, an 11-month old pup named “Big Splash” sold for $1.5 million, according to NBC news, which reported that the animal was the most expensive dog sold at the time. Puppies can be found from time to time for far less, however. Red Tibetan Mastiff pups have been sold in the US for around $500-600 from private sellers.
2. Canadian Eskimo Dog
The unique features and hearty structure of this dog are rivaled only by the beautiful coat of fur. Canadian Eskimo pups. Also, called “qimmit” or “qimmic”, this breed is one of North America’s oldest and rarest remaining purebred indigenous domestic canines. It is not unheard of for puppies to cost $4,000 – 7,000 for the rare privilege of owning one!
3. Pharaoh Hound
This breed, also known as the Egyptian Pharaoh Hound, is a healthy, smart, and friendly dog with a low-maintenance coat. The dogs have large ears and are also very alert. It is not uncommon to see them standing at attention! While not the most popular dog breed, those that love them are willing to pay for them. They are among the most expensive dog breeds with a price tag of up to $4,000 per purebred pup.
Hard to pronounce, but not hard to love, the Azawakh pup can cost $2,000 – $2,500 or more! Deeply affectionate and loyal, they are beautiful to look at, too! They resemble other greyhound type breeds, and require a fair amount of exercise to be happy.
5. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
These pups will cost around $2,000 to bring home, but as a friendly breed who is good around kids, it may be worth it! It’s ranked as the 19th most popular dog breed by the AKC. It is friendly and loyal, too!
This new-to-the-U.S. pup wasn’t officially recognized by the AKC until 1996, but it has quickly taken off as one of the most expensive dog breeds! While they do require regular grooming of their coat to look their best, they are a healthy breed of dog. You can find pups on the market for $1,900!
This dog is a popular pick for those looking for an intimidating-looking dog that can be trained well and be friendly around family. Expect their demand to help drive up price, however. While not the priciest ever, they are still considered among the most expensive dog breeds. They fetch a high price year after year. Regardless of the current “must-have” dog of the season, you’ll pay $1500 or more for a purebred pup.
8. English Bulldog
This pup has been a crowd favorite for generations. Their stocky stature and unique personality, coupled with the high-demand for pure-bred and registered pups have allowed breeders to ask for $1,000 – $1,500 per pup! Because of their very short life span (just 8 years), you may be looking to buy several in a lifetime, If you just can’t get enough of their friendly personalities!
9. Miniature Bull Terrier
Remember the popular Budweiser mascot Spuds Mackenzie? After his popularity waned in the late 80’s, there wasn’t as much demand for the full-size version of the Bull Terrier (which was Spud’s breed.) Thankfully, people still love small – and slightly odd-looking dogs. A Mini Bull Terrier will cost $1200 or more.
Do you have an extra $800-1000 lying around for a new puppy? If so, you can be the proud owner of the Akita, a noble breed of dog. This family-friendly breed can provide 11 to 15 years of loving companionship to their owners, provided you are up to caring for their various health issues. Be prepared to also pay a good amount on grooming when they shed often in the hot spring and summer months!
Costs listed in this article are for purchase price only. Ownership of each breed can add an additional cost that can be upward of $1,000 per year or more! In addition to some of the high-maintenance breeds that require constant and specialized grooming, many breeds have health issues that require more vet care than the norm. If you want to certain that you reasonably-priced animal doesn’t become a surprise addition to the most expensive dog breed list, be sure you research what special care they may need. Problems such as hip dysplasia or digestive issues that command special diets can easily cost dog owners more than they bargained for.