15+ Most Expensive Dog Breeds
How much do you think people are willing to set aside in order to buy a purebred puppy? The most expensive dog breeds out there have price tags that are unfathomable to the rest of us.
So, try to guess how much people would give for a puppy – five hundred dollars, a thousand? How about two million?
That’s exactly how much a Tibetan Mastiff puppy in China was sold for in 2014. And yeah, we get it: they’re adorable.
This isn’t the reason why Tibetan Mastiffs are so expensive and popular in China, though. But we’ll get to that a little later.
First, a disclaimer: you don’t need to own one of the most expensive dog breeds in order to have an expensive dog. For example, Yorkie puppies go for $600; their medical bills, however, can run as high as 10 thousand dollars.
But those aren’t the type of expensive dogs we’ll be dealing with now. Our goal here will be to see what makes these pups with pedigrees so precious.
We’ve listed the most expensive dog breeds in somewhat of an ascending order. However, remember that even within a breed, pup prices may differ wildly based on the pup’s pedigree.
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The Saluki is a lovely long-legged sighthound originally bred in Arabia and used for hunting by nomadic tribes.
The Saluki’s head is long and narrow, and its coat is short-haired, except for its long fluffy ears and tail. They can be white, reddish, brownish, or a mix of those colors.
These stubbornly independent hunters can grow to be 23-28 inches tall and weigh 40-60 pounds. Salukis have most of the health concerns other big breeds have, including hip dysplasia, but they can live to be 14 with proper care.
Puppies cost $2,500 – $5,000.
Peruvian Inca Orchid
The Peruvian Inca Orchids, otherwise known as Peruvian Hairless dogs date back to pre-Inca cultures. They’re pretty hairless, with brown, grey or reddish skin showing, but they may have some hair on their heads.
These dogs can vary in size: the smaller ones are up to 16 inches tall and weigh up to 18 pounds. Medium sized Inca Orchids are up to 20 inches tall and weigh 26 pounds at most, and large ones are up to 26 inches tall and weigh 55 pounds.
Due to their hairlessness, they’re fairly easy to keep clean, but they sometimes have issues with their skin drying. Another interesting fact about them is that, although they’re born with all their teeth as puppies, as adult dogs they don’t have all of their teeth – because of the same gene that causes their hairlessness.
They may suffer from seizures, strokes, and skin conditions, but they can live up to 12 years. You can find them for $400 - $3,000, depending on their pedigree.
The Azawakh is a West African sighthound named for the Azawagh Valley and often used to guard livestock. They’re large, thin dogs, with long legs that push their hips higher than their backs.
They’re short-haired and come in brownish, reddish and brindle, or striped coats. Azawakhs can grow to weigh 55 pounds and are 29 inches tall, but they surprisingly don’t have any problems with hip dysplasia.
These dogs are very social, and they develop a close relationship with their master, who will give them the exercise they need. Azawakhs go for upwards of $3,000.
The Dogo Argentino is a large short-haired white breed used for big-game hunting. They can grow to be an impressive 27 inches tall and weigh 100 pounds!
Dogos are great service dogs and guide dogs, and they even help police with search and rescue missions. Like other white dogs, though, they may experience pigment-related deafness.
Even though they’re a big breed, however, they don’t have other significant health concerns. Dogos can live up to 12 years old.
Due to potential aggressive traits inherited through the breeding process, this breed is banned in several countries. An Argentine Dogo puppy costs $2,500-$4,000.
Akitas are large Japanese mountain dogs some dog owners will recognize from having to keep their pup away from them. That’s because Akitas often take a dominant role over other dogs, and are mostly not suited for dog parks.
This Japanese dog breed is a bit smaller than the American, which can grow to a height of 28 inches, and weigh about 130 pounds. Their coats can be standard or long, and they come in red, white, brindle and tan colors.
The Akita may live up to 12 years, but they may have some health concerns, such as bloating, deafness and hip and elbow dysplasia.
The heartbreaking story of a Japanese Akita, Hachiko, is what sparked an international interest in this breed. In 1925, an 18-month-old Hachiko went to the train station to wait for his deceased master every day for 9 months.
Thanks to this loyal pup, Japan declared the breed a Japanese Natural Monument. You can even get one for yourself if you can afford the $2,500 – $4,500 price tag.
Chinese Crested Hairless
Chinese Crested dog litters are a mix of Powderpuff and Hairless dogs, so the same litter might have dogs with and without fur.
There small, hypoallergenic dogs can be of black, cream, bluish and brownish colors. They stand at about 13 inches tall and weigh about 13 pounds.
Since they are a small breed, they have different health concerns from the ones we’ve been mentioning for the other entrances of our most expensive dog breeds list. Most pressing of these are eye and teeth problems.
Chinese Crested pups can cost anywhere from $800-$1,000, but they sometimes go for $5,000.
With the Pharaoh Hound, we finally break the 5k mark on our most expensive dog breeds list. This breed was used for hunting rabbits in Malta, and actually has nothing to do with Ancient Egypt.
Pharaoh Hounds are long and lean with pointed ears, most often reddish brown. They’re 25 inches tall at most and weigh about 55 pounds.
They’re obviously a bigger breed, so they should be checked for hip and eye problems, but they’re not known for having health issues. They can live about 14 years.
Pharaoh Hounds are very trainable, and they can even be fine in an apartment. They cost about $2,500 – $6,000 and sometimes even upwards of $6,500.
Canadian Eskimo dog
The Canadian Eskimo dog was brought from Siberia to North America 1,000 years ago, along with the Greenland Dog, which is genetically identical to it. They’re muscular and stocky, with pointed triangular ears, and a curved tail.
Their dense and thick coat can withstand harsh winters, and it comes in white, gray and black, or combinations of the three. The males are, as always, a bit larger than females, and they’re typically 29 inches tall and weigh 88 pounds.
Canadian Eskimo dogs can live up to 15 years because they’re not prone to any major illnesses.
The cost for one of these pups averages out to $1,200, but they have even been sold for $7,200. The most probable reason for that is that the Canadian Eskimo Dog is on the verge of extinction, with only 300 purebred dogs existing in 2008.
Rottweilers are medium-large dogs whose original purpose was to herd livestock and pull butchers’ carts to markets. Now, they often work as guard dogs and help police with search and rescue.
They are recognizable by their short-haired black and reddish-brown coats. They can be about 27 inches tall and weigh about 132 pounds.
Rottweilers are pretty healthy – aside from those issues that come with being a larger breed. But with enough care, these devoted pups can live to be about 10 years old.
As with most of these dogs, the cost of Rottweilers depends on a lot of factors, including the breeder and lineage of the litter. So, pups can reach anywhere from $900 up to $8,000.
The Löwchen is otherwise known as the little lion dog because of its long and flowing coat, which is cut to be the longest around the head area. When presented at dog shows, Löwchen's have their rear end entirely shaved off.
These little guys are hypoallergenic, and they’re typically up to 14 inches tall and weigh 18 pounds at most. Their most notable health concern is having itchy skin, and scratching can lead to infections.
Also, some of them have loose knee joints and eye issues, as well as partial deafness. Still, their life expectancy is about 14 years.
The Löwchen was considered the rarest dog breed in the world. In 1973 there were only 65 registered examples. Even now, the breed struggles to admit more than a few hundred new members each year.
It’s probably for this reason that pups cost $3,000 – $8,000.
Chow Chows are puffy Chinese dogs, and one of the ancient dog breeds closer related to the wolf than other dogs. They have a thick coat (a flea haven), which is most often golden red, cream, and sometimes black and grayish blue.
Grown males can be as tall as 20 inches, and weigh about 70 pounds. They can suffer from hip dysplasia and many eye conditions, and they’re at high risk for autoimmune diseases and skin cancer.
Still, they can live to be 13 years old. Some of the most expensive Chow Chows can cost $3,000 - $8,500.
The English Bulldog is a medium-sized breed famous for its wide stance and stocky build, as well as its wrinkled face and pushed-in nose.
Their short coat can come in many colors, but perhaps the most known combination is white and reddish-brown. Grown males weigh in at about 55 pounds, and are about 15 inches tall.
When they don’t die of cardiac-related issues or cancer, they may live to be 11 years old. Also, a lot of them get hip dysplasia, too, and of course, they may have respiratory and overheating issues due to their nose.
An average cost for a Bulldog is $1,500 - $9,000. We can certainly see why this pup made it onto the most expensive dog breeds list, and we have three more contenders ahead.
Samoyeds are large Siberian reindeer herding and sled pulling dogs famous for their thick white coat. They are very friendly dogs prone to smiling, which is why they make bad guards, despite their size.
Samoyed dogs stand at an impressive 22-inch height and can grow to be up to 60 pounds. That’s a factor in some of their health issues, like hip dysplasia, but they’ve also got some special health concerns like diabetes, eye issues, and skin disease.
They can still live up to 13 years. Interesting fact: some people even use their fur in knitting, as it’s efficient in providing protection in temperatures below freezing.
These friendly giants can go for as high as $4,000 - $11,000.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dogs are one of the most popular breeds to come out of the UK. They’re a medium-size breed and are fairly recognizable by their large feathered ears and tails.
Most of their coat is medium-length and silky with a slight wave to it, except for the ears and tail, where the hair is curlier and feathered. The breed comes in several color combinations: black/white/cream, black and tan, chestnut and white, and completely reddish-brown.
Most dogs of this breed stand at about 13 inches tall and weigh 18 pounds at most. Their peculiar looks cause many health issues, including heart and brain conditions, the latter likely due to the shape of their heads.
They may also suffer from hip and knee diseases and eye disorders. However, these issues might be worth taking care of as they are highly affectionate as lap dogs, and might even live up to 14 years with proper care.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel pups can go for anywhere from $960 to $14,000 depending on the breeder and their lineage. Of course, we already know which breed holds the top spot on our most expensive dog breeds list.
Tibetan Mastiffs are huge long-haired dogs originally used to protect sheep from tigers, wolves, bears and other predators. They can grow to be truly gigantic 33 inches tall, and weigh as much as 120 pounds!
Their coat is typically longer and comes in many colors, including all black, black and brown, reddish shades and grayish-black.
Tibetan Mastiffs don’t have as many health issues as other big breeds, but some big breed concerns may apply. Generally, though, their lifespan is about 10-16 years, with more inbred lines having shorter lives.
As we said, the Tibetan Mastiff is the most expensive dog ever, catching 2 million dollars, even though the breed typically goes for $2,200 – $7,000. Their expensive price tag may be due to the fact that owning the breed has become a status symbol of sorts among the wealthy in China.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention some other pups who may not fetch 2 million. However, they’re still costly enough to deserve runner-up prizes.
The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is a relatively new breed, having been created around 1955 and officially recognized in 1989. These canines are a mix of German Shepherds and Carpathian wolves created for military purposes.
As this is a wolf hybrid, many countries and some US states forbid you from owning them. They can live about 15 years, and they go for around $800 - $1,500.
Ibizan Hounds are an athletic and agile Spanish breed originally used for hunting rabbits. Puppies cost $800 - $1,600.
Irish Wolfhounds are large sighthounds who were Celtic raid companion dogs as early as 273 BC. They go for $1,500 – $2,000.
Shiba Inu is a dog you may recognize from the internet’s favorite doge meme. We thought it would be fun to see how expensive those pups are, and yeah, they’re $1,400 - $3,500.
So, we see that the most expensive dog breeds are actually not all that special in comparison to other breeds in their athletic feats or capacity for affection. Most of them have a peculiar look to them, and some of them just have a long history by man’s side, which makes them desirable companions.
Indeed, we probably didn’t really need a whole list of the most expensive dog breeds in the world to know which dogs have the most value. Why? It’s all of them!