Price Per Pooch: The 11 Most Expensive Dog Breeds

Desmond Rhodes
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Being a dog owner can be very expensive. Dog food and supplies are a necessity, while you may also have to pay pet insurance and vet bills every so often. These are common dog-related expenses, however, there are expensive dog breeds that may significantly add to the cost of dog ownership from the get-go. The dog breeds listed below are among the most costly, and it may help to know about the breed to understand why the price is associated with these dogs is so high.


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The Lowchen, affectionately known as the “little lion,” is a small yet brave dog breed. Lowchen are smart, obedient, and agile — which makes them very successful in dog competitions. It may be the fact that they do well competitions, paired with their unique coat and pleasant personality, that makes this a highly sought after and expensive breed. Lowchen puppies generally cost about $3,000, but can cost up to $10,000 in some areas of the world!


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This Japanese breed of canine is protective by nature. So much so, that they can become aggressively overprotective of their family, and especially children. However, the Akita is an intelligent, powerful, and strong-willed breed. Training an Akita can be difficult, but proper training can turn an Akita into a very loyal companion. It may be their faithfulness and inherent nature to protect that make Akitas so expensive. This dog breed can range from $1,500 to $4,500.

Tibetan Mastiff

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The Tibetan Mastiff is among the largest breed on this list. This intelligent dog was initially used as a guard dog for livestock, and this protective trait has continued to see them used as a home protector. While mastiffs may be large and intimidating, the right training can turn them into a loving family member — but be wary of thinking of them as an easily trainable breed. Tibetan Mastiffs were highly sought after in China, with some being sold for almost $2 million. However, a Tibetan mastiff will generally cost around $2,200 to $7,000.

Pharaoh Hound

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The Egyptian Pharaoh Hound lineage can be traced back to 4400 BC. Used for hunting, this highly intelligent and speedy breed were welcomed as companions. The Pharaoh Hound’s eagerness to please is what allows them to be highly trainable into a loyal and obedient dog. This rare and beautiful medium-sized dog can cost up to $5,000.


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A Samoyed is a medium-sized, agile dog that is full of energy. Samoyeds are known for their white, fluffy coats, as well as their signature “Sammy smile.” This is attributed to the Samoyed’s natural temperament of being a happy, and highly affectionate dog. The Samoyeds are great family dogs, getting along with children. In fact, a Samoyed may become lonely and get destructive when away from the family for too long. Samoyeds with prize-winning bloodlines can cost over $3,000, and up to $10,000. However, a common Samoyed can still fetch up to $1,500.


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Saluki’s are among one of the oldest breeds of dog. Honored by Egyptian royalty, they have even been found mummified and entombed. A Saluki is extremely fast, and even resembles a Greyhound — but with longer, bushier tails and ears. The Saluki’s unique appearance makes them a regular presence at dog shows. However, the Saluki is said to be more cat-like than a dog, so training them may be difficult. The price for a Saluki can range from $2,500 to $5,000.


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Rottweilers have been police dogs, servers of the military, and have been the guardians of families for years. Rottweilers are often categorized as a bully breed — however, dogs classified as bully breeds are often misunderstood, and Rottweilers are loveable family companions and can even serve as therapy dogs. The cost for a Rottweiler can range in the ballpark of around $4,000.

Peruvian Inca Orchid

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Peruvian Inca Orchids go by many names, and are peculiar because of their hairless coat — although, there are less common breeds that do sport a layer of fur. These dogs range from small to large and are said to be affectionate and loyal. A member of the ‘sighthound’ family, along with greyhounds and whippets, Peruvian Inca orchids are fast and agile. This intelligent and delicate dog can cost up to $3000 if hairless.


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A West African member of the sighthound family, the Azawakh is an elegant dog. Azawakhs are tall and lean in stature and are very agile. This protective breed can make for a great watchdog; however, they can also be aggressive towards other dogs. Azawakhs are not typically recommended for novice dog owners, but can end up being a great companion and running partner. These dogs can exceed the $3000 price range.

English Bulldog

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The English Bulldog may be the most-known breed of dog on this list. English Bulldogs have a reputation for being stubborn but is loyal and protective of their family. These dogs fall under the category of “bully breed” because of their association with aggressive behavior, but training and socializing a bulldog properly can suppress this overprotectiveness. An English Bulldog’s price will depend on whether or not it is purebred, as well as what color coat it sports. The cost of an English Bulldog can range from $2,500 to $9,000 and up.

Chow Chow

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A Chow Chow is a medium-sized dog originating from China. These dogs have an independent personality and can be a bit difficult to train. Chows can show aggressive behavior, and rank among the most dangerous canine breeds in the United States. However, with proper training and socialization, Chow Chows can be a loyal companion. This dog breed is admired for their beauty, and unique characteristics, such as a blue/black tongue and lion’s mane tuft around the head. Chow Chows can range from $3000 to over $8000.

Just as with cats, certain dog breeds can be incredibly expensive. Ultimately, it comes down to knowing the traits of these different dog breeds, how to train them, and if you have time for them, that will factor into deciding which one is best for you.

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