The 8 Most Expensive Dog Breeds

Whether they are exotic, or possess purity of lineage, intelligence or beauty, the world's most expensive dog breeds are a real financial investment.
The 8 Most Expensive Dog Breeds
Francisco María García

Written and verified by the lawyer Francisco María García.

Last update: 21 December, 2022

Many dog lovers and professional breeders do not hesitate before spending a large amount of money to buy a unique animal. We know that some breeds stand out, and are cute, causing many to desire them as pets.  However, there are numerous puppies and adult dogs available for adoption at animal shelters in our country. These animals are not only able to love and obey, but they will also be thankful toward us their entire lives.

Many volunteers devote their time and resources to recovering abandoned or street-born animals. So before you spend a fortune on a purebred pet, why not give a second chance to a dog who needs one? There are alternatives to buying the most expensive dog breeds.

Why is one breed more expensive than another?

There are internal and external reasons for an animal’s market price to increase or decrease.

Internal factors

These are biological and innate characteristics of the animal.

Some of the most expensive breeds of dogs reproduce with more difficulty than others. The size, fragility and adaptive capacity of each animal makes a difference, especially when a breed has undergone a radical change of habitat.

In these cases, breeding requires special care and a favorable environment in order to create optimal conditions for development. That explains why the most expensive breeds of dogs are also the most exotic.

External factors

Each generation has different needs and preferences due to the constant cultural changes of society. While some breeds become fashionable thanks to the media, others stand out for their work and learning skills.

Trends are not harmful in themselves, but they tend to indirectly encourage unconscious buying and the consequent abandonment of pets. An animal must be seen as a life to be respected and cared for, not as a house decoration.

What are the most expensive breeds?

  • Lowchen

This breed, popularly known as “Little Lion Dog”, leads the ranking of the most expensive dog breeds. They are rare worldwide, are good-natured, have a good disposition, and are small in size. The price of a Lowchen puppy is between $7,500 and $10,000.

  • Samoyed

A breed originally from Siberia that was historically used to graze reindeer and pull sleds. It is an energetic and agile dog, has a voluptuous white coat, and black lips that seem to simulate a smile.

However, this dog’s beauty comes at a cost. It equals the Lowchen as the most expensive dog on this list. A samoyed puppy can cost between $7,500 and $10,000.

  •  English Bulldog

This easy-going dog is one of the most popular dogs in the United States and has conquered hearts all over the world. Even though they are a bit clumsy and lazy, they love to play and they’re fun for kids. A pure English Bulldog puppy can get to cost $9500.

  • Chow Chow

This breed from the Arctic area was fashionable in Europe and America. They are really beautiful and exotic, but they are made for extreme cold, and can suffer in warmer climates. The average value of a purebred Chow Chow puppy can reach $8,800.
  • Tibetan Mastiff

This giant breed, originating from Tibet, recorded the most expensive selling value in history. It has a voluptuous coat and friendly expression. It has a bold, very independent nature. At present, its minimum price in the market is between $5,000 and $8,000.

  • Akita Inu

This breed, originating from Japan, is quite large and is known for its bravery. However, it is considered dangerous in countries like Argentina and Spain thanks to its excessively dominant temperament. The market value of an Akita puppy of Akita is around $4,000.

  • Rottweiler

This breed is one of the most beloved in the world. They make excellent guard dogs, have a remarkable capacity to learn, and have faithful, easy-going personalities. They are versatile, energetic and very friendly. However, they need adequate socialization training in order to control their dominant instincts.

Although they are much more well-known, and are more popular than the other expensive breeds of dogs, their price is not much different. A purebred Rottweiler puppy can cost between $2,500 and $7,500.

  • Pharaoh Hound

This is an exotic breed, and it is very little known worldwide. It is another example of the most expensive breeds of dogs. It is an excellent choice for those with a wide budget looking for a very obedient canine. The Pharaoh Hound has pointed triangular ears and a thin elongated nose, both of which turn  pink when the dog is happy. A Pharaoh Hound puppy costs between $2,500 and $7,000.

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