More Bang for Your Bark: The World’s Most Expensive Dog Breeds
Since dogs were first domesticated, they have been and will always be man's best friend. From old-school working dogs to modern ball-fetching fidos, dogs set the gold standard for love, loyalty and companionship.
Unfortunately, they come at a hefty price, depending on the breed. Although adoption is always a welcome alternative to shopping for a new fur-ever friend, these 30 luxury could also be the perfect fit for you — if you can afford them!
Afghan Hound — $1000
Afghan hounds come, unsurprisingly, from Afghanistan. Their beautiful, silky coats aren't just for winning them best in show; they also served as protection against the cold in the mountains from which this breed came. Afghans are sighthounds, which makes them challenging to train off-leash.
Canadian Eskimo Dog — $1000
The Canadian Eskimo dog originates from the Inuit and is well-suited to an arctic climate. Their heavy coats and playful nature account for their happiness even in deep snow. Sadly, there are only three hundred purebred Canadian Eskimo Dogs left, which explains their roughly $1000 price tag.
German Shepherd — $1000
The German shepherd is well-known as an iconic police dog. They are the second most popular dog breed in the United States and are also widely used in the military. Besides their charming looks, German shepherds are highly intelligent and easily trainable.
Czechoslovakian Wolfdog — $1500
Ever wanted to domesticate a wolf of your own? Then the Czechoslovakian wolfdog is for you! Its lineage traces back to 1955 when Czechoslovakia experimented with breeding a dog for border patrol, but they’ve since found new roles in society.
St. Bernard — $1800
The St. Bernard is no toy dog — unless, of course, you enjoy having 200 pounds in your lap! St. Bernards are massive dogs bred to rescue trapped snow travelers on the Italian-Swiss Border. Named after the monk Bernard of Menthon, the breed is known for being heroic yet gentle, especially under stress.
Double Doodle — $1900
You've heard of the goldendoodle and the labradoodle; now get ready to meet their lovechild, the double doodle! Though not technically a purebred because of its crossbreeding, this pup is smart, energetic, friendly and so fluffy!
Australian Shepherd — $2000
Another handsome member of the shepherd family is the Australian shepherd. Despite the name, these dogs were actually bred in California to herd and protect livestock and have little to no connection to Australia.
Bernese Mountain Dog — $2000
The bernese mountain dog is built for hard work. While there are four kinds of Swiss mountain dogs in total, the Bernese are the only ones with a shaggy coat, making them thrive in cold weather.
Caucasian Ovtcharka — $2000
The Caucasian shepherd dog is a protector, through and through. It was bred as a working dog in the Soviet Union and trusted to protect against trespassers and guard livestock. Rivaling the St. Bernard in size and weight, the Caucasian is no toy breed.
Golden Retriever — $2000
Truly America's sweetheart, the golden retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds in the country. Its name comes from its ability to retrieve shot-down waterfowl without damaging the kill. Though it has a hunting background, the retriever is very gentle and eager-to-please.
Lakeland Terrier — $2000
Called "a big dog in a small package" by the AKC, Lakeland terriers make up for their small size with their headstrong personality. Although they're one of the smallest terriers, they’re also great hunters and highly intelligent and trainable.
Newfoundland — $2000
Another gentle giant, the Newfoundland is a true sweetheart. Its long coat and heavy bone structure give it an intimidating appearance, but it also has a gentle temperament, making it trusting and trainable. The AKC says the Newfoundland responds best to gentle guidance.
Rottweiler - $2000
These lean machines may look like tough guys on the outside, but they come equipped with gentle hearts. Rottweilers were bred to drive cattle and pull butcher carts, and they were among the first police dogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel — $2650
Originally from the U.K., the cavalier King Charles spaniel is known for its fluffy ears, adorable face and classy persona. The dog first rose to popularity during medieval times, and the spaniel earned its spot as a lapdog among the most famous royals.
Chow Chow — $2900
One look at this pup, and you'll fall in love. Originally from China, the chow chow has a mushed-up face and wrinkly coat that makes even the coldest hearts melt. These dogs are famously clean, and well-socialized chows are never fierce or aggressive towards others.
Doberman Pinscher — $3000
One of the ultimate guard dogs, Dobermans have a tough reputation. Created in Germany by Karl Dobermann, this breed is a talented protector. At the same time, their sleek stature gives them a sense of grace and grandeur.
French Bulldog — $3000
Not to be confused with the English bulldog, the French bulldog is smaller and more adaptable. Their cute "bat ears" and small size make them cute and very manageable. The affectionate Frenchie is also a dog of few words, meaning it doesn't bark much.
Great Dane — $3000
Great Danes truly live up to their name. When standing on their hind legs, they tower over the average human. Nonetheless, the cartoon Dane Scooby-Doo solidified the breed’s legacy as a sweet friend and a loyal, faithful partner. While their name suggests a Scandinavian origin, they were actually first bred in Germany.
Bedlington Terrier — $4000
The AKC describes the Bedlington terrier as "a terrier in sheep's clothing," and you can definitely see why! The Bedlington was originally used to hunt vermin, and the breed is closely related to the Whippet. This lamb-lookalike can cost up to $4000.
English Bulldog — $4000
The wrinkly English bulldog is one of the most recognizable dogs in the world. The dour breed was first bred in the 1600s for the unfortunate sport of bull baiting. While today’s bulldogs are far less physically fit than their ancestors, they’re also much calmer and friendlier.
Lowchen — $5000
The lowchen, or "little lion" in German, is an adorable breed that is part of the toy class. With its fluffy coat and spunky attitude, the breed is more concerned with its looks than chasing down game, as it is certainly not a hunting dog.
Akita — $5000
The Akita is a clever breed that originates in the prefecture of the same name inJapan, though there is now an American variation best distinguished by a difference in color. In Japan, the Akita is a symbol of good health, happiness and long life.
Portuguese Water Dog — $5000
Portuguese water dogs were bred to herd fish into nets, retrieve lost tackle and serve as messengers between shore and ship, as their thick coat was perfect for cold water and weather. Two such dogs, Bo and Sunny, were taken in by President Barack Obama’s family during his administration.
Saluki — $5000
The saluki is one of the oldest — and priciest — dog breeds in the world. This Egyptian beauty is known for its unique hunting capabilities, as it hunts primarily by eyesight rather than scent. Though they may look slightly unconventional, salukis make dignified and loyal pets.
Dogo Argentino — $6000
The dogo Argentino ("Argentinian Mastiff" in Spanish) was bred in Argentina by Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez in 1928 after crossbreeding several existing breeds with the intent of creating a powerful hunting dog that could also be a faithful pet and vigilant guard dog.
Pharaoh Hound — $6500
Nicknamed "the Blushing Dog," the pharaoh hound is the national dog of Malta and makes all the ladies swoon with its ability to smile and "blush" when happy or excited. The hound's ancestors hunted alongside Egyptian pharaohs.
Tibetan Mastiff — $7000
Tibetan mastiffs are so ancient that their exact origins are unknown. Because of their long history in the Himalayan Mountains, they have long, warm coats. This bear-like dog was believed by Tibetans to hold the souls of monks and nuns who were not deemed worthy of reincarnation.
Samoyed — $8000
Originating from Siberia, the Samoyed is a big, fluffy wonder. They were bred for hard work in the coldest corners of the world. Their notable smiles aren't just for good looks either — they prevent icicles from forming.