12 Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World

Expensive Dog Breeds: Dogs are one of the most loved animals on the planet. People love to adopt them and raise them as their own. And how can they not? After all, dogs are the most reliable animal-friend a human can have. But sometimes canine companionship can cost a limb and a leg. Shocking, no? But it’s the truth. While all dogs are lovable, some are a little more expensive than others. Typically, purebred dogs cost five times more than mixed dogs. However, there are some rare breeds of mixed dogs that cost way more than most purebreds.

If you want to learn about those pricey pooches, there here is a list of the 12 most expensive dog breeds in the world.

French bulldog

The French bulldog is the hybrid of the English bulldog and Parisian ratter. It is extremely rare and difficult to breed, thanks to their narrow hips. French bulldogs only produce 2-3 pups per litter, which is a lot less than the number of puppies an average dog produces.

It is believed that they first originated in the 1800s, and their exclusivity is the reason behind their massive price tags. The starting price of a French bulldog is generally $6000, but it can get much higher than that.


The Akita dogs, one of the most expensive dog breeds, come from the mountainous regions of the north of Japan. They are fluffy dogs with thick coats. Even though Akitas are originally Japanese, but they also have an American strain. It is easy to distinguish between the two types of Akita due to the colour variation.

American Akitas come in all kinds of colours; however, their Japanese counterparts only come in a few shades.

A female Akita dog can weigh anything between 34 and 50 kgs whereas a male usually weighs anything between 45 and 59 kgs. Similarly, the height of a female Akita goes up to 24-26 inches while the height of a male goes up to 26-28 inches.

The starting price of a medium-sized Akita is $6500.

Afghan hound

The luscious Afghan hound originates from the mountains of Afghanistan and is one of the most expensive dogs worldwide. It is known for its plush coat that flows in the air as the dog trots forward.

Afghan hounds are pretty high-maintenance and require daily grooming; otherwise, the hair on their coat gets tangled. These gorgeous dogs have an average life of 10-14 years and are typically 64-69 kilometres tall. They are not too muscular, which is why their average weight is about 23-27 kilograms.

An Afghan hound has a fawn, gold or cream-coloured coat and a black facial mask. The stark contrast between its face and body is what makes an Afghan hound so unique.

The starting price of the Afghani canines is $7000, but it usually goes up because of their expensive medical issues. The four-legged companions are predisposed to hyperthyroidism and cataracts, which rack up their price by around $3000.

Pharaoh hound

The Pharaoh Hound is the national animal of Malta and is called the ‘rabbit dog’ in Maltese because it is used to hunt rabbits in the Maltese Islands.

Pharaoh hounds are super intelligent, large athletic dogs that are sensitive to stress. They can develop severe digestive and neurotic problems if exposed to prolonged periods of stress. The average weight of a pharaoh hound ranges from 45-55 pounds.

These pricey canines cost up to $7500, but their undying loyalty justifies the cost.

Dogo Argentino

The Dogo Argentino is a muscular dog that is known for its agility and dedication. It was first bred in 1928 for hunting. It is white and looks intimidating; however, it can be a beautiful addition to any home.

Argentinos have a short coat and a thick chest. And they cost around $8000.

Canadian Eskimo dog

The Canadian Eskimo dog is the oldest and rarest dog breed that goes back more than 1000 years. It was brought to North America from Siberia by the people of Thule.

Canadian Eskimos began to die towards the end of the 1960s due to the rapid transmission of canine infections. It is estimated that only a meagre 300 species of the breed is left. Close to getting extinct, these dogs cost about $8750 or more.


The Rottweiler is a famous working dog bred in Germany and is one the most expensive dog breeds. It is known as Rottweiler Metzgerhund, which means Rottweil butcher’s dog. The name signifies Rottweiler’s role as a working dog, which was to pull carts full of meat to the market and herd livestock.

Rottweilers typically live for 8 to 10 years and weigh about 50-60 kilograms. They are not very tall and only reach up to 24-27 inches, yet they are pretty aggressive. But they make a great pet due to their loyalty and obedience.

An average Rottweiler costs about $9000.


The Azawakh is a sighthound from West Africa. It has a lean body and prominent almond eyes.

Azawakhs usually live for 10 to 12 years, and their average weight and height is roughly 15-25 kilograms and 25-29 inches respectively. They are pretty rare and are mostly kept as pets in America and Canada.

The average price of an Azawakh is $9500.

Tibetan Mastiff

The Tibetan Mastiff is a large-sized fluffy dog from Tibet. It was originally bred to protect livestock from predators.

Tibetan Mastiffs are now kept as pets in homes as they became un-affordable for nomads. Their average height is 33 inches, and they typically weight anything between 55-90 kilograms.

A Tibetan Mastiff is worth $10000.

Chow Chow

Chow Chow is the oldest dog breed from China. It’s unique teddy-bear like appearance, and black tongue makes it pretty rare.

Chow-chows are high maintenance dogs that need a lot of pampering. They require lots of exercise and food so if you get a chow-chow, be ready to spend a lot of your time, energy and money.

An average chow-chow, on on the list of expensive dog breeds, comes for $11000.


The löwchen is a non-sporting dog that is often called the ‘toy dog.’ Lowchens were once called the rarest dogs in the world as they were diminishing rapidly. However, now they are not.

Lowchens are sometimes referred to as ‘little lions’ and cost about $12000.


The splendid Samoyed is the most expensive dog in the entire world. It comes from Siberia and has an average lifespan of 12-13 years.

Samoyeds are known for their luscious white coat. They are highly intelligent and friendly dogs that weigh anything from 35 to 65 pounds.

The Siberian Samoyed costs $14000.

Would you pay thousands of dollars for a dog?

by Maria A Davidson  || You can’t buy love, but you can rescue it™

Facts About Animal Homelessness:

  1. Only 1 out of every 10 dogs born will find a permanent home.
  2. The main reasons animals are in shelters: owners give them up, or animal control finds them on the street.
  3. Each year, approximately 2.7 million dogs and cats are killed every year because shelters are too full and there aren’t enough adoptive homes. Act as a publicist for your local shelter so pets can find homes. Sign up for Shelter Pet PR.
  4. Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats.
  5. According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), less than 2% of cats and only 15 to 20% of dogs are returned to their owners.
  6. 25% of dogs that enter local shelters are purebred.
  7. About twice as many animals enter shelters as strays compared to the number that are relinquished by their owners.
  8. It’s impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the United States. Estimates for cats alone range up to 70 million.
  9. Only 10% of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered. Overpopulation, due to owners letting their pets accidentally or intentionally reproduce, sees millions of these “excess” animals killed annually.
  10. Many strays are lost pets that were not kept properly indoors or provided with identification.
  11. According to The Humane Society, there are about 3,500 brick-and-mortar animal shelters in the US and 10,000 rescue groups and animal sanctuaries in North America.

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