The Most Expensive Dog Breeds In The World: Is Yours On The List?


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The Most Expensive Dogs In The World

Often referred to as a 'man's best friend', dogs are loyal pets the world over.

Whether you just love dogs and are interested in the most expensive breeds, or you’re considering buying a dog, we’ve got it covered with our list of the 30 most expensive dogs in the world.

It’s not just the price of the dog itself that adds to the cost, but some dogs require more grooming and maintenance than others.

What’s more, some breeds are prone to illnesses and disease, which can lead to expensive bills at the vet.

So without further ado, let’s take a look at the most expensive dogs in the world.


1Kerry Blue Terrier

Kerry Blue Terriers cost around $2,000.

Known for their distinctive black/blue or blue/silver coat this terrier was bred in England to hunt rats, foxes, hares, badgers to protect livestock.


The most important thing to remember, though, with these dogs is that they can have significant health problems and so medical bills might be expensive.

With good care, a Kerry Blue Terrier can live around 15 years.


2Great Dane

This gigantic dog varies in price and can cost anywhere in the region of $600 to $2,000.

Great Danes are loyal and very protective of family. They are pretty easily bred, but they can have health problems, including cardiomyopathy. In terms of life expectancy,


They live between seven and ten years. Due to their health problems, medical bills can be high over their lifetime.

In addition to their health problems they have an enormous appetite and can cost anywhere between $70-$100 per month to keep them well fed.


3Bernese Mountain Dog

These enormous dogs cost between $750 and $1,500.

Originally from Switzerland these dogs were first bred thousands of years ago by the Romans for pulling carts and herding cattle.

They are loyal and affectionate and can weigh up to 120lbs!


Like many pedigree dogs, Bernese Mountain Dogs do have health problems, including hip and elbow dysplasia. This means medical bills can be costly.


4German Shepherd

German Shepherds are well known as an intelligent sheep herder. They’re one of the most recognised breeds given that their services are used throughout police departments all across America.

These cost between $500 and $1,500 and can live up to thirteen years old.


They are the second most popular breed of dog according to registrations, however, German Shepherds are notoriously interbred, which causes problems like perinatal fistulas and hip dyspepsia.

And these can bring in expensive medical bills.


5Chow Chow

With its fluffy coat and large body, Chow Chows have an extremely cute and cuddly appearance.

They originate from China and whilst they might not be the most intelligent dog they were bred for hunting and working.

An extremely loyal dog they are actually a banned dog breed in America due to their aggressive nature.


Chow Chows live between 11 and 13 years and cost around $1,800.

Also being so cute and fluffy comes at a cost and they require a lot of maintenance, so there will be grooming bills as well as medical bills to consider.


6Golden Retriever

This popular family dog will cost anywhere up to $3,000.

Golden retrievers are one of the most friendliest dog in the world. Originally from Scotland they were bred as a gun dog to retrieve game birds after they were hunted.

They are the fifth most popular dog breed in the world, are very affectionate and are easy to train.


However, to keep looking their best and to have their coats shining, they do need occasional trips to the groomers.

They are also known to have many health issues, which result in expensive medical bills.


7Lakeland Terrier

This high-maintenance dog costs around $2,000 depending on their bloodline.

Originally from England's Lake District this breed of Terrier is one of the smallest members of the Terrier family and has a lifespan of around 16 years.


They are great hunters and were bred for hunting foxes.

They are an intelligent bread and very trainable.

Lakeland Terriers are also very high maintenance and need regular trips to a groomer – as often as once a week unless you’re prepared to put in the effort yourself.



Originally from Siberia, Samoyeds are pretty rare and so they can cost up to $8,500.

Bred as a herding dog they can live up to 13 years and are distinguished by their white, thick coat.


Known to be quite stubborn these fluffy dogs need a lot of attention and can become aggressive if left alone for a long time.

Unfortunately, like many pedigrees, these dogs are predisposed to particular health issues, including autoimmune diseases and corneal dystrophy which can drive up medical expenses into the thousands.



These big dogs cost in the region of $2,500 to $4,000.

Originally from Germany these powerful mutts were bred as worker dogs pulling carts.

Known for their alertness and courage they were amongst the first police dogs.


The are often depicted as vicious dogs but once socialized they are very family friendly and orientated.

Compared to some dogs in this list, the Rottweiler has a shorter life expectancy, which can be as low as eight years.

Rottweilers will need grooming too – and training is a must!


10Alaskan Malamute

Costing in the region of $6,500, this American bred wolf-like dog is known for its strength and endurance.

Known for their seal and white/black coats these fluffy dogs are devoted and loyal companions.


They live between 10 and 12 years and have an elevated risk of getting diabetes.

If this happens, medication would be required daily, which is soon adds up.


11Old English Sheepdog

The Old English Sheepdog is a well-loved dog by adults and children alike.

Unfortunately, you’ll probably pay at least $2,000 for one of these dogs.


What’s more, with the amount of hair they have, they need a huge amount of grooming!

They are very sociable and playful and have a life span of around 12 years.


12Miniature Bull Terrier

Otherwise named as the Target Dog, the Miniature Bull Terrier is popular with everyone.

This breed can live as long as fourteen years old and will set you back at least $3,000, if not $6,000.


However, these dogs are energetic and wild – and are a lot of fun!


13English Bulldog

The English Bulldog is renowned for its muscular and stocky build with a flat nose and wrinkly face.

Known for being really friendly the bulldog was originally bred to bait bulls during bullfights many years ago.

Unfortunately, buying one isn't cheap and will cost up to $3,000.


They live between 8-10 years and have a lovable personality.

However The English Bulldog can also rack up hefty medical bills, particularly due to common respiratory problems.


14King Charles Cavalier Spaniel

A King Charles Cavalier Spaniel will typically cost between $1,800 and $3,500.

This particular breed lives between ten and fourteen years of age.

Originally from the UK it was a popular breed during medieval times.


They have high amounts of energy and love playtime.

However, they do require frequent grooming and often need medical attention.


15Italian Spinone

These pups aren’t as expensive as some on this list and will cost between $750 and $1,000.

Obviously bred in Italy its originally purpose was a gun dog, similar to Golden Retrievers.


These dogs can get sick from common illnesses and will need training and grooming.

Despite this they have a life expectancy of up to 14 years.


16Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Costing up to $3,000 to buy, this medium-sized breed can live up to 14 years.

This medium sized dog was bred in Staffordshire, England and can reach up to 37 pounds in weight.


This particular breed has been around for two centuries.

They’re playful and energetic dogs and make great family pets.



Nicknamed the Moscow Water Dog this loveable large breed is a gentle giant that requires regular maintenance and grooming.

Bred in Canada they have fairly docile dogs and make friends with other animals.

The soft temperament means they can be very trainable.


Newfoundlands can suffer from general medical problems like cardiomyopathy so expect the medical bills to mount up for this loveable pet.

They’re not the easiest of dogs to breed and can cost up to $2,000.


18Saint Bernard

Another gentle, large dog is the Saint Bernard.

They are great around the family and was a popular choice for families in the US after the star of the movie Beethoven was a Saint Bernard.


Their name comes from a hospice called St. Bernard Pass in Switzerland who bred the dogs as guard dogs.

They will cost anywhere between $4,000 and $6,000.


19Bedlington Terrier

Nicknamed 'Rothbury's Lamb' after their similarity in looks to lambs, these cute pups are pretty expensive and cost between $3,800 and $6,800.

They were bred as hunters of vermin but became a racing dog over time due to their athletic nature. They are also powerful swimmers.


Originally from north eastern England they do have a good life expectancy and can live up to 16 years.

The are an intelligent breed of dog.


20Black Russian Terrier

Black Russian Terriers can cost up to $2,500.

Bred by the Russians during World War II as a military dog these dogs can endure very cold temperatures owing to their thick black coat.


These potentially huge dogs require a set grooming routine and can quickly get out of hand if not maintained.

Many health problems are associated with this breed, including eye conditions and orthopaedic problems and as such they tend to have life expectancies of around 10-11 years.


21Irish Wolfhound

One of the tallest breeds of dog these Irish Wolfhounds can cost anywhere up to $2,500.

These loveable giants that were originally bred as hunters in Ireland are incredibly friendly and sweet.


But, unfortunately, Irish Wolfhounds often only live six years and a maximum of ten, so they do cost a lot for their lifetime.


22French Bulldog

With an average price of $2,300, French bulldogs are expensive but they are extremely popular.

Bred in the 19th century they are a cross between Toy Bulldogs from England and local Parisian ratters.


The bulldogs are quick and very cuddly and can get up to weights of 28 pounds.

They are a favourite with celebrities with singer Lady Gaga owning one but they do often suffer from severe health problems, which makes for costly medical bills.


23Afghan Hound

Afghan Hounds can cost up to $3000 and have an average price of $1,000.

Because of their long, thick and wonderful coat, you’ll need to pay for regular, professional grooming, which can be expensive.


They were bred in Afghanistan for survival in the cold mountains of the country and are therefore more independant by nature.

What’s more, Afghan Hounds can have problems with cataracts and hypothyroidism, but they can live until the age of 14.


24Portuguese Water Dog

Portuguese Water Dogs are a premium breed that can cost anything from $3,000 right up to $10,000.

The Obamas are known to have two Portuguese Water Dogs named Bo and Sunny who were with the former President of the United States during his two terms in the White House between 2008 and 2016.


Bred in the Algarve region of Portugal they can live up to fifteen years.

An intelligent breed they are great around families and have a very cuddly personality.

Don't let them get away with everything though as they are known for their cheeky behaviour and will push you to your limits if you let them!


25Tibetan Mastiff

Top breed line Tibetan Mastiffs have origins from thousands of years ago as they have been bred to protect livestock from predators like wolves, bears, tigers and leopards.

They were bred in the harsh climates of the Himalayas hence their abundance of fur.


These beauties can cost up to $7,000 and can reach weights of over 160 pounds.

However, their fluffy coat means they’ll need grooming. Medical bills can also be high due to common problems found in Tibetan Mastiffs, like elbow and hip dysplasia.

They may have been bred to protect but they have a gentle personality and will be a perfect companion.


26Basset Hound

It might come as a surprise to find the Basset Hound on this list, especially due to their smaller size.

They can, however, cost up to $2,000 depending on their breed line.

Their incredible sense of smell is second only to the Bloodhound as this small breed from France can track almost anything.


They are incredibly affection and loyal.

However, even though there are more expensive dogs, Basset Hounds often have lots of health problems associated with their dwarfism.

They can have problems with their extremities as well as their spine.


27Lowchen (Little Lion Dog)

Lowchens are expensive!

Depending on their breeding, they can cost $4,000 up to $7,000 or more.

These dogs originate from Germany and have been around for over 500 years.


These are small, intelligent and docile and can also be really playful.

They have a life expectancy between 12-14 years.

Grooming a Little Lion Dog isn’t expensive, which makes up for their initial cost!


28Pharaoh Hound

Nicknamed 'The Blushing Dog' you might pay as little as $2,500 for a farm-bred Pharaoh Hound but expect to pay in excess of $10,000 for a top bloodline.

As you might expect from their name, these are the preferred dog of the Egyptians.

They have a thin body and triangular-shaped head, which makes them recognisable.


This breed that originates from Malta and was bred for hunting rabbits. Its breed been around for thousands of years and has an average life expectancy of around 11-14 years.

Whilst they do get along with other dogs they have a fiesty reputation especially when they are smaller.



Akitas have an average price of around $4,500.

They originate from the Japanese mountains and have soft, silk-like fur.

They can get up to 130 pounds in weight.


Originally bred as a guard dog for the Japanese Royal Family these dogs are loyal to their owners and make really great companions.

They are ever protecting of their family members and will not back down from a fight.


30Canadian Husky

Last but not least in our Most Expensive Dogs in the World list is the Canadian Husky.

Canadian Huskies typically cost $1,300 and they’re one of the rarest dog breeds.

Bred as working dog they are well suited to harsh weather due to their thick fur.


Though they might appear aggressive, they aren’t at all.

They make fantastic companions and require a lot of exercise as they have a high amount of energy.


Final Thoughts

So, there you have it, 30 of the world’s most expensive dog breeds.

There is a huge range of dogs that have made it on our list – and, as we’ve seen, expensive dogs come in all shapes and sizes.

If you’re thinking of buying a dog, the price will be a factor.

However, you should also research ongoing maintenance costs, vet bills as well as temperaments and personality characteristics of each breed you’re considering.

Remember, it might be worth paying more if you can ensure that your dog is bred on a good bloodline with few medical problems.


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