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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.
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,
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.