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The Most Expensive Dogs in the World

How much is that doggie in the window? 

They say dogs are man’s best friend, but some of our four-legged friends cost more than a small car!

We’ve rounded up a list of the 20 most expensive dogs in the world, just in case you’re wanting to splash the cash.

Own one of these canine companions and you’re sure to be dropping a few thousand dollars… minimum!

 

The 20 Most Expensive Dogs in the World

The list of dogs and figures mentioned below have been compiled from various sources around the web, such as Breeding Business, Tail and Fur & Bright Side.

These are the 20 most expensive dogs in the world.

 

20. Saint Bernard – $1,500

Most Expensive Dogs - Saint Bernard

Kicking off our list is the St. Bernard, a breed of working dog from the western Alps in Italy and Switzerland.

They were originally bred for rescue purposes by the hospice of the Great St Bernard Pass on the Italian-Swiss border.

The 1992 movie, Beethoven, catapulted the breed’s popularity, and might have something to do with its hefty price tag!

 

19. Lakeland Terrier -$2,000

Most Expensive Dogs - Lakeland Terrier

The Lakeland Terrier takes its name from its place of origin, the Lake District in England.

Generally speaking, the dog is small to mid-sized and weighs around about 7-8Kg.

It’s mostly hypo-allergenic, which means it doesn’t shed is hair as much as other dog breeds, and is a great family companion.

One of those colourful characters will require you to part ways with a good $2,000 of your hard earned cash!

 

 18. Irish Wolfhound – $3,000

Most Expensive Dogs - Irish Wolfhound

This rather tall and peculiar looking beast.

The Irish wolfhound is a historic sighthound from Ireland.

It was bread to pursue game and be a guard dog and is particularly good at hunting and protection against wolves.

Reaching heights of around 30″-32″ and weighing around 150lbs, an Irish Wolfhound will cost you around to $3000!

 

17. Black Russian Terrier – $3,500

Most Expensive Dogs - Black Russian Terrier

One of these giants will set you back around $3,500.

However, think of it as a good investment as they make great pets and are great with children.

They were originally bred by the USSR in Red Star (Krasnaya Zvezda) Kennels during the late 1940s and the early 1950s for use as military/working dogs.

They rarely bark at all and have quite an appearance if you’re looking to fend off intruders.

 

16. Bedlington Terrier – $4,000

Most Expensive Dogs - Bedlington Terrier

Named after the town of Bedlington, Northumberland in North East England, this small terrier packs a punch when it comes to the price tag.

Originally, Bedlingtons were bred to hunt vermin, however, it has since been used in dog racing, conformation shows and numerous dog sports.

The dogs have blue, liver or sandy colouration and are extremely good with children.

If you’ve got a spare $4,000 burning a hole in your pocket, then this could be the dog for you!

 

15. English Bulldog – $4,300

Most Expensive Dogs - English Bulldog

Also known as the British Bulldog or English Bulldog, this medium-sized brute comes in as the 15th most expensive dog on our list.

It’s wrinkled face and a distinctive pushed-in button nose are it’s most recognisable features.

According to the American Kennel Club, Bulldogs were the fourth most popular pure breed in the US in 2016.

However, they’re notorious for on-going health problems so the price you pay to buy one initially might also be the price you pay in maintenance.

 

14. Portuguese Water Dog – $5,000

Most Expensive Dogs - Portuguese Water Dog

Next on the list is a breed of working dog, as classified by the American Kennel Club, known as The Portuguese Water Dog.

Originating in the Algarve, Portugal, and made famous by the US President Barak Obama’s dog called B, this fluffy creature is identified by their wavy and curly coat and non-shedding ability.

A male Portuguese water dog weighs19-27 kg and it is 50-57 cm in height, whilst a female is around 43-52 cm tall and 16-23 kg in weight.

They normally live for 10-14 years.

 

13. Saluki – $5,500

Most Expensive Dogs - Saluki

Another pricey sighthound, the Saluki was bred by nomadic tribes to run down game animals. It primarily uses sight to hunt rather than scent.

Usually living a good 12-14 years, the Saluki has very long legs, a lanky frame and an overall unconventional appearance.

Weighing around 40-60 pounds respectively and standing tall at 25-28″, you’ll certainly get a decent ROI on your $5,500!

 

12. French Bulldog – $6,000

Most Expensive Dogs - French Bulldog

The French Bulldog is the result of a cross between English Bulldogs imported from England and Parisian ratters.

Originating in the 1800s, they cute but pricey animals get their hefty high price tag from the exclusivity. They’re very difficult to breed, due to their narrow hips, and only produce 2-3 puppies per litter.

So, that’s why these little beauties are one of the most expensive dogs in the world, costing upwards of $6,000.

Ouch!

 

11. Akita – $6,500

Most Expensive Dogs - Akita

The Akita is a pretty expensive breed of dog who’s origins lie in the mountainous regions of Northern Japan.

However, there are two types of Akita, The Japanese Akita and the American Akita. They are normally easy to identify due to the variation in colours.

Japanese Akitas come in a more narrow palette of colours, whereas the American strain of Akita comes in all dog colours.

Females can weigh about 34-50 kg and males weigh in around 45-59 kg. Males reach heights of about 26-28″ and females reach heights of 24-26″.

 

10. Afghan Hound – $7,000

Most Expensive Dogs - Afghan Hound

Easily distinguishable by its ring curl tail and thick silky smooth hair, the Afghan Hound was bred for its unique features in mountains of Afghanistan.

They are 64 to 69 centimetres tall and usually weigh in around 23 to 27 kilograms. Their coat can be in any colour, like, Fawn, Gold, or Cream with a black facial mask. Any white markings are discouraged, as they draw you away from the beauty of the pure black face.

Its uniqueness and individuality are probably enough to justify its $7000 price tag.

 

9. Pharaoh Hound – $7,500

Most Expensive Dogs - Pharoah Hound

Being the National dog of Malta, the Pharaoh Hound gets a lot of attention for its very individual appearance and disposition.

Its called Kelb tal-Fenek in Maltese, which means “rabbit dog” and is traditionally used for hunting rabbit in the Maltese Islands.

Pharaoh Hounds tend to weigh up to 45-55 pounds, depending on the sex of the dog and it’s eating habits.

Males usually are 23-25″ tall, while females are 21-24″.

They are loyal and can be trained well, making them another great addition to the family if you can afford it!

 

8. Dogo Argentino – $8,000

Most Expensive Dogs - Dogo Argentino

Muscling its way into our top ten is the Dogo Argentino. Traditionally developed to be used for big game hunting, the muscular monster is one of the most expensive dogs we’ve seen so far!

It was first bred in 1928, from the Cordoba Fighting Dog along with other breeds like the Great Dane.

The dogs have a large white muscular body, with a short coat and a deep-set thick chest. They make for a good family pet despite there domineering appearance but need to have regular exercise.

 

7. Canadian Eskimo Dog – $8,750

Most Expensive Dogs - Canadian Eskimo Dog

The Canadian Eskimo Dog is one of the oldest and rarest working dogs from the Arctic and were brought from Siberia to North America by the Thule people over 1,000 years ago.

Their number began to diminish toward the end of the 1960s due to the increasing popularity of snowmobiles and the spread of infectious canine diseases.

Now threatened with extinction, with an estimate of only three hundred purebred dogs left, you can see why they command such a large price.

 

6. Rottweiler – $9,000

Most Expensive Dogs - Rottweiler

The Rottweiler is a medium-large domestic dog, bred for working purposes in Germany.

They were known as “Rottweiler Metzgerhund”, which means Rottweil butchers’ dogs and their main use was to pull carts full of butchered meat to market and herd livestock.

With an average lifespan of 8-10 years, a weight of 50-60 kg and reaching heights of 24–27″, it would be easy to judge a book by its cover and label the Rottweiler as an aggressive monster.

However, the Rottweiler is a great family pet due to its loyalty, obedience and overall good nature.

 

5. Azawakh – $9,500

Most Expensive Dogs - Azawakh

The Azawakh is yet another sighthound on our list, but this one is from West Africa instead of England

Identifiable by its slender body and striking almond eyes, the Azawaka is one of the priciest breeds on our list.

Azawakas have a lifespan of around 10-12 years, weigh roughly 15-25 kg and stand about 25–29″ tall.

It is among the rare breeds on our list that are available for ownership in the US and Canada.

 

4. Tibetan Mastiff – $10,000

Most Expensive Dogs - Tibetan Mastiff

This absolute giant dog originates from Tibet and belongs to the mastiff family.

Its original purpose was to protect sheep from predators, like wolves, leopards and bears. Its size alone is enough to intimidate even the hungriest of predators.

Males can reach heights of up to 33″. The original Tibetan mastiff usually weighed 55–90 kg.

Although they were originally used as guardians, over time the enormous dogs became too expensive to maintain for their nomadic owners and their number slowly began to diminish.

If you’ve got a spare $10,000 and want to make a bit of a statement, then this might be the pup for you!

 

3. Chow Chow – $11,000

Most Expensive Dogs - Chow Chow

Several reasons can be drawn upon to justify why the Chow Chow is one of the most expensive dogs in the world.

They’re one of the oldest dog breeds in China and incredibly rare. They have a Lion like teddy-bear appearance and a unique black tongue. Despite their dangerous reputation, they’re famous for their loyalty towards their owners.

They do require a good amount of physical exercise so make sure you’re ready for lots of walks and receipts, as they’ll keep you spending money on food, treats, vet bills and grooming.

But, if you spent $10,000 on one of the worlds most expensive dogs, who cares!!

 

2. Löwchen – $12,000

Most Expensive Dogs - Lowchen

The Löwchen is one of the smallest breeds on our list. The American Kennel Club class it as a non-sporting dog and it’s often considered to be a “toy dog” by registries.

It once had the title of the rarest dog in the world, as in 1973 there were only 65 known dogs left and now there are only 300 new dogs registered worldwide each year.

They’re often referred to as “little lions” and are extremely rare!

 

1. Samoyed – $14,000

Most Expensive Dogs - Samoyed

Beating 19 other dogs on our list of the 20 most expensive dogs in the world is the magnificent Samoyed.

It’s easily identifiable by it’s beautiful thick, white, double-layer coat. Originally its a large herding dog from Siberia and lives between 12-13 years on average.

A fully grown male can weigh 45-65 pounds and a female can weighs around 35-50 pounds.

They’re very intelligent, sociable and inquisitive animals. 

These cute fluffy dogs are becoming incredibly rare which is why we rank them as the most expensive dog breed in the world!

 

Summary

We hope you enjoyed our list of the 20 most expensive dogs in the world.

Dogs really are mans best friend, and once you get over the price, you’ll have a friend for life!

Here’s a quick recap of the 20 most expensive dogs in the world.

  1. Samoyed
  2. Löwchens
  3. Chow Chow
  4. Tibetan Mastiff
  5. Azawakh
  6. Rottweiler
  7. Canadian Eskimo Dog
  8. Dog Argentio
  9. Pharaoh Hound
  10. Afghan Hound
  11. Akita
  12. French Bulldog
  13. Saluki
  14. Portuguese Water Dog
  15. English Bulldog 
  16. Bedlington Terrier
  17. Black Russian Terrier
  18. Irish Wolf Hound
  19. Lakeland Terrier 
  20. Saint Bernhard

Which of these most expensive dogs is your favorite? Leave a comment below.

Matt McIntyre is a digital content creator and certified marketing strategist with 10 years of experience. In a former life, Matt co-founded TWC Tailoring, a London based bespoke tailoring company, catering for an array of elite clientele. When he's not talking about business or marketing, you'll find him on a beach or by the pool.

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