31 Most Expensive Dog Breeds (You Won’t Believe #17)

Super expensive dog breeds can cost up to $1,000,000. Some examples include the Samoyed, the Tibetan Mastiff, and the Chow Chow.

There are a few reasons why someone might choose to spend such a large amount of money on a dog. For example, some people may see it as an investment. They may believe that the dog will be worth more money in the future, or that they will be able to breed the dog and sell its offspring for a high price.

Others simply see their dogs as family members and are willing to spend whatever it takes to keep them healthy and happy.

31. Tibetan Mastiff

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Price: $5,900 to $2,000,000

The Tibetan Mastiff are large dogs, weighing in at an average of 100 pounds or more, and they need plenty of exercise – which isn’t always easy to provide if you live in an apartment or other small space.

These breeds are quite ferocious and are often kept as guard dogs.

Despite their problematic temperament, they have fans all over the world. In fact, a Chinese businessman made headlines in 2011 when he bought a Tibetan Mastiff puppy for almost $2 million.

30. Little Lion Dog

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Price: $5,000 to $10,000

Little Lion Dogs, also known as the Löwchen, of their rarity and cuteness. However, many people do not know that these dogs are actually a hybrid of two different dog breeds. The Pekingese and the Lhasa Apso were mixed together to create this unique little canine.

When groomed a certain way, this breed can actually resemble a lion with its facial features and thick mane.

They are highly intelligent. This makes them popular in all sorts of niches from dog competition groups to individuals seeking trainable house pets.

29. German Shepherd

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Price: $500 to $1,500

German Shepherds are pretty much all over the place as far as the prices go. If you go for an older German Shepherd or one with a mixed background, you may be able to keep it under the $1,000 mark.

However, puppies tend to be more expensive and could go for as much as $1,500. The rationale is that the breed is super intelligent, and at this age, they can be trained for just about anything.

28. Kerry Blue Terrier

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Price: $1,000 to $2,000

The Kerry Blue Terrier is another pooch that is expensive mainly due to how rare it is. These dogs are mainly found in Ireland where they are popular working dogs in the country.

They are known for their strong build, thick coat as well as their social, gentle, and obedient nature.

In fact, these traits have landed the dog numerous awards including the “Best Terrier in 2000” by Crufts.

27. St. Bernard

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Price: $1,500

The cost of a St. Bernard varies greatly depending on where you get it and at what age. Most breeders average $1,500 for both puppies and fully grown St. Bernards. This is largely due to their demand due to traits like their gentle and friendly nature.

However, it is not entirely uncommon to find breeders selling these dogs for as high as $10,000 for what are considered rare and prized bloodlines.

26. Staffordshire Bull Terrier

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Price: $1,500

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is quite the controversial breed. For the most part, these dogs can be quite friendly and affectionate.

Despite all this wholesomeness, these dogs are considered some of the most dangerous on the planet. They are very short-tempered, mistrusting of strangers, and quite powerful despite their short stature.

Their heavy restrictions create unique demand among sympathetic dog owners who believe the pooches are misunderstood.

25. Newfoundland

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Price: $800 to $2,000

Newfoundland dogs are known for their gentle giant persona. They get along pretty well with everyone from children to non-threatening strangers. This is why they are so popular as family pets, especially in North America.

Their large dog build and their sweet temperament are undoubtedly the main reason why they are so expensive. They are also difficult to find in most places especially locations outside Canada which increases their value.

24. Bernese Mountain Dog

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Price: $800 to $2,000

Bernese Mountain Dogs are good pets for outdoorsy people. The energetic, fluffy beasts love nothing more than to run around outdoors and play with their human best friends. They also make for perfect nap buddies.

Unfortunately, these breeds are plagued with health problems including cancer and musculoskeletal issues. This inevitably increases the cost of raising a Bernese Mountain Dog.

However, given how sweet these dogs are it is safe to say that it is worth the investment to give them a loving home.

23. Saluki

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Price: $2,500 to $5,000

To say that the Saluki is a beautiful dog would be a gross understatement. There is just something so incredibly mesmerizing about their slight form, long and furry ears, and elegant expression.

Their aesthetic has made them some of the most sought-after dogs for parents who just want to show off a lovely pooch.

The average with breeders is about $2,500 but they can go for as much as $5,000, especially with rarer colors like pure white and gold.

22. King Charles Spaniel

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Price: $1,000 to $2,500

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is one of the most popular dogs in the world. In the United States alone, it was ranked in the 16th position of the American Kennel Club’s best dogs of 2019.

It is just as popular in the UK where it originated being ranked 14th in 2019 according to a STATISTA survey on registrations.

This is mainly because of how fantastic the breed is as a lap dog. Their size, cute little faces, and affectionate personalities make them the perfect companions for any dog lover.

21. Samoyed

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Price: $1,500 to $2,500

The Samoyed is a real beauty with its spitz aesthetic and snow-white fur. They are especially popular among dog owners who like the wolf-like appearance and their demand is steadily rising around the world.

These breeds are also quite energetic and outdoorsy and are perfect if you want a lively partner for all your outdoor adventures.

Despite the white coat, these dogs are very easy to keep clean as the fur is very hard to stain.

Purer and prized bloodlines tend to be more expensive and can cost as much as $14,000 but such price tags are rare.

20. Black Russian Terrier

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Price: $1,500 to $2,500

The Black Russian Terrier is quite a unique dog with its thick, black coat and large measurements averaging 90 to 130 lbs in weight and 27 to 30 inches in height.

They are native to Russia where they were developed for military work. When the wars ended, their demand slowly dwindled. This is why they are so rare not only in their native home country but the world in general.

19. Miniature Bull Terrier

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Price: $1,500 to $2,500

The Miniature Bull Terrier has a face that can best be described as an acquired taste. However, those who do acquire it are diehard fans willing to pay a lot to get one of these freakishly cute pooches into their family.

In addition to the aesthetic shock factor, Mini Bull Terriers bring a sweet, even-tempered, and protective personality to the table which definitely makes them worth the hefty price tag.

18. Irish Wolfhound

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Price: $1,500 to $2,000

If you are a dog history buff, then it will not be too hard to understand why these dogs are valued so highly. Their colorful history includes all sorts of awesomeness including mentions in ancient Roman historical accounts and appearances in European poems.

To own this dog is definitely a status symbol which would explain why it is so expensive.

These pups have come a long way from their days as working dogs and athletic breeds to more homely pooches who really enjoy hanging out indoors.

17. Azawakh

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Price: $2,000 to $2,500

Azawakh dog breed is not only the fastest dog in the world but also one of the most elegant. The average speed of an Azawakh is about 35 miles per hour.

Azawakhs are slender, leggy dogs with regal bearing. They have long, pointy ears and a long tail that they often carry high. The breed is built for speed, with lean muscles and little body fat. Azawakhs come in a variety of colors, including red, fawn, brindle, black and grizzled (a mix of gray and black).

These dogs are not for everyone. They require experienced owners who can provide them with plenty of exercise and training. Without these things, Azawakhs can become bored and restless, which can lead to destructive behavior.

16. Golden Retriever

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Price: $500 to $3,000

Despite being one of the most popular dog breeds on the planet, completely purebred Golden Retrievers are not as common as people think. This is why some breeders charge as high as $3,000 for pure Goldie puppies.

Their friendly and intelligent personalities also make them major hits among dog owners whether it is solo individuals or families. These adaptable dogs will get along with just about anyone and fit in anywhere.

15. Great Dane

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Price: $600 to $3,000

The Great Dane is another breed on our list of pricey pooches that has a reputation for being a gentle giant. These dogs are some of the largest and are not very easy to come by especially in their purebred form.

The combination of their shocking aesthetic and low supply despite the demand is easily single-handedly responsible for how pricey they can get. You also have to factor in their care needs as with their ravenous appetites it will cost you a pretty penny to keep them healthy and satisfied.

14. Bedlington Terrier

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Price: $1,500 to $3,700

If you put a Bedlington Terrier in the middle of a flock of sheep, they will blend right in with the little lambs that they resemble so much.

This incredibly adorable aesthetic has gained massive popularity in the unique aesthetic niche of dog breeds and it is not so hard to understand why. These dogs are actually really cute.

The best part is that their personalities are just as endearing. They are also very intelligent and sporty and therefore perfect for outdoorsy dog parents.

13. Bulldog

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Price: $1,400 to $5,000

A lot of dogs that are considered dangerous rightly deserve the title with their history of violence and aggressive outbursts.

Unfortunately, the docile and incredibly friendly bulldog is often roped into this mess given its slight resemblance to breeds like the notorious Pitbull and Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Contrary to popular belief, these cute and pudgy little dogs are as harmless as it gets in the dog world.

They are also quite popular among A-list celebrities including Kylie Jenner who got hers for a whopping $50,000.

12. Standard Poodle

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Price: $700 to $5,000

The standard poodle is often associated with affluence and elegance. This is the case, especially with specially groomed pooches that have been known to wear some of the most outrageously edgy coat styles.

They are also very intelligent and can easily be trained to do various fun tricks. This makes them major hits among dog show and competition enthusiasts.

With all this going for it, it is no wonder that the poodle is such an expensive dog.

11. American Bully

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Price: $2,500 to $5,000

This is one of the most recently developed dogs on the list. It is a mix between the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the American Pitbull. As a result, the American Bully is regarded by many as one of the most potentially dangerous dog breeds.

This, however, has not tempered their popularity among lovers of controversial dogs. If anything, the reputation has only increased niche demand and increased the prices with it.

A great example of just how devoted this fanbase is to the breed is the sale of a bully named Venom for $500,000.

10. American Akita

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Price: $1,000 to $6,000

This is probably one of the biggest price ranges you will find on our list. This is because lower-priced American Akita dogs are rarely purebred. They may be mixed with other related breeds or spitz-type dogs to obtain the aesthetic for a cheaper price.

Real purebred American Akita pooches are quite pricey as they are not very easy to come by. The calm and meticulous self-groomers are fortunately very cheap to take care of.

9. Portuguese Water Dog

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Price: $2,000 to $6,000

Living with a Portuguese Water Dog is like living with another human being. These spirited little dogs have a strong personality and are not afraid to get social. They are also quite docile and tend to get along really well with strangers when adequately socialized.

One of the main reasons why they are in such high demand is the fact that they are hypoallergenic.

Their popularity with celebrities and public figures like the Obamas also doesn’t hurt their demand.

8. French Bulldog

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Price: $3,000 to $6,000

It is absolutely possible to get a Frenchie for cheap at prices of $1500 and below. However, these are usually sold through owners or shelters and are very hard to come by. If you decide to go through reputable breeders, the price tag goes up significantly.

It is safe to say that these pooches are worth those extra bucks. They are incredibly easy-going and playful and make for lapdogs. They are also quite smart and therefore easy to train.

7. Afghan Hound

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Price: $2,500 to $7,000

It is a common belief among fans of this breed that they are super rare outside of their homeland in Afghanistan. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Over the last few decades, these dogs have become popular in America and Europe where they are kept mainly as companion pets.

This, however, does not stop breeders from charging exorbitantly, with tags as high as $7,000 for untrained puppies.

6. Pharaoh Hound

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Price: $5,000 to $7,500

This may come as a bit of a surprise but the Pharaoh Hound is native to the Maltese Islands and not actually Egypt. It is actually considered the national dog of Malta which is a great honor for any dog to have for their native country.

They are mainly popular due to their aesthetics. With their proportional, athletic build and beautiful coat, the high price suddenly makes sense. They are also intelligent dogs that are adaptable to any kind of use and environment.

5. Dogo Argentino

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Price: $8,000

The Dogo Argentino is considered one of the most dangerous dog breeds in the world. It is actually banned in several countries, including Denmark, Fiji, The Cayman Islands, and Australia, just to name a few.

Despite this notoriety, they are still quite popular, with Dogo enthusiasts constantly defending them as misunderstood darlings.

Whatever the case, there is no denying the fact that their restriction and subsequent demand have a lot to do with why this is one of the most expensive dog breeds in the world.

4. Rottweiler

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Price: $2,500 to $8,000

Rottweilers are neither exotic nor are they rare. They may be elegant-looking with their shiny coats and stocky frames but there is generally nothing super unique about their look.

Despite all these factors, they are some of the most expensive dogs to buy whether as puppies or as fully grown dogs.

You may get one for around $2,500 as an untrained puppy. However, fully trained guard rottweilers are quite expensive given how efficient these dogs are at the job.

3. Chow Chow

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Price: $3,000 to $11,000

Buying a Chow Chow may not be as expensive as you expect it to be. While there are breeders who slap on price tags in the tens of thousands, you could get one for less than $5,000.

What makes them really expensive are their special care needs. First off, this is a very sickly breed. With health issues like diabetes, bone and joint issues, as well as some cancers, vet bills are bound to add up.

2. Lakeland Terrier

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Price: $1,000 to $1,200

For the most part, expensive dog breeds tend to be medium to large or extremely rare. This is not the case with the popular Lakeland Terrier.

They are adored for how easy they generally are to live with. They are incredibly smart and independent. This makes them ideal for busy pet parents or where there may be space restrictions.

They are also very healthy and long-living dogs which makes them great to have if you want a low maintenance dog in terms of health costs.

1. Canadian Eskimo Dog

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Price: $800 to $1,200

The Canadian Eskimo Dog was once one of the most popular working dog breeds in Canada. They were used for everything from pulling sleds to guarding homes.

Unfortunately, their numbers have drastically reduced in recent years landing them on the endangered dog breed list. In fact, there were only about 300 purebred Canadian Eskimo Dogs registered as of 2018.

Their general rarity is without a doubt the leading reason why they are so expensive all over the world.

What Is A Rich Person Dog? 

A rich person dog is one that is preferred by the wealthy and elite mainly for aesthetic features as well as the quality of the bloodline. One of the most popular in this case is the Pomeranian. Whether it is a mini lapdog or a standard-sized pom companion, you will find these pups in some of the most affluent homes around the world.

Which Person Has The Most Dogs In The World? 

Kublai Khan is believed to have been the owner of the most dogs in history. The Mongolian emperor had 5,000 Mastiffs which were both working and companion dogs. More recently, Rakesh Shukla from Bangalore stood out with his numerous rescue dogs that totaled 735 as of 2017.

Do Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, And Mark Zuckerberg Have A Dog? 

Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg all own dogs. Bezos has one dog known as Kamala whose specific breed details are unclear. Gates has a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Oreo and a Maltese named Nilla. Finally, Zuckerberg has a white Puli dog named Beast.

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