I’m guessing that you are wondering what’s the most expensive dog breed? It’s no surprise nowadays when someone tells you that they have just spent over $1000.00 on a new puppy but just how much is too much? Here is our list of top 10 most expensive dog breeds.
10. French Bulldog ($2000 – $4000)
Commonly known as a Bouledogue français this little beauty will melt anyone’s heart. The French Bulldog breed began back in the early 1800s when English settlers arrived in Normandy France displaced by the industrial revolution, they were crossbred between the French ratters and the English Toy Bulldogs. The American Kennel Club or AKC specifies that a purebred French Bulldog should be muscular, with a loose and very soft coat of hair. Breed standard colors consist of various shades of brindle, tan, fawn or white with brindle patches. Any other colors may be linked to generic health problems so before purchasing one you may want to speak to the breeder or do some further research.
Adult Weight: Males 24-28lbs Females 16-24lbs.
Life Expectancy: 11-13 years.
Temperament: Requires a lot of attention and they do not cope well left alone for longer than a few hours. Excellent around kids and adults and the make a perfect family pet.
Health Concerns: The most common are ear infections and skin allergies.
Annual Upkeep: Between $1000 – $3200
- I did not know that – Over 75% of Female French Bulldogs require artificial insemination as they have very slim hips making it very difficult for the males to mount the females.
9. Akita ($1000 – $3000)
Known in their native homeland of Japan as an Akita Inu, Inu meaning dog these dogs are phenomenal and extremely loyal. Back in the early 16th century the Akita breed started to decline, the military were taking the males into action and dog fighting was also popular back then. In an attempt to bring the numbers back up efforts were made during the second world war by crossbreeding them with the German Shepherd. One thing to note is if you do decide to buy one make sure you brush them at least once a week. Would I buy one? In heartbeat, I love these dogs.
Adult Weight: Male 100-130lbs Females 70-100lbs
Life Expectancy: 10-15 years
Temperament: This dog likes to be dominant, loyal to their owner and very protective, be careful when they are among other dogs and unless 100% confident do not let them off the leash whilst in a park where other dogs may be present.
Health Concerns: The most common are hip dysplasia and an eye disease called retinal atrophy that can lead to blindness
Annual Upkeep: Between $800 – $1400
- I did not know that – During WWII the Japanese government ordered all non-military Akita Inu to be slaughtered. Many were being killed for their pelts and for the meat, in an effort to save their pet, owners would release their dog back into the wild where they would start to breed again with their ancestor dogs, the Matagi in the northern mountainous parts of Japan.
8. German Shepherd ($1000 – $2500)
The German Shepard is one of the most commonly known dogs around the world, They are the second most registered breed with the AKC American Kennel Club. It’s comes as no surprise that more and more families have decided to go for this particular breed of dog due to their outstanding ability to learn and obey. These dogs were originally developed for sheep herding but because they are intelligent, obedient, strong and loyal they were quickly recognized as one of the best all round breed on the planet and that is why you will see many of the working in the military, for the police, as sniffer dogs or as seeing eye dogs. Hands down my favorite dog but if you do decide to buy one make sure you dedicate time to them as they need regular exercise and a lot of hugs.
Adult Weight: Males 70-90lbs Females 50-75
Life Expectancy: 10-13 years
Temperament: Due to their willingness to learn and eagerness to feel important they are always subconsciously curious of their surroundings and therefore make excellent guard dogs, in spite of the fact that they like to socialize with other dogs be wary of the fact that they are also extremely protective and their natural instinct is to be on guard.
Health Concerns: The most common is hip or elbow dysplasia, Degenerative myelopathy, Arthritis.
Annual Upkeep: Between $1200 – $1600
- I did not know that – In Mexico at the Narco Museum in Sedena, their is a display of a German Shepherd dog called Zuyaqui who is regarded as the dog who found the most amount of drugs in history whilst working for the police and military.
7. Dogo Argentino ($1500 – $3000)
It’s hard to believe that the Dogo Argentino has been around for less than 100 years, originating in Argentina from the Cordoba dog which is now an extinct breed, were very aggressive and strong and used for hunting and fighting. Their relentless temperament and extreme ferociousness made them one of the most feared dogs on the planet. In the late 1920s the last few remaining were crossbred with a number of other breeds including the Great Dane and the English Bulldog. They were later to be introduced in to America in the 1970s by Dr. Raul Zeballos. A lot like the German Shepherd they need to be well-trained to get the best of them, they are loyal and protective and need to socialize with other people and dogs from an early age if you are raising them as a family pet.
Adult Weight: Male 85-100lbs Female 80-90lbs
Life Expectancy: 10-14 years
Temperament: Courageous, Loyal, intelligent and protective. If you want to bring the best out of them, keep them active and involve them in family activities.
Health Concerns: The most common is deafness in one ear and mild skin irritations than can be easily be kept under control and treated.
Annual Upkeep: Between $1100 – $1300
- I did not know that – In 1928 Dogo Argentino dogs were bred and designed for big-game hunting like wild boar and dear. In 1991 the UK Government introduced a list of 4 dog breeds that were to be banned, one of those breeds included the Dogo Argentino because they were being bred for dog fighting.
6. Afghan Hound ($1800 – $3000)
The true history on the Afghan hound is unclear due to the many names that this particular breed seems to have, back in the early 1800s it was rumored that they were already living in the UK, brought back by soldiers during British India. It wasn’t until the 1920s when King Amanullah of the Afghan royal family came to the UK and brought them over as gifts that they started to gain recognition. Instantly making them popular by winning dog shows such as Crufts. Their stunning elegance and beauty makes them stand out from the crowd, their long topknot and shorter hair at the saddle are a distinct feature of this breed as well as high hipbones and a small ring at the tip of the tail. These dogs make excellent pets but may not be suited in a home with smaller animals. Like the Greyhound these dogs were bred for chasing and hunting small prey which also make them very agile.
Adult Weight: Males 55-60lbs Females 50-55lbs
Life Expectancy: 13-19 years
Temperament: Slow learners, playful, silly and happy. These dogs may take longer to train and learn about obedience but you’ll definitely have fun along the way.
Health Concerns: Despite living longer than most other breeds they are prone to a lot of health issues such as skin tumors, hip dysplasia, nasal depigmentation, digestive issues, allergies and cancer.
Annual Upkeep: Between $1500 – $1800
- I did not know that – Back in August 2005 a team of researchers led by Korean scientist Hwang Woo-suk announced that they had successfully cloned the first dog which happened to be an Afghan Hound that they named Snuppy.
5. Chow Chow ($1800 – £4000)
Another breed that has a bit of mystery behind the story of the origin is the Chow Chow, regarded as a delicacy in some parts of China it has been suggested that they have been around for over 3000 years, migrating from Arctic Asia through Siberia and Mongolia and finally settling in Northern China. Their cuddly bear like appearance has made people all around the world fall in love with this breed and the number of breeders are rapidly on the incline. If you’re seriously thinking of getting a Chow Chow then get ready to groom at least twice a week and stock up on a few different types of brushes.
Adult Weight: Males 50-90lbs Females 40-80lbs
Life Expectancy: 10-13 years
Temperament: Protective, territorial, stubborn, dignified and intelligent. Chow Chows like to be active but at the same time they love a lazy day. Daily walks are fine, you do need to tire these dogs out. Friendly nature but can show aggression towards unfamiliar dogs.
Health Concerns: Eye problems such as glaucoma and cataracts. Prone to autoimmune disease and hip dysplasia.
Annual Upkeep: Between $1700 – $2500
- I did not know that – Originating from the northern parts of China the Chow Chow is commonly referred to as Songshi-Quan meaning puffy lion dog.
4. Rottweiler ($1000 – $4500)
Named after a small German town in the southwest called Rottweil these dogs have been around for 100’s of years dating back to the Roman Empire, they were used as drover dogs, herding the livestock and guarding them during the night. During the first world war there was a huge demand for Rottweilers to be used as service dogs for their intelligence, strength and loyalty. The media have build up this portrayal of Rottweilers as being nasty, aggressive animals but this just simply isn’t true so long as they are raised well and looked after. An all round perfect family dog in my opinion so long as you have a large enough home with a garden and involve them in as much family fun activities as possible and If you forget to lock the door one night, no problem, these dogs know when their family may be in danger.
Adult Weight: Males 110-135lbs Females 75-100lbs
Life Expectancy: 8-10 years
Temperament: Good-natured, confident, devoted and always eager to work and face challenges. Train this dog well and devote your time to him/her and you will have one awesome companion. These dogs need to socialize at an early age and cannot be neglected.
Health Concerns: Entropion (Eye problems) and osteosarcoma (small aggressive bone tumors) In general they are a very healthy breed.
Annual Upkeep: Between $1200 – $1600
- I did not know that – Back in 2009 there was a story in the media about a 2-year-old Rottweiler called Jake that was out walking with his owner when suddenly they heard screams in the distance, a young woman had been sexually assaulted by an attacker and Jake ran to her rescue, chasing away the attacker before returning to the victim. The police later apprehended the man and Jake was given an award for his bravery by the RSPCA.
3. Lowchen ($1500 – $5000)
Known to locals around the region of Belgium, Netherlands and Germany as a little lion dog the Lowchen has been around since the mid 1900s. They are usually associated with the elite and wealthy and are very rare in most parts of the world. The Lowchen Club of America has only been going for 50 years and if you take a look on the AKC American Kennel Club you will only find a handful of breeders resulting in their price being a little higher than most other small breeds. Although they are small you will be surprised to know that they are rather a quiet breed and do not bark excessively like most other small dogs. Looking for the first family dog for the kids? Then look no further.
Adult Weight: Male 12-18lbs Female 10-14lbs
Life Expectancy: 13-15 years
Temperament: Playful, obedient, intelligent, happy, affectionate. These dogs make excellent house pets and are very comfortable around children and other humans. They do not like to be alone for long periods of time.
Health Concerns: Cataracts, Patella Luxation (knee issues) Overall a very health dog.
Annual Upkeep: Between $1000 – $1400
- I did not know that – Much like the Portuguese water dog, the Havanese and the Lagotto Romagnolo the Lowchen is among one of the rarest small breeds in the world despite the fact that some renaissance art shows very similar like paintwork of the Lowchen. I’t thought that the Lowchen breed may be as old as 500 years.
2. Samoyed ($2000 – $4000)
The Samoyed breed in my opinion is one of the most beautiful, a well groomed and looked after Samoyed will make them stand out from the crowd among other dogs like a full moon on a clear night. These dogs were first used back in the early 19th century by the Samoyede people who migrated to Siberia from the northern parts of Asia. They were originally used for hunting reindeer by the Samoyede, back then reindeer was a vital source of food and clothing. Eventually the Samoyede people moved from using their dogs as hunters to herders and ultimately sledging. These dogs love agility training and exercise and physical activities in the snow. Much like the Chow Chow they need constant grooming so make sure you buy a few good brushes.
Adult Weight: Males 48-60lbs Females 35-40lbs
Life Expectancy: 12-14 years
Temperament: Friendly, adaptable, playful, intelligent. Samoyeds require a lot exercise and need to keep active, a bored Samoyed will start to dig up your lawn. Excellent with kids, great family dog and territorial.
Health Concerns: Generically healthy but can suffer from Samoyed hereditary glomerulopathy (kidney problems). Consult your veterinarian or research the best diet for this breed.
Annual Upkeep: Between $1300 – $1700
- I did not know that – Shed Samoyed fur has a very similar texture to angora hair and has been used in the past for knitting, it has been reported that some clothing made from the fur can withstand temperatures well below freezing, their fur is also used for making flies for fly-fishing.
1. Tibetan Mastiff ($2000 – $10,000)
The Tibetan Mastiff is the king of all dogs. Originating from the nomadic cultures in northern parts of Asia such as China, Mongolia, Nepal, India and Tibet they have been used for over 1000 years to protect villagers and livestock from attacks by wild animals such as bears, leopards and even tigers. Tibetan Mastiffs tend to sleep more during the day so they are more alert during the night, their natural instinct is to be on guard and protect. A lot of breeders have crossbred with the Tibetan Mastiff and Purebreds are hard to find making them unique and expensive. Some breeders can charge up to $10,000 for a purebred.
Adult Weight: Males 110-150lbs Females 75-115lbs
Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
Temperament: Relaxed, Devoted and very intelligent. Get the best out of your Mastiff by making sure they have a large yard to roam around in, it is also advised that these dogs should be raised by experienced owners.
Health Concerns: Overall a genetically healthy breed, the most common issue are related to the eyes and skin, regular grooming and trips to the veterinarian is advised to keep your Mastiff healthy and mite free.
Annual Upkeep: Between $2500 – $3500
- I did not know that – Back in 2009 a Chinese business tycoon paid over $1.5 million for an 11-month-old Red Tibetan Mastiff called Big Splash making him the world’s most expensive dog.