The 10 Most Expensive Dog Breeds

Man’s best friend doesn’t always come free. In fact, some are willing to pay in the thousands for certain types of dogs, even breeds that are fairly easy to obtain. Though costs will vary based on location and breeder, these 10 breeds often have the highest average price tag.


Tibetan Mastiff

A Tibetan Mastiff became the world’s most expensive dog when it was bought for a cool $1.6 million.



Akita Inu

Akitas originated in Japan but today can be found all over the world as successful show and therapy dogs. They have thick coats, plush tails and a powerful build, along with a dignified and courageous personality. Puppy price: $4,500 and up



Löwchen means “little lion” in German, a fitting name for this small dog with an impressive mane of hair and talent for agility. Puppy price: $4,800 to $8,000




Samoyed’s premium price could also be due to its looks: a coat that ranges from pure white to biscuit, and black lips that curl into a well-known “Samoyed smile”. Price from $4000 to $11000



Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a beautiful small dog that undoubtedly is a contender for the title of “top tail-wagger.” Puppy price can be up to $14000.



English Bulldog

Bulldogs are lovable and gentle, though often unaware of their size. Based on its continued placement on the AKC’s list of most popular dogs in the U.S., many are willing to pay top dollar for this chubby companion. Price: from $2500 to $9000.



Chow Chow

This powerful and sturdy Arctic breed used to be a working dog, but today can mostly be found as a companion and in shows. Price: $3000 to $8,500.

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Irish Wolfhound

Two thousand dollars might seem a small price to pay for the tallest of dogs, also known for a commanding appearance. Irish Wolfhounds are known for their athletic ability, especially in endurance running. Price: $1,500 to $2,000.



Pharaoh Hound

The national dog of Malta, the Pharaoh Hound has a lot going for him, starting with its very royal look, its athletic disposition, and its high intelligence. Plus, the Pharaoh Hound has something that makes him unique: their noses and ears can blush when they’re extremely happy or excited. Price: from $2,500 to $6500.




Rottweilers are as multi-talented as they are robust and powerful. The intelligent, patient breed often works as a police dog, herder, service dog, therapy dog, or obedience competitor. Puppy price: $2000 to $8000.