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Most Expensive Dog Breeds (More Than $4,000 for a Puppy?)

Most Expensive Dog Breeds

We have covered a lot of dog breeds on this site. That’s kind of what we do. Some have been cheap, some…less so. But that go us thinking. Just what are people prepared to pay for a pure breed? After all, if the price is set by the market and by what people are willing to pay, then what is that figure and what is the world’s most expensive dog?

Before we get to number 1 and the actual most expensive dog, let’s look at the plural and group together the most expensive dogs available right now.

10. Irish Wolfhound $1,500+

A little scraggy looking, the Irish Wolfhound might not be the first dog that comes to mind when you think of the most expensive dog. But it’s up there. The general market price is around $1,500 to $2,000 for this dog. That might sound like a lot of money to pay for this dog, but they are fantastic pets and beautiful beasts.

What’s more, there are dogs out there that fetch a much bigger price than the Irish Wolfhound. We have only just got started, and this pretty little fellow only squeezes onto the list.

9 Akita $1,500+

A beautiful Japanese dog, the Akita can fetch a varied price depending on a number of factors. There are many non-pure breeds of this dog, as there are with any other, and that has served to dilute the gene pool a little. If you’re like us and are always happy to opt for a cross-breed if given the chance, then that won’t be an issue. But if you’re all for pure breeds it will be.

The price of the Akita barely drops below $1,500, which is the price that puts it 9th on our list of the world’s most expensive dogs. But the price can be as much as $4,000 or even more, which would move it up our list somewhat.

8. Saluki $2,000

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A strange looking dog, the Saluki is also known as a Persian Greyhound. It is fairly light and can grow to 2 and a half feet in height. The body is often smooth, but it has a super silky and lustrous coat. It’s a proud dog and makes for a great show dog, which is what it tends to be bred for.

On a list of the world’s most expensive dog breeds, the Saluki fits in at number 8 because of its starting price, but as with the Akita and others on the list, it can go a lot higher. In fact, owners have been known to pay as much as $5,000 for this breed.

7. Rottweiler $2,000

This dog doesn’t get the best press. It is known for its ferocity, its strength and its ability to tear a man to pieces in seconds, or so many seem to believe. The truth is, it can be a very friendly and happy dog, just like any other breed. It’s all about the upbringing and the owner, and less about any genetics.

Also, a Rottweiler pup is absolutely gorgeous. If you want your own little dog then you’ll need a amount of around $3,000, with some prices more than twice that. Not the most expensive dog breed, but not far off either.

6. Tibetan Mastiff $2,300

This is a beast of a dog, but as a puppy it is the cutest thing you will ever see. It is a big bundle of fur, with droopy ears almost like a lop-eared bunny and a coat not too different from a German Shepherd. It is strong, it is friendly and it is super cuddly, which is why the price of Tibetan Mastiffs often begins at around $2,500 to $3,000, with some prices being quoted as high as $6,000 to $8,000.

5. Pharaoh Hound $2,500

This big eared, short-fur pup can be bought for as “little” as $2,500. But the average price you can expect to pay for this expensive dog breed is nearly twice that, with some figures been quoted as high as $7,000. That’s a lot of money to pay for a dog, but as you have probably figured out, there are many more expensive dogs waiting on this list.

4. English Bulldog $2,800 +

A slobbery, messy but incredibly cute dog, the bulldog has all kinds of issues with its eyes and it doesn’t have the cleanest genes either. It can develop walking issues, blindness and other debilitating conditions, but it is still a popular dog. In certain countries it is also a lot cheaper, sometimes in the hundreds of dollars. But if you’re in the United States and you want your own English Bulldog then you will need a lot more than that. Prices begin at just under $3,000 and go sky high from there.

3. ChowChow $3,000 +

A very unique dog that looks a little like a metrosexual akita. You will need a minimum of $3,000 if you want one of these designer dogs for yourself, but take one look at this cute pup and tell us you’re not already prepared to rob your local bank in order to get your hands on one.

2. Lawton $3,800

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This is a are breed and deserving of a place on our list of the world’s most expensive dog breed because of a huge $5,000 price tag. And that’s the minimum, because it has been known to go for $8,000 and more. It’s not a hugely unique looking dog, but it has a great personality. It wouldn’t be too out of place on our list of Quiet Dog Breeds either.

1. Samoyed $4,000 +

This is easily the most expensive dog. You’ll find it taking pride of place on all lists of most expensive dogs because it has a minimum price of around $4,000 and it is not unheard of for this cute pup to go for three times that amount.

Imagine paying $12,000 for a dog! And that’s before you factor in toys, vet bills and dog food. That’s a hell of a lot of money, but in return you get an unbelievable cute dog that looks like a cross between an anime and a teddy bear. It is not just top of a list of the most expensive dogs, but also of the cutest dogs, the fluffiest dogs and the Dogs That Look Most Like Carpets. That’s one hell of a CV, you gotta admit.

Or you could just buy a cat or a rabbit. They are also cute, and you’ll have a lot more money left over afterwards.