Most Expensive Dog Breeds: Top Most Pretentious Pooches Ever

Most Expensive Dog Breeds
Wyatt Robinson
Written by Wyatt Robinson

As we already know, owning a dog can be pretty expensive – veterinary costs are always enormous, and when you include food costs then you come to a realization that a pet is like a family member. He does not only need your love and care, but also proper health maintenance and nourishing. But what about buying a puppy which is of pure bloodline? It may come as a surprise, but the prices vary and they can be sky-high!

In this article we are going to cover some of the most expensive dog breeds ever. That means that some of them may cost even thousands of dollars, depending on the region where you live, the purity of their origin and their availability. Please be aware that these factors can vary but they are all very important. Additionally, even though each puppy deserves the same love and care, they do not cost the same.

 Tibetan Mastiff

Average price: $2,000 — $7,000

The Tibetan Mastiff is a dog breed of large size that originated in Tibet. His original purpose was to protect sheep from wolves and to act as a protector in nomadic tribes of China and Mongolia. He was also used as a guardian dog in palaces, monasteries, villages and etc. He was often allowed to run loose at night in order to scare any intruders, both animals and humans. However, the interesting fact is that the “Mastiff” in his name is not really true. That part was added by Europeans who saw this dog for the first time and give him this title due to his large size.

Tibetan Mastiff

When it comes to his appearance, he hasn’t changed much. He is a dog of thick black or brown fur, big head and muzzle and curved tail. He can weigh almost 160 pounds, and his size has always made him look intimidating. He is not suited for living in an apartment.

This dog breed is very rare today (the pure bloodline) due to the limited genes from the original bloodline. That is why those breeders who have maintained the puppies of high quality sell them for thousands of dollars. Recently it has been reported that one purebred puppy has been sold in China for about $1.5 million.


Average price: $1,500 — $4,500

The Akita is a dog breed of large size that originated in Japan. There are two varieties: Akita Ken, which is considered to be American and to come in a range of various colors; and Japanese Akira or Akita Inu which comes only in a few colors and it is considered to be of purer bloodline. In Japan, this is a highly controversial issue because they tend to separate these two varieties as different breeds while in the USA, the inbreeding is allowed and they are considered to be only different varieties of the same breed.

Akita dog breed

The Akita is a very stubborn, dominant and powerful dog breed. It is not suitable for apartments or for beginners because unless they are trained or socialized properly from an early age, they can become very snappy or even aggressive towards other dogs, even people. Since they belong to a spitz breed, they prefer cold weather and their coat reflects that. They are recognizable due to their curvy tail and sandy fur with white parts on the belly and legs. However, the breed is also very loyal and it can be used as a companion dog as well. Those puppies that belong to pure bloodlines are sold for very high prices.

Pharaoh Hound

Average price: $2,500 — $6,500

The Pharaoh Hound is the national dog of Malta that resembles the Egyptian dogs from Ancient Egypt that were found in the pictures from ancient Egyptian tombs. However, the breed has no link to those dogs from Egypt as the DNA analysis has shown so far. If you are familiar with Egyptian mythology, then you will be able to see the resemblance as well. This hound has a very graceful and slim body, with short brown coat and long protruded ears. He may appear even skinny, but this unique appearance is the reason why his price may be very high.

Pharaoh Hound

Additionally, it is very rare to find owners who have this breed, especially purely bred. They are not very popular among commercial breeders and that is why they have almost none genetic disorders. However, that is also the reason why they are not easy to find and why their price can be very high.


Average price: $2,500

The Saluki is a long-legged dog breed that originated from the Fertile Crescent (or more precisely, the Cradle of Civilization that includes Mesopotamia). The Saluki is a very intelligent, loyal and affectionate dog even though he needs a lot of patient training. He is classified as a sight hound and he has very long legs and deep chest. There is no evidence, but it is believed that his name was given by the Sumerians and that he used to be a hunting dog.

Saluki dog breed

He is a breed of very unique appearance with big and fluffy ears and long tail. He can get bored easily and be reluctant to the strangers. He also belongs to the group of earliest dog breeds ever and has been spotted on the paintings from Egyptian tombs. The breed has been brought to the west in the 19th century and his popularity has increased since the middle 20th century until now. The price for the purebred puppies is still high.

 Irish Wolfhound

Average price: $1,500 to $2,000

The Irish Wolfhound is a very large dog that originates from Ireland. He was used primarily as a breed for hunting wolves but he was also used as a guardian. He has a very intimidating appearance that makes everyone afraid or put off. He is the tallest dog breed in the world now which can reach 32 inches (0.81 m) and weigh 120 pounds (54 kg). He is very muscular and has a coat of medium thickness that is usually grey or bluish can it can also be red, black or white.

Irish Wolfhound

The Irish Wolfhound is a very old breed that is believed to be brought to Ireland in 7000 BC. That is because this breed is mentioned in Irish literature that dates from the 5th century and his original Irish names is cú, which can be translated as hound, but also as a respected warrior. This breed is easy to train and they can be very obedient. They are also great with children and can be patient.


Average price: $4,800 to $8,000

The Löwchen or Little Lion Dog is a dog breed of small size that is from Medieval France and Germany. Sometimes it is registered as a toy and lap dog and sometimes even as a non-sporting dog. This breed has been spotted on French and German paintings from the 15th century and it was owned by the royals. It is a very cute and beautiful breed with long and silken coat that needs to be groomed daily.

Lowchen dog breed

What makes this dog breed unique is the fact that is also considered to be a hypoallergenic dog. His coat has a very low allergic effects on people and that is why he is very treasured and sought after. The puppies can reach enormous prices and there are not many purebred dogs in commercial waters.

He is a very friendly and happy dog that does not mind living in an apartment as long as his owner is always with him there. What makes this dog very expensive is the fact that it is one of the rarest in the world. In 1973, there were only 65 registered dogs of the breed and even today you will rarely see this dog.


Average price: $2,400 — $8,000

The Rottweiler is a German dog breed of medium to large size that almost everyone knows about and have seen at least once in their lives or neighbor. So you may wonder why it is exactly expensive, but the reason behind his price is that it is not very easy to get your hands on a purebred puppy of high quality, hence the sky-high price for this dog.

Rottweiler dog

He is a very muscular dog of black short coat with brown legs and muzzle. His jaw is very prominent and powerful and that is his most recognizable characteristic. This dog was once used as a cart puller and herd guardian due to his huge and powerful physique, but today he can be a very affectionate family dog who is very protective and loyal of his owner. It is not surprising to see him in the media portrayed as a vicious dog, but behind his scary appearance is a big heart.

Dogo Argentino

Average price: $3,900

The Dogo Argentino, also known as the Argentine Mastiff, is a dog breed of large size from Argentina. It was originally bred for hunting wild boar and other big animals but it has also been used as a fighting dog in illegal trade. Today, it is illegal to keep this dog in some countries such as the UK, Australia, Singapore, Ukraine etc.  The illegal possession of this breed can get you in prison.

Dogo Argentino

This breed was originally bred from the Cordoba Fighting Dog and since then people have been trying to stop the illegal use of this dog in dog fighting pits. This is a very brave, loyal and affectionate dog that would die protecting his owner. They are very muscular and big with short white coat and prominent muzzle.

The strong body can be very scary, but they are really more than their size and appearance. The aggressive traits have been almost completely bred put, but the breed is still portrayed as very aggressive in the media.


Average price: $4,000 to $10,000

The Samoyed, also known as Bjelkier, is a dog breed of medium size that originates from Northwest Russia and Western Siberia. It is a very popular dog breed because of its beautiful, white and fluffy coat, pointed ears and small head. The dog belongs to the spitz group and therefore prefers colder climate and the winter, as you can see from looking at his thick coat.

Samoyed dog breed

The price for puppies can reach thousands of dollars and it depends on the quality and thickness of the double layer coat, as the pure bloodline. When it comes to his temperament, Samoyeds are very intelligent, active and friendly dogs. Aggressive traits are very rare and unacceptable. Samoyeds are today instead of herding reindeer used as companion dogs, as dogs in agility and obedience competitions, tracking events and many more. Their beautiful appearance is always a head turner.

Chow Chow

Average price: $3,000 to $8,500

The Chow Chow is a Chinese dog breed of medium size where it is referred to as a puffy-lion dog, due to his beautiful thick coat. This dog breed was also called the Dog of the Tang Empire because it was owned by the royals of this Chinese dynasty and it is still one of the most unique dog breeds in the world. It belongs to the ancient dog group, which means that its DNK is very similar to the wolf’s original gene pool.

Chow Chow

When it comes to his appearance, the most famous trait is definitely the bluish tongue and the thick, brown coat with a curvy fluffy tail. The ears and eyes are very small while the head is rounded and prominent. The bluish tongue can also be found in Shar Pei, which is another popular Chinese dog breed. However, when it comes to his temperament, Chow Chows are known as fierce protectors, and they can be aggressive not only towards animals, but people too. They should be socialized and trained from an early age or the owner can have huge problems in the future.


Average price: $3,000+

The Azawakh is a dog breed of large size from Africa which belongs to the sight hound group. His other names include: Idi, Oska, Wulo and Hanshee. He is a very tall dog breed that can reach 74 cm and the weight of 25 kg. When it comes to the overall appearance, he is a slim dog of brownish color with long tail, long legs, and a protruded head with hung ears.

Azawakh dog breed

This breed needs a lot of exercise and it is not suitable for small, cramped places. He has a lot of energy and loves running along. Additionally, having in mind that their place of origin is Africa, they can handle really high temperatures. He is rarely bred outside Africa and that is why breeders can put sky-high prices on the puppies of this breed. This breed also has a very unique genetic heritage that has been isolated for thousands of years.

 English Bulldog

Average price: $2,400 to $3,200

The bulldog is a dog breed of medium size that originated in England. There are a couple of varieties that include the breeds known as: the American Bulldog, Old English Bulldog (which is now completely extinct), Leavitt Bulldog, Olde English Bulldogge, and the French Bulldog. This dog breed is very popular in the world and it is always ranked among the most popular dog breeds in the charts in the UK and the USA. The English Bulldog belongs to the non-sporting dog breeds because his body cannot withstand high intensity training and sports.

English Bulldog

Additionally, all bulldogs have recognizable flat noses which prevent them from breathing normally, therefore they are not fond of too low or too high temperatures.

When it comes to their temperaments, they are affectionate, loyal and brave little dogs. They are very fond of their owners and love being in their company. The purebred puppies of this breed can reach even $3,000 price tag because of their perfect physique which is acceptable for this breed and pure bloodline. If you decide to purchase this breed, make sure to take care of him or her properly, because they can be prone to various disorders and can be very sensitive.

The conclusion

To sum up, we have covered some of the most expensive dogs in the world and what makes them so unique. These sky-high prices mostly depend on the breed’s availability, origin, bloodline, appearance etc. Some of the dogs mentioned in this article belong to the oldest breeds in the world or even the rarest and that is why the puppies are so pricey.

However, we should not forget that just because they are expensive due to various reasons, that does not mean they should be loved and cared for more than those of mixed or unknown breeds. All dogs deserve our respect and love no matter their origin or price. If you choose to purchase one of these breeds, make sure to learn everything that there is about that particular breed so you can look after him or her properly and with utmost care.

About the author
Wyatt Robinson
Wyatt Robinson

Wyatt Robinson had a great 25-years career as a veterinarian in United Kingdom. He used to be a member of British Veterinary Association and worked in 3 pet hospitals in London and Manchester. He is shining when he sees his pets healthy and full of energy and it is his duty to help other dog owners to keep their best friends full of life.