17 Most Expensive Dogs In The World

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Paying less than $1000 is common for many dog breeds that we all know, but which dog breeds have prices that go above and beyond?

In this article, we will talk about 17 of the most expensive dogs, not including mixes as we would be here all day if we included mixed dog breeds.

Poodle mixes are famous for costing thousands of dollars, so to keep things interesting for you (and this list about 100 breeds shorter) we are going to focus on the most expensive purebred dog breeds.

One thing you need to know before we begin is that all dogs are individuals and the information below on each breed are just generalizations based on research. All dogs are individuals and can be impacted by many things that shape their personality and behavior.

Most Expensive Dogs In The World

Bernese Mountain Dog: $800 to $2,000

a Bernese Mountain Dog laying down on a sidewalk

Bernese Mountain Dogs are a beautiful large breed that is known to be quite friendly. They love their family and don’t like to be away from them for long.

They are known to have a calm demeanor, but of course, exercise is still required to ensure they don’t get bored or destructive.

Also, even though they are friendly and good family dogs they may not be great for families with young children as their large size may knock them over during playtime.

On average, the cost of a Bernese Mountain Dog is around $1,200. However, if you are buying a top-quality Bernese Mountain Dog with exquisite lineage they can cost you around $2,500 to $10,000.

Other costs you must factor in for this breed are vet bills. Bernese Mountain Dogs are prone to many health issues that can get costly when looking for health care.

You must be especially careful when choosing your breeder because if you buy from an irresponsible breed you can be at high risk of many health problems that can cost you thousands in vet bills.

Unfortunately, this breed isn’t known to live very long, the average lifespan being 6 – 8 years.

Bichon Frise: $900 – $3,500

a Bichon Frise looking into a jacuzzi full of water and bubbles

This hypoallergenic dog breed can cost you quite a bit of money when buying from a quality breeder. If you stay strictly to the cost of the puppy, the Bichon Frise costs about $1,500 on average for a good quality pup.

Keep in mind though, buying from a quality breeder upfront can help you avoid thousands of dollars in vet costs that you would spend buying a $500 puppy from an irresponsible breeder.

Also, price isn’t a guarantee of the quality of a puppy. You should still do as much research as you can on the breeder to make sure they are reputable.

Getting onto what this fancy-sounding breed is like, they are friendly dogs that can be great for single people living in apartments.

They love receiving and giving love as well as being the main focus of attention in any room they enter.

This isn’t a hard thing for them to get as they have an adorable look that makes you want to hug them as soon as you see them trounce into a room.

As we touched on earlier they are great apartment dogs and their low-shedding coat will give you much less hair to clean after.

However, just because their coat may not shed much that doesn’t mean you are exempt from grooming.

They will still need frequent brushing to keep their coat in good condition and you may even want to get a professional groomer to help you keep it looking pristine.

Akitas: $1,000 – $5,000

an akita inu laying down on a bed indoors

This breed can get confusing really quickly as in every other country it is actually 2 breeds! The Japanese Akita and the American Akita are the subjects of much debate amongst Akita owners.

The Japanese Akita is more like the purebred Akita as they are a more fox-like dog that weighs between 50 – 85 pounds. Whereas the American Akita weighs around 80 – 145 pounds.

If you want to learn more about the Akita and why there is such a physical difference between the two variations of this breed, check out our article on the Akita Inu.

On average, the cost of an American Akita is $1,400 but this can go much higher for champion bloodlines. On average the cost of a Japanese Akita is $3,000 but this is known to go a lot higher than this for champion bloodlines and show dogs.

An interesting fact about show-quality Akita Inus is that in Japan they can cost up to $75,000!

A short summary of their personality is: difficult guard dogs that love can love their owners for life but need an experienced owner to train them.

These dogs are known to be aggressive and especially for large American Akitas, they can be hard to manage as they get older.

This makes it especially important to get them good training and socialization as a puppy to help shape them into a better adult.

This is something that will be a challenge for the first time dog owner which is why we recommend this breed for experts.

Caucasian Ovcharka: $1,500 – $3,500

This breed is known for its amazingly humongous size! This can be partially attributed to the fact they come from the ancient Molossus breed from over 2,000 years ago.

On average these dogs weigh about 110 to 220 pounds with gender being a varying factor. Typically males are larger and weigh more than the females.

Caucasian Ovcharkas are not dogs you see often and this scarcity certainly drives their price up. On average, a Caucasian Ovcharka will cost you about $1,500.

However, they can go up to $3,000 and beyond depending on certain factors such as bloodline.

In addition to their large body, they also have a heavy coat that is prone to LOTS of shedding. So if you are sensitive to that kind of thing this is not the breed for you.

Being a guard dog they will love their family, however, their protective nature can make them wary of strangers and make them, well, not the best with other dogs.

Their guard dog nature even dates back to these dogs being used as guard dogs for the Berlin wall and even the USSR used them as guard dogs for the prisoners.

Being such a large dog, it is important to get these dogs early training and socialization so as they get bigger and more powerful they know how to act.

This responsibility should be left to more experienced owners that know how to train a dog right. You definitely don’t want a dog of this size to act irresponsibly as it could cause much harm.

St. Bernard: $1,500 – $4,000

a saint bernard laying on a sandy beach near the ocean

Here is another giant dog breed for those big dog enthusiasts out there! These big dogs can weigh up to 180 pounds and 30 inches in height.

On average, a St. Bernard will cost you about $1,500 but can end up costing you much more if you buy a dog with an impressive bloodline.

The funny thing about the St. Bernard is that they are actually known to be puppies for a long time. Mentally it will take them longer to mature, but this doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

Also, they are known to be quite friendly to their family and the people they meet. Even towards strangers, they will rely on their good nature when making a first impression.

Of course, with any dog of this size, an experienced trainer is recommended as you want to make sure you train your very giant dog to be the best boy or girl.

One last thing you should know about this breed is that their coat will shed a lot so be prepared. You will need to brush their coat, as well as clean up plenty of hair from your floor.

Afghan Hound: $2,000 – $3,000

a closeup picture of an afghan hound

This breed is known for its unique long coat that covers their slender body. This lightweight build makes them not very tolerant of pain or cold weather.

On average, an Afghan Hound costs around $2,000 but can cost up to $3,000. Although that may be the typical range, like any breed there are outliers on both sides.

Some breeders may charge less than $1,000 which can be a sign of an irresponsible breeder and other breeders may cost much more than $3,000 if they are from a champion bloodline.

These dogs have an independent mentality, but they will need plenty of exercise to stay happy. That exercise should look like a mile or two minimum daily, and this can be walking.

You will definitely need to keep them on a leash as they have a high prey drive and will take off if they see an animal moving.

It’s also a good measure to have a fenced in yard to prevent them from chasing things out into the street.

That is of course if you live in a house, but these dogs can also do well in apartments when provided with enough daily exercise.

Irish Wolfhound: $2,000 – $3,000

an Irish Wolfhound standing next to a very small puppy

Behold, you are looking at the tallest breed in the world! Well at least on average, the tallest dog in the world is Zeus the Great Dane who measured in at 44 inches tall.

This gentle giant isn’t known for aggression and in fact is known to be quite sensitive to those around them.

They enjoy the company of others and have a NEED to spend time with their owner so they can soak up all that love.

On average, an Irish Wolfhound costs $1,900 which is for the cost of the puppy alone. However, for a dog of this size there are going to be plenty of costs in food, toys, vet visits and other variable costs.

As you probably assumed, these dogs are best in homes with large backyards where these dogs can stretch out their long legs.

Apartments are without a doubt the least comfortable environment for this dog breed.

This dog does need a decent amount of exercise which usually adds up to be around 40 minutes.

This is also where a yard is useful since it can be a good place for your dog to safely run around and burn off any extra energy after a couple walks.

Lastly, unlike other giant dogs on this list, the Irish Wolfhound is a moderate shedder which is slightly less than the heavy shedding Caucasian Ovcharka.

Saluki: $2,000 – $4,000

a picture of a saluki standing outside

These majestic looking dogs make great running companions and are also hypoallergenic!

Unfortunately, these dogs are also quite rare which is going to hike that price up quite a bit, IF you can even find a breeder.

On average, a Saluki can cost $2,500 but depending on the old economics of supply and demand the price can vary greatly.

Although these dogs may have a beautiful long coat, under all that is a body very similar to the Greyhound.

This makes this breed more sensitive which is a challenge especially in households with younger children that may not always treat dogs with a gentle touch.

You will need to set aside plenty of time to exercise these dogs as they have high energy levels which need to be properly expelled with lots of exercise.

It is said this breed needs a minimum of two hours of exercise per day. So if you don’t exercise frequently or just don’t have the time this is not the breed for you.

When you are going for your daily runs or walks make sure you keep them on a leash because their high prey drive can send them zooming towards other small animals.

For this reason, this breed is also not recommended for homes with cats, small dogs, or other small pets that you may have.

In fact, the preferred company for a Saluki is another Saluki, they much rather prefer their own breed over other dog breeds.

Rottweiler: $2,000 – $6,000

a purebred rottweiler standing next to a river

It’s so nice to see a familiar face on this list! Rottweilers, although more popular than the other breeds on this list, are known to cost quite a bit of money!

On average, you can buy a Rottweiler for around $1,000 but you may not be buying from the best quality breeder. For an AKC-registered breeder, you could be paying $2,000 for a higher quality Rottweiler.

You may ask yourself, “Why would I pay double the cost?”, to that which I say because you could actually be paying much less by buying from a more reputable breeder.

Irresponsible breeders or puppy mills may breed and sell dogs without proper health screening. Which means they could be passing on genetic diseases that will end up not only putting your dog in bad health but also costing you several thousands of dollars.

Of course, your Rottweiler can still have health issues but you could be improving your odds just by buying from a responsible breeder.

Moving onto what a Rottweiler is like, they are actually quite affectionate dogs with their family but have the power to protect which has given them somewhat of a reputation.

Because of their very intimidating, large size they may be seen as a scary dog to the extent of not being allowed in certain neighborhoods.

Also, you should be aware that some people may prejudge your dog when walking on the street, even if you have a well-trained friendly Rottweiler.

Rottweilers are actually pretty intelligent dogs and with the right trainer starting at a young age can be easy to train.

What makes it more difficult is their obvious size difference that makes them less manageable as they get older.

So make sure you start training them young and also get them tons of socialization so they learn to be friendly with other people and dogs.

The last thing any Rottweiler owner wants is a scared dog that can weigh more than 100 pounds!

Pharaoh Hound: $2,500 to $6,500

a Pharaoh Hound on a walk standing by a person

That’s not just a name, these dogs can actually be dated back to more than 5,000 years ago in ancient Egypt. Just by looking at their lightweight body and short coat you can see why they did well in that hot climate.

On average, a Pharaoh Hound costs around $2,500 but depending on the availability, bloodline and other factors this is known to fluctuate.

Onto personality, these dogs love their owners and don’t want to be away from them for long. If you do spend most of your days away from your dog here are some dogs that can be left alone.

Unlike many other dogs on this list these are good dogs for first time owners. They don’t require a whole ton of exercise and are relatively easy to train.

Like other dogs of their stature they are quite sensitive and may not be great for homes with young children.

Pharaoh Hounds are also not great for homes with small dogs, cats, or other animals as they have a high prey drive and tend to chase them.

One last thing that makes this breed unique is they have a low shedding coat which is better for people with sensitivities. This also makes them much easier to groom as there isn’t much hair to groom!

Lowchen: $3,000 to $6,000

a lowchen laying on a box of hay

The Lowchen, which stands for “little lion dog” was at one point the rarest dog breed. Although they no longer hold that title, they are still dangerously close to being extinct.

On average, the Lowchen costs around $2,000 but for higher quality bloodlines you can end up paying between $3,000 and $6,000.

That is of course if you can even find a Lowchen breeder and one of good quality that sells health pups.

Due to their compact size and relatively low amount of exercise needed these dogs can be great for apartment owners. Lowchens are smaller dogs so they only need about 20 minutes of exercise minimum per day.

They will want to spend plenty of time with you though as they are not dogs that like being left alone for long. They love their family and when you are gone for long they may even experience separation anxiety.

It should also be known these dogs are known to bark quite a bit, so if they aren’t happy about something you will know about it (and so will your neighbors).

Fortunately, they are easy to train, so training them good behaviors won’t be too difficult or at least it won’t have the extra hassle some other dogs can add to the training.

Chow Chow: $3,000 – $8,000

a chow chow standing in a yard in the shade

Chow Chows are a very odd dog breed as they don’t act all that much like a dog. In fact, many people liken their behaviors to that of a cat which may be good for people that want an independent dog.

On average, a Chow Chow costs $1,500 however if you buy a Chow Chow of high bloodline quality it can cost you closer to $3,000 and beyond.

Getting back to their behavior, these dogs aren’t very affectionate like many other dog breeds tend to be. Generally, they may choose one person to be affectionate towards and won’t give much to other family members.

These dogs prefer to do their own thing and aren’t all that interested in cuddling or things like that.

Chow Chows will still need plenty of exercise to keep off the weight. They are prone towards gaining weight and obesity so they should stay moving and have the right portions at meal time to stay in good health.

Chow Chows aren’t known to be kind to strangers or other dogs. With their territorial nature, they may even get physical with other dogs if they don’t like the situation.

Of course, all of these are generalizations of the breed based on research and all dogs are individuals that are heavily impacted by socialization and training during their puppy years.

English Bulldog: $3,000 – $10,000

a closeup of an English bulldog on a walk

You’ve seen these adorable, jolly dogs strutting around the neighborhood before. They have a very distinct look that makes them impossible to miss!

On average, you will probably spend around $3,000 to get an English Bulldog of good quality. However, better bloodlines can vary the cost greatly and it isn’t uncommon to see this price go as high as $10,000 per puppy and beyond.

The major reason why these adorable dogs cost more than other breeds is that they need a mandatory C-section since their birth canals aren’t big enough to birth the puppies.

C-sections can cost the breeder $1,500 or higher, which is an additional cost many other breeders of other dog breeds may not have to pay.

The costs don’t just stop there though, English Bulldogs are not cheap dogs to live with.

They have several health problems that need special care and as many Bulldog owners will state, you are essentially buying a child with a Bulldog.

They are worth the money and time though! English Bulldogs are loving dogs that love their family and new people!

They can even do well with other pets in the family, but they can be wary when it comes to strange dogs.

Samoyed: $3,000 – $11,000

a samoyed standing next to another dog in the snow

These beautiful snow-white dogs have an exotic coat that comes at a high cost. There is also much debate as to whether or not these dogs should be considered hypoallergenic.

On average, Samoyeds from a good quality bloodline can cost around $3,000 but this can go up very quickly as you get into champion bloodlines.

Back to the Samoyed hypoallergenic debate, these dogs are listed by some resources as hypoallergenic because they are low dander dogs, but they shed A LOT. Twice a year they will have a huge shed they will create piles of hair.

These dogs will require plenty of grooming to keep their hair in great condition and free of loose hair. Even though they may be low-dander to very sensitive people they may still have an issue with this breed.

Onto personality, these dogs are known to be affectionate towards most people. They carry a good natured attitude and will want to spend plenty of time with the family.

They will need a good amount of exercise for a dog their size, about an hour a day should suffice. Since they are prone to getting overweight it is best you stay consistent with this so they can stay in good health.

As you can imagine they are better in colder weather because of their fluffy white coat and you should make sure they are comfortable when things get hotter.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel: $2,000 – $14,000

cavalier king charles spaniel running through grass on a leash

You have most likely seen this dog before and just at a glance you can understand why they are expensive. They are beautiful dogs with a friendly disposition that makes them easy to approach.

On average, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel costs $4,000 but can easily cost you more as you scale up in the quality of the bloodline.

If you are new to being a dog owner this is a great dog to start with. They are easy to train, smart, want to spend time with you and are generally very kind to everything they encounter.

Walking down the street the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel will want to meet as many people as they can to get the maximum amount of petting per day.

Like most breeds there are a variety of different personalities you may get, not all dogs are the same even if they are of the same breed.

Sometimes a dog is just more energetic or they develop to be something that is totally contrary to general information about the breed.

These dogs are purely companion dogs, and they are far too friendly to be used in any guarding duties. Plus, they would much rather prefer following you around over patrolling the house.

Being smaller dogs they remain more sensitive so they aren’t ideal for homes with young children that don’t know how to act around dogs.

German Shepherd: Up To $24,000

a german shepherd laying down in sand

Ah yes, the German Shepherd, a wonderfully large dog that we have often seen both in film and as working dogs in real life. They are alert and active dogs, yet they are also very affectionate to their family.

On average, a German Shepherd costs $1,000 but if you want to buy from a higher quality breeder it may cost you closer to $3,500.

Then of course, for people looking for a show-quality German Shepherd, you can end up paying up to $24,000!

To my surprise, these dogs were actually ranked #2 on the 2019 list of most popular dog breeds by the AKC only being beaten in popularity by the Labrador Retriever at #1.

German Shepherds are commonly seen these days as good family dogs (with proper training) as well as good guard dogs.

They know how to be affectionate towards their family while still protecting them from what they may see as suspicious.

Fortunately, these dogs are very open to training and learning new things so they are often described as easy to train. Paired with their high intelligence it isn’t shocking they are used in many different jobs.

They are known to bark though, which is good for a watchdog but expect your German to start barking when they hear the doorbell or see someone approaching the door.

One last thing you should know before getting a German Shepherd is that they are notorious for their very high shedding levels.

A reliable vacuum and mop will be a good idea before getting this breed as you will be finding hair all over the place!

Tibetan Mastiff: $3,000 to $1,900,000

a Tibetan Mastiff puppy sleeping on a red blanket
Tibetan Mastiff puppy taking a nap.

Tibetan Mastiffs are amazing dogs that have a big fluffy coat and an impressive size that can amount to over 150 pounds!

This dog is frequently purchased for hundreds of thousands of dollars, or even more than a million dollars in China. Not too long ago, a Chinese businessman purchased one of these majestic dogs for 1.9 million dollars!

Before that, one Tibetan Mastiff named “Big Splash” sold for 1.5 Million dollars in China. Why? Because this particular Tibetan Mastiff was said to be the perfect specimen!

On average, the Tibetan Mastiff costs around $3,000 on the lower end. However, if you are looking for one of top-quality you can spend anywhere from $5,000 to 2 Million!

So what are these pricey, giant dogs like? Well they are smart dogs that are known to be difficult to train because of their independent thinking and stubbornness.

They appreciate your company though and will show affection towards you. Having spent some much time around people in their past, it’s clear they have an understanding of people and their emotions.

This can be a good thing and a bad thing though. If your dog picks up on an argument with your partner then they may pick up on the anger and start to become frustrated themself.

Also, at their core they are guard dogs, they can get territorial and apprehensive around strangers often trying to get a feel for if a stranger is good or bad.

With good socialization you can improve their feelings of strangers and other dogs. So be sure to start socializing them as they are young.

Taking all this into account, it is probably best you only take on a Tibetan Mastiff if you have the experience and knowledge to train them to be a good dog as it won’t be easy.

Conclusion

If you decide to get any of the dogs on this list be ready to pay top dollar!

But remember that when you buy a dog price shouldn’t be as much of a concern as buying a good quality puppy that is going to be healthy.

Puppy mills are a real problem in the United States and they are run by irresponsible breeders that don’t care for the dogs which can cause many problems.

If you want to know the signs of a puppy mill check out this resource.

Lastly, before you get any puppy make sure you really research the breed beforehand to make sure you know what you are volunteering for.

It is important to get a breed that fits your lifestyle so you have the best odds of succeeding and making your new dog feel like they fit right into your life.

Enjoy the journey of having a dog, it goes quickly but it is an experience you will never forget.