Unlike other animals, dogs are one of the most common household pets owned by families. They are also popularly called ‘man’s best friend’ or ‘man’s best companion’. The U.S pet association conducted a census, and results showed that 85 million families owned pets and a larger majority (36.5%) owned dogs, making them the most popular in average households.
Despite their popularity, dog prices can be really high running into millions of dollars. Today we will be answering the question ‘what is the most expensive dog?’. The prices of these dogs have fluctuated over the years, but most of them have been able to maintain a place on this list. There are different types of dog breeds with varying sizes and characters, but today we will be talking about the most expensive dog breeds.
Below are the top 10 world’s most expensive dog breeds of 2020 in descending order.
#10 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – The Royal Toy Dog
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog breed is associated with the nobility in Europe, especially with the royalties from England, since the 17th century.
They are gentle and soft-hearted toy dogs, eager to please, playful, and friendly. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels enjoy sleeping and cuddling in people’s laps. Some tasty treats and a positive attitude will make the training easy as they are always willing to please.
The average price for this fluff starts from $1,500 and can go up to $3,500.
#9 Saluki – The Royal Dog of Egypt
The Saluki dog, one of the most ancient domesticated dog breeds, has traces in history since the time of the Pharaohs in ancient Egypt. Further, they were bred in the Middle East by the Bedouin Arabs to hunt in the desert.
With a strong and athletic body, Saluki is a high-speed sighthound with great hunting instincts that has the power to take down a gazelle and yet calm, elegant, with a highly sensitive nature. Generally, Saluki is a healthy dog breed with a life expectancy of around 12-14 years. Still, you have to buy the puppy from a certified breeder who can prove the health of the parents because some diseases can be inherited.
So, if you want an intelligent and beautiful Royal Dog of Egypt in your life, you have to know that Saluki is among the most expensive dog breeds, as the price ranges from $2,000 to $3,500.
#8 Rottweiler – aka Rotties by fans
The Rottweiler is known as an old dog breed, intelligent, and loyal, classified into the working dogs group. From a historical point of view, it’s thought that they traveled with Romans through Europe and crossed with a local breed in the city of Rottweil, Germany.
The result was a powerful breed that used to drive cattle to market, pull carts, or to guard against robbers. Rottweilers have a territorial, protective, and loyal nature. With a strong and fearless psychic, they are not suitable for new owners. These are the type of dogs that cause contradictory reactions: people either become their fans as they gain their trust or fear them from the beginning. They can make great companions for experienced and responsible owners.
The average cost of a Rottweiler starts from $1,000, but the price can go as high as $4,000 depending on the breeder.
#7 Azawakh – “Noble Dog of the Free People”
Azawakh is a sighthound from western Africa, from countries of Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso. Its name comes more precisely from a region between these countries, the Azawakh Valley, Sahara desert. The nomadic tribes in the area called him “Aidi N’Ailluli,” which means “Noble Dog of the Free People.”
Unlike most sighthounds, this breed is very protective, it has an innate tendency to guard, and can be quite skeptical with strangers. Apart from this, Azawakh is an intelligent and loyal dog, he will form a special connection with his owner, with whom he will be very affectionate and careful. It has a noble and elegant appearance, with a tall and skinny body, but don’t mistake him as weak, because it’s sturdy and has a lot of endurance.
Being an ancient dog breed and actually rare find, the price for an Azawakh puppy can go up to $7,000.
#6 Samoyed – The Smiley Dog
Samoyed is native of Russia, and his name comes from the Samoyese nomads from northern Siberia, who developed the breed thousands of years ago for herding reindeers, guarding, and sledding.
They are affectionate with their family, mainly because the Samoyed people were peaceful and treated them with gratitude, thus gaining their trust and loyalty. Sammies require early socialization and adaptation to various situations to form a family-friendly personality. They demand a lot of love and attention and will always be happy to do tasks for their owners. Samoyed are also renowned for their happy facial expression, with upturned corners of their mouths, which nicknamed them Smiley Dogs.
The cost for a well-bred Smiling Sammie can go as high as $4,500 if purchased from a reputable breeder.
#5 Akita – The National Treasure of Japan
The Akita dog breed has its roots in Japan, from the mountains of Akita Prefecture, in Tohoku Region, located in the north of Honshu Island. With a wild and intimidating appearance, Akitas are characterized as being confident, dominant, and powerful. Their sober character and protective nature don’t make them so friendly with strangers. If not raised carefully, they tend to become aggressive; that’s why they need early socialization and adequate training.
With a strong, fearless, and confident personality, Akita is not a breed for new owners, and their price is quite high, can get up to $5,000 for one with a champion bloodline.
#4 Pharaoh Hound – The Blushing Dog of Malta
Pharaoh Hound is one of the oldest domesticated dog breeds in history, which is believed to be native to ancient Egypt. It is said that Phoenician sailors brought them to Malta, where they were used over time in rabbit hunting, hence the name “Kelb tal-Fenek,” meaning “Dog of the rabbit.”
Nowadays, the Pharaoh Hound is characterized as an elegant and athletic dog. He is smart and friendly, he loves his owners deeply but is often reserved with foreign people. He is a sensitive dog, his mood depends a lot on the surrounding atmosphere, so he needs a balanced and calm environment. Its super quality, unique among dogs, is that it blushes when excited or happy, his nose and ears turning bright pink.
The price for a Pharaoh Hound starts at $1,900, but it can go as high as $5,000.
#3 Tibetan Mastiff – The Guardians of Himalaya
The geographical origin of this breed is clear: Central Asia – Tibet. Still, the history of these huge dogs from the Himalayas is uncertain due to the lack of written documentation from the Tibetan community. It is known, however, that they were protectors of the villages, guardians of the flocks, and defenders of the inhabitants.
Today, the Tibetan Mastiff is characterized as intelligent, fearless, and highly protective. It’s not a dog breed suited for anyone, especially for novice dog owners. They need a firm attitude and adequate training for guard dogs with strong instincts.
Generally, there are very few pure breeds, often on waiting lists, and so the high price, which can go up to $5,500.
Interesting fact: Did you know that the Tibetan Mastiff holds the title of the most expensive dog ever sold? A wealthy Chinese man bought a pup for $1.5 million in 2014 from a luxury pet expo in Zhejiang.
#2 English Bulldog – The National Breed of England
English Bulldogs are known to be good companions, loving, calm, and friendly with children, being the 5th most popular breed in the United States, according to AKC. Yet their reputation hasn’t always been so good, they were initially bred for bull-baiting – an aggressive gambling competition from medieval England.
Today, English Bulldogs are excellent family pets even for new owners. Still, they are not cheap, both the initial and on-going expenses are high. In general, English Bulldogs are unable to conceive or give birth naturally, and that involves higher costs for the breeders.
An English Bulldog puppy price starts from $1,500, but it can go up to $7,500 depending on the breeder.
#1 Löwchen – The Little Lion Dog
Löwchen is a companion dog that has been extremely loved in history, in the medieval period, by the noble women of France, Italy, Holland, Spain, Germany, and Russia. It often appears in the 15th-century writings and works of art. Its precise origins are unknown, but by name, some assume it would be from Germany.
Löwchen is a sociable dog, with a positive and friendly temperament, both with other animals and with new people. They are frequently noisy when on alert or in demand, being recognized as excessive barkers, but also intelligent hence easy to train. Löwchen will give and accept love with joy.
The price for a Lowchen puppy bought from a reputable breeder can reach up to $10,000.