What is the most expensive dog breed in the world?

So, what are the most expensive dog breeds? And which is the most expensive breed of dog? There are approximately 400 dog breeds in the world, but there a mere elite that are are worth an absolute fortune.

Insanely, many of these dog breeds cost the same price as a car!

Below you will find a list of the most expensive dogs in the world. We will reveal to you exorbitant puppy prices, fascinating facts about their breeding and maintenance, and reveal the history of these breeds, and how they came to be domesticated.


10. Saluki $800-$2000

Most expensive dog breeds in the world – Saluki


The Persian Greyhound was domesticated over 5000 years ago. Images of these dogs can be seen depicted in paintings found on the walls of ancient buildings in Ancient Egypt.

They were also mentioned throughout the works of the ancient historian Xenophon. Saluki is incredibly gentle and having a very calm disposition. Every member of the family will adore this adventurous and energetic dog.


9. Norfolk Terrier $1000-$2500

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This hunter was initially bred in Norfolk County, Great Britain. Originally considered another variety of the Norwich Terrier, it was finally acknowledged as a separate breed in 1964.

However, in reality, the Norfolk Terrier is really a Norwich Terrier with hanging ears. Norfolk Terriers are expert hunters. They will make very lively and happy companions. These dogs are daring, patient, robust and really love kids.


8. Chinese Chongqing $3500

Most expensive dog breeds in the world - Chinese Chongqing
Most expensive dog breeds in the world – Chinese Chongqing


This Chinese breed is extremely rare these days. The total number of these dogs left in China is a mere 2000.

Ancient statues depicting this breed date from around 200 BC. These dogs were loyal companions to members of the nobility. However, sadly their numbers have severely been reduced during the 20th century.

These dogs are very loyal, patient and friendly. Additionally, they have a surprisingly long lifespan! An average dog of this breed can live up to 20 years.





7. Akita Inu $1000-$3500


This service dog from Japan first appeared in the Akita region. It shares common roots with the Pomeranian.

Nowadays, the Akita Inu is considered a treasured part of Japanese national heritage. They are incredibly smart, patient and easily trained. They really love their owners. That devotion and loyalty mean they will act as the perfect security measure for your home.


6. Pomeranian $700-$4000

This decorative breed originated in German Pomerania. However, frescoes with similar dogs depicted on them were also found during the era of the Ancient Greeks.

The Pomeranian eventually appeared in Great Britain, where they were incredibly popular during the Victorian era. There is now high demand for this dog breed in Japan and the USA.

These dogs are really smart and easily trained. They love to play and they are very loyal to their owners.



5. Thai Ridgeback  $800-$4000

This is a big hunting dog originally from Thailand. This dog was bred solely within the Kingdom of Thailand for an extensive period. It has therefore succeeded in maintaining its pedigree.

They were eventually exported to the USA in the 20th century. This dog is incredibly powerful and active. Consequently, it requires long walks. Ridgebacks are very smart, but they have quite a temper. The owner has to demonstrate that he’s the boss from the very beginning.


4. Affenpinscher $1500-$4000

This breed made its first appearance about 400 years ago in Germany, with the intention that it would hunt and remove rodents.

These dogs also make perfect guard dogs and have an active and playful temperament. They alert you about any perceived danger that they sense with their loud bark.

They are extremely loyal and loving towards their owners.





3. – Pharaon Hound: $1000-$7000

Most expensive dog breeds in the world - Pharaon Hound
Most expensive dog breeds in the world – Pharaon Hound

This is one of the most ancient hunting breeds. In fact, the Pharaon Hound has served humanity for over 5000 years. The first images of these dogs were found depicted in the tombs of Ancient Egypt.

Before the beginning of the 20th century, this dog was mainly bred on islands in the Mediterranean. However, this dog is still incredibly rare.

Pharaon Hounds have a powerful character and will attempt to dominate. They are incredibly loyal, smart, playful, and can become a great companion.


2. Lowchen $2000-$7000

The Lowchen (the Lion Dog) was originally bred in France during the 16th century. This dog was also very popular in Spain. Images of these fluffy pets can be found within many of the masterpieces created by Goya.

Nowadays this dog is extremely unpopular. It was at one point listed as the rarest dog in the world by the Guinness Book of Records.  As a result, dog breeders have been attempting to increase this dog’s recognition.

Lowchen popularity is growing gradually. This is because these dogs are very smart, loyal and they really love their owners. These dogs usually have their coats clipped to make them appear like a small lion.


1. Tibetan Mastiff $2000-$15000


This legendary dog has been widely bred for more than 5000 years. It is claimed that even Buddha had a Tibetan Mastiff. Also, Genghis Khan reportedly treasured this breed.

These giant and smart dogs were known to be perfect guard dogs. They were well adapted to survive and thrive in the severe mountain climate. It also has a very patient and unobtrusive character.

Super loyal, they simply adore their owners. As a consequence, their owners, in turn, devote great amounts of energy to grooming them.

The most expensive dog in the world is Hong Dong and he’s a Tibetan Mastiff. His owner paid $1.5 million for him! If someone wishes to breed their dog with Hong Dong, the owner charges them $15000.

The ordering on this list containing the most expensive dogs constantly alters. However, the Tibetan Mastiff has not been knocked from the top spot for many, many years.

This dog superbly transforms into a loyal friend, guard or even shepherd.