Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World
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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.

Enjoy our list we rank them from lower price to higher:

 

German Shephard: $600-$1,500

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Native to Central Europe, the German Shephard is a working dog that can weigh up to 88 lbs. Once referred to as the “Alsatian,” this is an obedient breed that makes for both a courageous and intelligent pet. Due to their intellectual capability, the military, police, and disabled individuals all use German Shepherds in some shape or form. The breed is the second most popular in Germany and the seventh most popular in the United Kingdom.

 

Toy Poodle: $750-$2,000

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – Toy Poodle
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The Toy Poodle is very friendly and is one of the best dog breeds for families. They can live up to 15 years and are very faithful, active, and friendly. Many people hypothesize that instead of coming from France, the Toy Poodle actually came from Germany. Since it’s a miniature breed, the Toy Poodle weighs a maximum of 17 lbs.

 

Chinese Crested Hairless: $800-$1,000

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – Chinese Crested Hairless
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Similar to the Peruvian Inca Orchid, the Chinese Crested is almost entirely bald – except for its leg, tail, and ears. However, there is a “powderpuff” version of this dog that has an entire coat of hair.

This is a small breed of dog, with an average weight between 10 to 13 lbs. The AKC classifies them as a “toy” breed and they require frequent grooming to look tidy.

 

Black and Tan Coonhound: $600-1,200

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – Black and Tan Coonhound
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With American origins, the Black and Tan Coonhound is a hunting dog known for its gentle and friendly temperament. Males can weigh up to 75 lbs. and females 70. Despite their desire for chasing prey, these hounds are notoriously “couch potatoes.”

Their coat is very short and doesn’t require frequent grooming. The B&T coonhound has a life expectancy ranging from 10 to 12 years. Furthermore, these dogs have long ears that hang below the head.

 

American Foxhound: $600-$1,200

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With their loving and noble temperament, the American Foxhound is a loyal companion and good family pet. These dogs have a life span between 10 and 12 years and they can stand up to 25 in tall. American originally bred these dogs to hunt foxes due to their great sense of scent. They have a medium-length coat consisting of black, white, and tan fur. Since these dogs are very active, they need daily walks.

 

Canadian Eskimo Dog: $1,000-$1,200

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As the name suggests, the Canadian Eskimo dog originates from the Arctic region of Canada. It is thought that these dogs arrived in Canada about 12,000 years ago from Siberia. Working dogs by nature, the native people of Canada use this breed to pull sledges across the treacherous terrain. Since a very small number of these dogs exist, they are at risk of extinction.

 

Redbone Coonhound: $600-$1,200

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – Redbone Coonhound
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The Redbone Coonhound comes from the United States and is an energetic, family-friendly dog. They have a maximum lifespan of around 12 years and can weigh up to 70 lbs. With a muscular and lean build, this breed is a hunter at heart. Despite their predatory nature, these dogs are very loyal and form a strong bond with their owners. Like most hounds, they have a short coat of fur that is solid red.

 

Yorkshire Terrier: $800-$10,000

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Developed in England during the 19th century, the Yorkshire Terrier is a small breed of dog that weighs up to 7 lbs. These bold dogs can live up to 16 years. Their long coat of fur is not only soft and silky, but also hypoallergenic. Despite its teddy bear look, this dog can be feisty at times and attention-seeking. Due to this, they are not the best pet for families with kids.

 

Beagle: $500-$1,500

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Characterized by their gentle and caring temperament, the Beagle is a small hound that can weigh up to 24 lbs. These dogs have been around for hundreds of years and come from the United Kingdom. Beagles can weigh up to 16 in. and their coat ranges from orange and white to chocolate tri. This breed didn’t come to the United States until the 1840s, when they were first used for hunting small pests.

 

Manchester Terrier: $700-$1,200

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Originating from England, the Manchester Terrier is a small breed that weighs between 12 and 22 lbs. These smooth-haired dogs were first used for hunting rats and rabbit coursing. In general, these terriers are very loyal and a bit feisty at times. Their lifespan ranges from 14 to 16 years and they measure 15 to 16 in. in height. There’s both a standard and toy variety – the latter about half the size of the standard.

 

Chihuahua: $600-$1,700

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With Mexican roots, the Chihuahua is one of the smallest dog breeds and weighs up to 6.6 lbs. They are very energetic dogs and full of life. On average, this breed lives between 12 and 20 years. In fact, the Chihuahua is number four in the world in terms of owner registrations. There’s both a long and short-coat chihuahua, so grooming varies. According to historians, Chihuahuas date back to the 1800s when they were found in Northern Mexico.

 

Australian Silky Terrier: $1,000-$1,250

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The Australian Silky Terrier is a small-size dog that originated back in 1890s. These dogs have a life span between 12 and 15 years with a maximum height of around 10 in. Given that their temperament is joyful and alert, these terriers make for good family pets. They have a silky and flat coat of fur, complemented by shades of black and tan. Considered a “toy” breed, these dogs weigh between 8 and 10 lbs.

 

Ibizan Hound: $900-$1,800

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Originally from the Island of Ibiza, the Ibizan Hound is an exquisite and slender dog that reaches up to 28 in. in height. These intelligent dogs come in a variety of colors including fawn, red, and white. While there are two different hair textures, the most common is smooth. They are characterized by their stubborn yet intelligent temperament. Back in the days, the people of Ibiza used these dogs to course rabbits.

 

Pembroke Welsh Corgi: $600-$2,000

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – Pembroke Welsh Corgi
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Originally from Wales, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a herding dog with a tenacious and playful temperament. Males can weigh up to 31 lbs. and females follow behind at 29. They have a multicolor coat consisting of fawn, white, black, and tan colors. This short-legged breed can live anywhere between 12 and 14 years. Per the AKC, these dogs rank 20th in popularity. Twice per year these dogs shed massively, with frequent shedding daily.

 

Maltese: $600-$2,000

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Famous for their mini stature, the Maltese is a Mediterranean dog that weighs up to 8.8 lbs. They can live up to 15 years and have an affectionate and lively temperament. Considered a toy dog, the typical Maltese only stands 8 to 10 in. tall. Because of their long coat of fur, these dogs need frequent grooming and bathing. Their litter size ranges from one to three puppies. Despite their cute looks, Maltese dogs bark and the slightest sounds.

 

Pug: $600-$2,000

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Notorious for their wrinkled face, Pugs are originally from China and have a life span between 12 and 15 years. It wasn’t till the 16th century when these dogs were brought to Europe from Asia. With their muscular body, Pugs are a strong breed that is very active. In addition, these dogs are very friendly and make good companions. Males can measure up to 12 in. in height and females 10 in.

 

Parson Russell Terrier: $800-$2,500

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – Parson Russell Terrier
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The Parson Russell Terrier is a small breed that originates from England. These energetic and obedient dogs have a life span between 13 and 15 years. The first terrier of this kind dates back to 1795, with the help of Reverend John Russell. Most of these terriers 12 to 15 in. in height and weigh between 13 to 17 lbs. While they do shed, the frequency depends on how the length of their fur.

 

Bichon Frise: $400-$2,500

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Notorious for their puffy coat of fur, the Bichon Frise was originally a sailing dog that originated from Spain and is a descendent of the Poodle. They can live up to 16 years and reach a maximum height of around 11 in. Since these dogs are very playful and gentle, they make good companions and get along well with children.

 

American Pit Bull Terrier: $500-$2,400

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – American Pit Bull Terrier
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The American Pit Bull Terrier is a medium-size dog that weighs between 30 and 65 lbs. These short-haired dogs have a very loyal and obedient temperament – they are great companions. However, because of their aggressive nature, they are banned in the United Kingdom and Ontario. They have a smooth coat of fur paired with a buff and compact statue. When first bred, this breed was used to draw in bulls. Afterward, they became well-rounded farm dogs.

 

Samoyed: $1,000-$8,000

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Originating from the depths of Siberia, the Samoyed has a double-layer coat of thick fur and some Europeans refer to it as “Bjelkier.” Most Samoyed dogs have a loving nature and are not aggressive. In fact, finding an aggressive Samoyed is very rare. Siberians have historically used the Samoyed for hunting, pulling sleds, and herding animals. When outsiders discovered these dogs, they took them to Antarctica to assist with expeditions.

 

Czechoslovakian Wolfdog: $800-$1,500

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – Czechoslovakian Wolfdog
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Since the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is a hybrid between a dog and wolf, some places actually prohibit people from owning them as pets. Originating from what is now Slovakia and the Czech Republic, this dog is very noble, courageous, and gets along well with other dogs and humans. This is a herding dog and is used by farmers throughout Central Europe.

 

Rottweiler: $1,000-$1,800

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Even though its not the most expensive dog, buying a Rottweiler will set you back quite a bit. When you bring up this breed’s name, the first thing people think of is aggression. In fact, a rottweiler once killed a man who just adopted him a few hours ago. Even though this German dog is very obedient to its owner, you have to be cautious if you aren’t familiar with the dog.

 

Alaskan Malamute: $1,200-$1,700

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – Alaskan Malamute
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Originating from the Far North, Alaskan Malamutes is a strong domestic breed of dog used for hauling supplies and sleds. Females can reach up to 84 lbs. and males 95 lbs. Despite their strength, Malamutes make very affectionate and loyal pets. Their average lifespan is between 10 and 12 years. While the most popular colors are black and white, you can also find these dogs in red, gray, and seal colors.

 

Field Spaniel: $600-$2,700

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Natives of England, Field Spaniels are medium-sized dogs that can live between 10 and 12 years. Classified as a “rare” breed by The Kennel Club, these dogs are hard to come across. Since they are very friendly and docile dogs, this breed gets along well with children. With that said, they are very energetic and love to play a game of fetch. Their coat comes in various colors – black, liver, and even blue roan.

 

Lakeland Terrier: $1,200-$1,800

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The Lakeland Terrier originates from England and boasts a hypoallergenic coat of fur. In general, this breed is very confident, playful, and easily trainable. These terriers weigh around 16 lbs. and measure up to 15 in. in height. And while this breed is abundant in the United Kingdom, they are rare in North America. This dog has a friendly and calm temperament, making them a good family pet.

 

Saluki: $900-$2,500

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – Saluki

One of the 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.

 

Bernese Mountain Dog: $1,000-$10,000

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The Bernese Mountain Dog comes from Swiss Alps and both the females and males can weigh up to 110 lbs. Overall, this breed is affectionate and loyal, making for a great family dog. Moreover, the Bernese Mountain Dog has a unique multicolor coat with white, black, and brown. They have a shorter lifespan: between 6 to 8 years. This breed has historically been a farm dog throughout the mountains of Switzerland.

 

Newfoundland: $1,000-$3,500

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This courageous and friendly dog comes from Canada, where the fisherman from Newfoundland used them in their day-to-day work. The Newfoundland is a large breed of dog – males can weigh up to 150 lbs. and females 120. With a muscular statue, these dogs make good swimmers and working companions. The average Newfoundland dog lives between 8 to 10 years.

 

Kerry Blue Terrier: $1,000-$2,000

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – Kerry Blue Terrier
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The Kerry Blue Terrier was originally used for keeping pests away – rats, rabbits, and more. They are a very loyal breed of dog and can live up to 15 years. Originating from Ireland, the Kerry Blue Terrier is notorious as a working dog is the national dog of Ireland. The breed gets its named because it was first found in Kerry, Ireland – a county in the southwest of the country.

 

Miniature Bull Terrier: $1,200-$2,000

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – Miniature Bull Terrier
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The Miniature Bull Terrier is a spunky and energetic dog that is bound to keep you entertained. Similar to their Bull Terrier relatives, Miniature Bull Terriers have very short and glossy fur. These fun-sized dogs have a maximum height of 14 in. and weigh anywhere between 20 to 35 lbs. Unfortunately, Miniature Bull Terriers are at risk of having health defects, including LAD (a genetic disease) and deafness.

 

Old English Sheepdog: $1,500

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – Old English Sheepdog
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This long-haired and sociable sheepdog originates from England and was originally used as a herding dog. With hair usually cover its face, it’s hard to say how well the Old English Sheepdog’s vision is. They have the nickname “bob-tail” in England, so you may hear them referred to that name as well. You’ll notice in person and in this breeds pictures that they are very intelligent and playful dogs.

 

Peruvian Inca Orchid: $1,500-3,000

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – Peruvian Inca Orchid
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The Peruvian Inca Orchid has origins dating to ancient times, even before the Incas settled on the Andean mountains of Peru. Know as “Perro Sin Pelo de Peru,” this dog has no hair and ranges in height from 10 to 26 in. Since they don’t have hair, they are very easy to clean. Despite their alertness, this breed gets along well with other dogs and tends to protect women and children. They are extremely intelligent dogs and pick up new tricks quickly.

 

Saint Bernard: $1,500-3,000

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As working dog from Switzerland, the Saint Bernard is probably one of the most popular “expensive dogs.” This breed of dog can weigh up to 260 lbs. and stand 35 in. tall. The French have historically used this breed of dog on their farms to watch over their livestock. Saint Bernards have two different coats – both a rough and soft one.

 

Teddy Bear: $500-$2,100

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Also called a Zuchon, Teddy Bears are a mix between a Bichon Frise and Shih Tzu. Their golden fur literally makes them look like a stuffed animal. This designer dog breed weighs up to 15 lbs. and stands between 9 to 12 in. tall. Since this breed is short-muzzled, they can have breathing problems. In addition, Teddy Bears and generally playful dogs and have a good temperament and cheerful mood.

 

English Setter: $1,200-$2,500

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – English Setter
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This medium-size dog comes from the United Kingdom and has a white coat with spots of other colors. English Setters don’t have many health problems and they can live up to 12 years. Females can reach up to 24 in. and males 27 in. in height.

These Setters have silky, soft fur along with a feathered tail. The English originally bred these dogs to hunt birds and this explains their ability to follow the scent of animals.

 

Golden Retriever: $600-$3,000

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – Golden Retriever
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Golden Retrievers are inarguably friendly and make great family pets. Breeders originally used these dogs to retrieve various waterfowl after shooting them. The typical Golden Retriever weighs between 55 and 75 lbs. and can live up to 12 years.

Their intelligence makes them the perfect disability assistance dog for blind and deaf individuals. As a matter of fact, this breed is the one of the popular dogs in the United States, ranking number 3.

 

Pekingese: $700-$3,000

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Originally from China, the Pekingese is a smaller dog that resembles a lion. Their name comes from the city of Peking. Back in ancient times, this was the go-to breed for lap dogs and companions.

Classified as a toy dog by AKC, the Pekingese weighs an average of 6 to 7 lbs. Due to their extremely long coat of fur, owners must brush these dogs daily. They can also get very hot when left out in the heat.

 

Irish Wolfhound: $1,500-$2,200

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – Irish Wolfhound
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This breed has roots dating back to 7000 BC, when they originally came to Ireland. The Irish Wolfhound is a hunter by nature and has a life expectancy between 6 to 8 years. In addition to their thick coat of fur, a male Irish Wolfhound can reach up to 3 ft. in height and weigh up to 180 lbs.

 

Harrier: $1,500-$2,500

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Regarded as cheerful and active dogs, Harriers make loyal companions and good family pets. They originate from the United Kingdom and a life span between 10 and 12 years. With their multi-color (white, brown, and black) coats, these dogs resemble stereotypical hunting hounds.

These dogs reach a maximum height of 21 in. and can weigh up to 65 lbs. Despite their smaller size, they are very strong and have large bones that help them run long distances.

 

Norfolk Terrier: $1,800-$2,500

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – Norfolk Terrier

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.

 

Great Dane: $700-$3,000

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The German Great Dane breed is famous for its tall statue and rather short life span (8 to 10 years). This breed of dog originates back to the 16th century, when a dog mixed with English Mastiffs and Irish Wolfhounds was used for hunting in Europe. Considered a working breed, the Great Dane is very strong and elegant. They suffer from minor health problems like canine hip dysplasia.

 

Dachshund: $750-$3,000

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The Dachshund is a short-legged dog that comes Germany and weighs between 16 and 33lbs. Their coats come in three difference varieties: short hair, longhaired, and wirehaired. The rarest of the three are wirehaired Dachshunds. Given their long and short body type, this breed can have back problems.

These dogs live an average of 12.7 years and can have up to 8 pups in their litter. Out of all the dog breeds in the United States, the Dachshund ranks 13th.

 

Spinone Italiano: $2,000

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Made obvious by the name, the Spinone Italiano is an Italian breed that comes from the Piedmont region in Northern Italy. Also called the “Spinner,” this breed dates back to 500 BC. Not only are they good hunting dogs, but they are also intelligent and make good companions. The Spinone comes in various colors including white, orange roan, and white with brown markings. With an average life expectancy of around 8.7 years, this dog doesn’t live as long as some others.

 

Staffordshire Bull Terrier: $1,500-$2,500

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – Staffordshire Bull Terrier
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The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a native of England and can reach up to 16 in. in height. Although some Staffordshire Bull Terriers make good options, others can show a lot of aggression and stubbornness. Training them while they are a puppy is crucial to tame their temperament. They live an average of 12 to 14 years. The most common health issues in this breed of dog include cataracts and metabolic disorders.

 

Papillon: $800-$3,000

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – Papillon
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Part of the Spaniel family, the Papillion is a toy-size dog that weighs up to 9.9 lbs. They originate from Belgium and France and appeared in paintings dating back to the 16th century. Their coat has a base color of white, with various patches of other colors.

While they are good family pets, the Papillon is full of energy and needs to release it constantly. Because of their large ears, these dogs have the nickname “butterfly.”

 

Black Russian Terrier: $1,800-$2,500

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – Black Russian Terrier
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While its not one of the smartest dog breed, the Black Russian Terrier is very energetic and full of life. Originally created the former Soviet Union, Russians have historically used the Black Russian Terrier as a working dog around the house and on the farms. As a matter of fact, Russian scientists actually combined 17 breeds of dogs to create this mutt.

 

Afghan Hound: $2,000-$2,500

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – Afghan Hound
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Originating out of the Middle East, the Afghan Hound is a tall breed with a silky coat of fur. With a large paws and a height of 27 in, this dog can withstand the treacherous terrain of the Hindu Kush mountains. Today, the people of Afghanistan use these hounds in the sport of lure coursing. Originally used for hunting, this breed is confident and very independent.

 

Rat Terrier: $800-$4,200

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – Rat Terrier
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Traditionally a farm dog, Rat Terriers have a life span between 15 to 18 years and can stand up to 18 in. tall. These dogs were widespread back in the 1920’s and 30’s. Most of them are very affectionate and make loving pets.

Originally from the USA, these dogs have a smooth coat that’s often tri or bicolored. Despite their long life spans, Rat Terriers have some health issues such as hip dysplasia and patellar luxation.

 

Azawakh: $2,000-$3,000

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – Azawakh
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With roots in West Africa, the Azawakh is a tall breed of dog that makes for a good livestock guard. These dogs can reach up to 29 in. in height but are very skinny, weighing no more than 55 lbs. The Azawakh is thought to have evolved from pariah dogs some 10,000 years ago. Because of their strong companion and work skills, the Tuareg and Fula tribes breed them to this day.

 

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel: $1,800-$3,500

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
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Considered a “Toy Poodle” dog, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a small breed that can weigh up to 18 lbs. This dog is from the United Kingdom and is one of the top 20 most popular dogs in the country. Their unique pattern and soft coat of fur make them a desirable household pet.

 

Schipperke: $1,300-$4,300

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – Schipperke
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This small dog was created in Belgium back in the 16th century. Although typically black, some Schipperkes can have a cream or apricot coat. Males and females can both weigh up to 20 lbs., with a height ranging from 10 to 13 in. This breed has pointy ears along with a small head and ruff around their neck. On average, these dogs live between 13 to 15 years. Since they are very energetic dogs, Schipperkes need a daily walk.

 

English Bulldog: $1,500-$4,000

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – English Bulldog
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The English Bulldog is a buff dog with a face that always seems to be frowning. They have a thick layer of skin along with a small flap that hangs down below their chin. While most of these dogs are clam, a handful of them have aggressive tendencies. Furthermore, these dogs have a shorter life span at just 8.4 years.

Bulldogs have a long history that dates back to the 1500’s. The “bull” portion of their name comes from the sport bull-baiting.

 

Treeing Walker Coonhound: $650-$6,000

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – Treeing Walker Coonhound
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Created in the United States, the Treeing Walker Coonhound is a descendant of Foxhounds and can live up to 13 years. They have a pleasantly affectionate temperament along with a confident attitude. Males and females can both weigh up to 70 lbs., with a maximum height around 27 in.

The main reason this dog was bred in 19th century was to hunt racoons. Treeing Walker Coonhounds either have a tri or bicolored coat.

 

Portuguese Water Dog: $2,500-6,000

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – Portuguese Water Dog
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The Portuguese Water Dog gets its name for its innate ability to swim and help fisherman in the Algarve region of Portugal. While it’s not certain, some people speculate that this breed of dog came to Europe from Asia accompanied by Germanic tribes. The Portuguese Water Dog can live up to 14 years or more and gained fame after former United States President Obama bought two of them.

 

Chinese Chongqing: $3,500

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – Chinese Chongqing
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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.

 

Bedlington Terrier: $3,700

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – Bedlington Terrier
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With English roots, the Bedlington Terrier is a small dog known for its good temper and intelligent mindset. Unlike some terriers, this breed has a soft, curly coat of fur and is calmer than its counterparts.

In addition to a working dog, the Bedlington Terrier makes for a good water breed. Bedlington Terrier  they are typically healthy and don’t have major health problems.

 

Pomeranian: $700-$4,000

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – Pomeranian

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.

 

Thai Ridgeback: $800-$4,000

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – Thai Ridgeback

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.

 

Dogo Argentino: $2,500-$5,000

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – Dogo Argentino
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Made obvious by the name, the Dogo Argentino is a breed native to Argentina. According to the American Kennel Club, the Dogo and similar dog breeds can hunt large animals like wild boar.

Despite the fact that it’s a hunting dog, the Dogo Argentino is very loyal and affectionate. They can live up to 12 years and the males can weigh up to 100 lbs. This is a hunting dog and often aggressive.

 

French Bulldog: $1,400-$3,000

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – French Bulldog
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While some bulldogs get a bad reputation, the French Bulldog is far from dangerous. In fact, many of these dogs are sociable, affectionate, and relaxed. The French Bulldog originates from France and is a very popular breed in the United Kingdom, United States, and Australia. They come in a variety of colors including white, tan, brindle, and fawn. This breed can live up to 14 years and weighs between 20 to 30 lbs. on average.

 

Bearded Collie: $1,500-$2,500

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – Bearded Collie
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The Bearded Collie comes from Scotland and is not a popular breed in North America. Weighing up to 55 lbs., the Bearded Collie is a medium-sized dog that has a thick coat of fur. As a matter of fact, the Bearded Collie was created when a Scotsman decided to breed local Scottish dogs with Polish Lowland Sheepdogs. Because of their calm temperament, these dogs are very popular household pets.

 

Affenpinscher: $1,500-$4,000

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – Affenpinscher

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.

 

Akita Inu: $1,500-$4,500

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – Akita Inu

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.

 

Dalmatian: $1,600-$5,500

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – Dalmatian
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Dalmatians originate from the Eastern European country of Croatia. Not only are they intelligent, but they are also playful and affectionate dogs. Unbeknownst to some, Dalmatians don’t have spots right at birth. Instead, they start to appear between three to four weeks afterwards. They can live up to 18 years and can reach a maximum height of around 24 in and weight of 71 lbs. Believe it or not, some Dalmatians can have up to 18 pups in one litter.

 

Pharaoh Hound: $1,000-$7,000

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – Pharaoh Hound

This is one of the most ancient hunting breeds. In fact, the Pharaoh 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.

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

 

Miniature Pinscher: $1,000-$6,000 

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – Miniature Pinscher
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Notorious for their spikey ears, the Miniature Pinscher is a small dog that comes from Germany. This is a very outgoing and energetic breed that requires a lot of attention. They have a life span of around 15 years and can weigh up to 11 lbs. Historical pieces with representations of the Miniature Pinscher date back to the 19th century. One of the most famous paintings is one by Jean Bungartz.

 

Cesky Terrier: $1,200-$2,500

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – Cesky Terrier
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The Cesky Terrier is a nonaggressive and quiet dog that comes from Czechoslovakia. Originally created in 1948 as a hunting dog, this breed is a mix between a Sottish Terrier and a Sealyham Terrier.

Most of these terriers have a charcoal coat of fur with noticeably large strands of hair on their face. Moreover, they have a life span between 12 and 15 years. The Cesky Terrier has held a “rare” status since 2000.

 

Otterhound: $1,500-$2,500

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – Otterhound
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With only 600 animals in existence, the Otterhound is an extremely rare breed. The English originally bred Otterhounds in the 19th century to satisfy their need for hunting dogs. And because of their hunting background, these dogs are immensely strong and take long steps.

Despite being hunters, their name actually comes from their webbed feet. Male Otterhounds can weigh up to 115 lbs. and females up to 80. Most otterhounds either have a white or grizzly-like coat of fur.

 

Lowchen: $2,500-$7,500

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – Lowchen

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.

 

Chow Chow: $3,000-$8,500

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – Chow Chow
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A native of China, the Chinese call the Chow Chow “Songshi Quan,” meaning “puffy-lion dog.” History says that this dog evolved 2,000 years in ago and many rulers used them to pull sleds and protect their empires.

While it doesn’t seem pleasant, the Chinese actually bred the Chow Chow to eat them. The average Chow Chow lives up to 13 years and has a thick layer of hair.

 

Tibetan Mastiff: $2,000-$15,000

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Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World – Tibetan Mastiff

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.

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