Top Ten Highest Priced Dog Breeds

Determining Price

The price of a dog is contingent on a number of factors.

However, dogs that are more costly to buy are usually categorized as a purebred
or a rare breed of dog.

In addition, some dogs carry a higher price tag when they are regularly
seen in the presence of a celebrity.

The following Top Ten list showcases those canines that enjoy top status when it comes to prestige, popularity, and cost. Outside of one dog, all of the dogs on the list are large dogs as well. So, you might say that the ultimate cost one pays might be measured, in some instances, by the height and weight of the dog as well.

Number One: The German Shepherd
Coming in at Number One among expensive breeds is the German Shepherd, which is available in long and short-haired varieties. However, the short-haired dogs are more expensive and are the ones that are recognized in dog shows. The dog, which was sanctioned by the AKC in 1908, is also a highly intelligent dog that is hard-working as well. German Shepherds do well in occupational situations and therefore are well-suited to police or military work, guard dog duty, and working as guide or emotional support dogs for the blind or handicapped. In some cases, German Shepherds can cost over $20,000 to buy.

Number Two: The Cavilier King Charles Spaniel
The smallest dog on the list and a favorite of royalty, the Cavilier King Charles Spaniel was named for King Charles II, who reigned over England, Scotland, and Ireland in the seventeenth century. Good with children and outgoing, the dogs are excellent family pets. Growing to about a foot high, they weigh, on average, around 15 pounds. The dog can run over $12,000 in price.

Number Three: The Samoyed
The large white Samoyed is an affable pet which is smart but not the best dog to choose to guard your property. Originating in Russia, the friendly dog received AKC recognition in 1906. The Samoyed, whose thick coat requires a good deal of grooming, thrives the best in colder climates. Dog owners can pay as much as $10,000 to own the dog.

Number Four: The English Bulldog
The English Bulldog, although rather intimidating to behold, is one of the nicest dogs on the planet. Therefore, the breed can be adapted to life with kids or makes a good companion in just about any situation that calls for a loyal and affectionate pet. The dogs, which reach around a foot in height, generally weigh about 50 pounds when they are full-grown. Best suited to indoor environments, the dog does not do well in hot weather due to his flat nose and small windpipes. English Bulldogs are indeed expensive canines as they can run from around $2,000 to $8,000 in price.

Number Five: The Chow Chow
Chow Chows, which originate from China, were once used by the Chinese to guard, pull sleds, and herd cattle. Introduced to English households in the early nineteenth century, the Chow Chow can cost as much as $8,000 in some instances.

Number Six: The Rottweiler
Another expensive breed of dog is the Rottweiler, who is a devoted family dog as well as an excellent protector. The loyal canine companion is a popular choice for military and police work too. Growing to a height of about two feet and weighing as much as 130 pounds, the Rottweiler was officially recognized by the AKC in 1931. Expect to pay as much as $7,000 for some breeds.

Number Seven: The Pharaoh Hound v The Pharaoh Hound, as the name would suggest, is one of the world's most ancient breeds of dog, and originates from Ancient Egypt. The canine, which is also the national dog of Malta, is known for its excellent capacity to hear and see. A distinctive and unique canine, the Pharaoh Hound is definitely not cheap, running from as much as $3,000 to over $6,000 to buy and own.

Number Eight: The Bearded Collie
One of the oldest breeds coming out of Britain, the Bearded Collie has been herding sheep since the early part of the sixteenth century. Known for its ability to both herd and hunt, the dog can grow as much as twenty inches in height and weigh as much as 60 pounds. The Bearded Collie is well-suited to the Great Outdoors, preferring even extreme weather conditions to living in a small indoor space. Dog owners have paid as much as $5,000 to own one of these dogs.

Number Nine: The Akita
Used in military and police work, the Akita - a Japanese dog breed - is also considered the National Monument of Japan. The dog, which is considered to bring its owner good luck, was introduced to the U.S. in 1938 by Helen Keller. She was given a dog named Kamikaze-go after she visited the country. The Japanese canine runs from around $2,000 to a little over $4,000 in price.

Number Ten: The Tibetan Mastiff
The least expensive dog on the Top Ten list, the Tibetan Mastiff is an exceptionally large animal. The dog can grow to a height of over two feet and weigh in the range of 160 to 170 pounds. However, there are some dog owners that claim to own Tibetan Mastiffs that weigh over 200 pounds. An ancient breed, the Tibetan Mastiff lived for hundreds of years in the Himalayas where it was put into service as a guard dog. Now the breed is a popular pet among people living in the UK and US. The large, long-haired dog, in some instances, can be purchased for as much as $2,000.