From wild animals to man’s best friend, the domestication of dogs more than 20,000 years ago has affected our lives and theirs. The domesticating of these furry creatures started as a means of survival: to help chase down prey and protect the family.
Over time, the pet industry has grown and evolved. This includes new and expensive dog breeds. To learn more about the most expensive dog breeds, check out our list!
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Originally from the UK, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel’s average price is $1,000 and is considered a toy dog. This breed was a popular lap dog during medieval times. Generally, they are a friendly breed with their fluffy ears and attachment to their human owners.
You guessed it, this breed originates from the Czech Republic or Czechoslovakia. In the cases where you come in contact with one, fear not because they are as friendly as can be! Their background and lineage dating back to 1955 when they were bred for an experiment by the CSSR Breed Association.
Let’s move on to one of the most popular gentle giants – St. Bernard. He may look familiar for some people because of his appearance in the Beethoven movie – obviously not about the legendary composer. The breed belongs to the working dog category and is known to weigh up to 250 pounds!
No, you’re not looking at a lamb. This dog is called the Bedlington Terrier. Despite its sheepish (get it?) looks, this pup was bred to hunt and has been a staple in dog races and shows throughout the years. The average price for this specific breed is $1,800.
Alright, the name is as quirky as the lineage. When you have a labrador-poodle crossbreed mate with a golden retriever-poodle crossbreed, you get a Double Doodle and their average price is $1,900. They are pretty healthy and do not encounter any issues as they grow up compared to others on this list.
Despite their undeniable fluffiness, this pup rarely sheds! The key to their hearts is playing fetch.
The Caucasian Ovtcharka made its mark as a working dog for the Soviet Union. Their lineage comes from several Shepherd Dog breeds from Azerbaijan and Georgia. Breeders on YouTube claim that this pup when grown can kill a wolf – we do not know for sure but it may be best to keep your Ovtcharka from possible confrontations.
Their average price is $2,000.
Bouvier des Flandres
The Bouvier des Flandres is a breed of herding dog that came from Belgium. They are used to farm work including cart pulling and herding animals.
This pup sells for an average of $2,000 and lives for at least ten years. Not having a farm should not discourage you from getting the Bouvier because as long as your happy, we can assure you that this pup will be happy.
The Newfoundland or the Moscow Water Dog was bred in modern-day Canada. Although the breeding happened before the Confederation of Canada, this pup has been making its mark for a long time with its unique bone structure perfect for work and its long coats made for the cold.
The average selling price of this breed is $2,000 with males weighing up to 150 pounds and females up to 120 pounds.
The Golden Retriever is an extremely kind, smiley dog breed. It was originally bred to retrieve waterfowl during hunting season, they are famous for retrieving the said animal without damaging the kill!
With its reliability and delicateness, this Scottish dog’s price averages at $2,000 and is the fifth-most-bred dog in the world.
The Löwchen or the Petit Chien Lion (which translates to Little Lion Dog) comes from Germany or France. It is a non-sporting breed and is a part of the toy class. The pup’s lineage dates back to 1422 in Europe, making appearances in numerous paintings and tapestries.
When we say little, we mean it. The Löwchen only weighs up to eighteen pounds! They are intelligent and quite active. The average price for this breed is $5,000 and is generally healthy.
Before they were known to protect, the Rottweilers were first a breed of working dogs. They would help drive livestock to the market and pull carts that belonged to the butchers. While their general occupation has changed, there are a few things that haven’t. The Rottweilers’ courage and alertness have gotten them the job of being the first police dogs.
Besides their not-so-great reputation, they can be quite the family dog if they were trained to socialize.
The English Bulldog is known for its pushed-in snout, wrinkly face, and stout body. It can weigh up to fifty pounds and is rumored to have first been bred in the 1600s – even appearing in paintings such as the “Painting of a Bulldog” by Philip Reinagle.
The Bulldogs’ lifespan is eight to ten years. Although they tend to be friendlier than some of the dog breeds, their level of stubbornness is pretty high which makes them hard to train. Because they are not active, these pups are prone to obesity.
The Chow Chow or Songshi Quan (which directly translates to “puffy lion” is not hypoallergenic. Its distinct features are its short but muscular body, thick coat, and purple tongues. These dogs can weigh up to seventy pounds and can be called an “all-purpose” breed. That means they can hunt, guard, protect, and work.
The catch with the Chow Chow is that they are not the smartest meaning training can be quite a challenge.
According to some, the Saluki is one of the oldest dog breeds. Its ancestors were the sighthounds, which were known to hunt by sight instead of scent like other breeds. The sighthounds were popularly used in the B.C. era and hunted alongside nomadic tribes.
With its hunting capabilities and speed up to 43 miles per hour, the Saluki is priced at an average of $2,500.
Cats aren’t the only domesticated animal with a hairless breed because the Peruvian Hairless Dog exists! Alright, it’s not totally hairless because it has a few strands scattered on its head. This breed is small and goes back to the Incan Dynasty. Sources say that these dogs are pretty important in Peru.
These pups live for at least eleven years while their weight stops at 26 pounds. They are lively, affectionate, and alert – perfect for families!
The Neapolitan Mastiff or Mastino is a large breed characterized by its wrinkly face. They originated from Rome and was bred to defend their family along with their properties. Although they look pretty intimidating and aggressive, they really aren’t, especially if they were trained to socialize at an early age.
The Akita is a large dog that originated in the mountains of Northern Japan. Males weighing up to 130 pounds, these dogs were used to guard and protect the Japanese royal family which probably explains that hefty $4,500 price tag. Out of all the Japanese dog breeds, they are the most respected.
The Pharaoh Hound originated from the Maltese Islands and was used for rabbit hunting. Their traditional name is Kelb-tal-Fenek (translating to “dog of the rabbit”) but is nicknamed “The Blushing Dog” because of its unique color.
As for their personality, the Pharaoh Hounds get along with other dogs but are known to be mean with dogs of the same gender or those that are smaller than them.
Portuguese Water Dog
If you know of the Obama Family then you probably know their dog, Bo. He is a Portuguese Water Dog.
This breed is a working dog in Portugal and is hypoallergenic. They live up to fifteen years and males can weigh up to sixty pounds. The Portuguese Water Dog is intelligent and loves to cuddle, making them a great fit with families.
The Shetland Collie or commonly known as the Sheltie originated from Scotland. They are experts at herding livestock.
Blue Nose Pitbull
The Blue-Nose Pitbull is a rare type of Pitbull and is part of the terrier category. Its silver coat and facial structure are caused by a recessive gene. Very much like other Pitties, they are active and require lots of exercise if you don’t want them chewing on your things.
Next comes the hair commercial dog, the Afghan Hound or Tazi Spay, or Sag-e Tazi. If they are in the same park as you are, they are pretty easy to spot. Just look for their long, thick, silky hair! This breed was made to survive the cold in the Afghan mountains and come in black, red, and cream.
They can reach up to twenty-nine inches (on all fours) and can live up to fourteen years.
Pembroke Welsh Corgi
The Internet’s favorite pup, the Corgi. Well, we’re talking about one of them which is the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. They are known to be great herders and have a lifespan of at least twelve years. Their distinct features are short legs, big triangular ears, and wiggly butts!
The Thai Ridgeback is one of the newer breeds in the list. It can reach up to two feet in height and can weigh up to 55 pounds. Although they have a pretty short coat, these dogs are not hypoallergenic. This breed has been established as a guard dog but in reality, they are very good with families!
The Spinone Italiano was bred from Italy, as you may have guessed. They were made to be a gun dog because of its versatility in both hunting and retrieving. Breeders since 500 B.C. have been commending their loyalty and alert temperament.
The adorable Maltese is known for its long coat of white hair. They are on the lighter end of the scale by rarely surpassing nine pounds. However, this toy breed can live up to fifteen years!
They are fearless, playful and most of all, affectionate.
With their big eyes and smushed faces, the Pug has captured the hearts of many! They are one of the friendliest (even with kids) breeds around. Besides their cuteness, they are also known to be emotionally responsive, loyal, and mischievous.
This mischief has testaments going back to ancient China where they wreaked havoc by running around in court.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
The short-haired, muscular Staffordshire Bull Terrier is an extremely active and social breed that originated in England. These pups were usually seen in dog fights back when it was still legal in Britain. All around, they make good companions in and out of the house!
The Yorkshire Terrier or “Yorkie” is known for being bold, intelligent, and fierceness. They originated in England and their most distinctive feature is their silky-smooth coat.