Now, you can’t put a price on friendship, but you’ll have to shell out a hefty amount to bring these 10 expensive dog breeds home!
Akitas are a large spitz breed of dog from the mountainous northern regions of Japan and can cost anywhere from $1500 to $4500. There are two types: Akita Inus (from Japan) that come in few colors and American, which have many more colors. They are a strong and independent breed and are aloof with strangers, but they are very affectionate with family members. So they’re basically the Mean Girls of dogs.
9. Bearded Collies
With the adorable nickname of “Beardies,” they were primarily used by Scottish Shepherds. They are a really popular family dog all across the world and can cost up to $5000. They require a lot of maintenance because of their long, soft hair. These guys are easily the cutest divas on the planet?
8. Pharaoh Hounds
While this breed has been speculated to come from Egypt, they are actually the national hound of the Mediterranean nation of Malta. Based on DNA analysis, these $2500 – $6500 dogs have no actual link to Ancient Egypt. They have the cutest human-like feature ever: their nose blushes when they are excited!
7. Tibetan Mastiffs
This ancient breed originated with the nomadic cultures of Tibet, China, Nepal, Ladakh, and Central Asia. Recently this breed gained world fame when an incredibly rare, bright red Tibetan Mastiff was sold for a whopping $1.5 million, but they typically sell for anywhere from $2200 – $7000. They are great guardian dogs and have no problem confronting predators the size of wolfs and leopards. They like to sleep during the day in order to be more active, alert, and aware at nighttime. Clearly these guys are my spirit animal because we’re both natural nightowls.
These dogs were used primarily to herd livestock and pull carts before they became a popular, incredibly expensive family dog. Priced between $2000 – $8000, they are now some of the best trainable dogs and are used for search and rescue, guide dogs, and police dogs. Contrary to their scary size, they are actually really good-natured and placid. They are extremely obedient and eager to please. They are the expensive gentle giants of dogs everywhere.
5. Chow Chows
This furry fellas originated in northern China and their name translates to “Puffy-Lion Dog.” As one of the oldest recognizable dog breeds, they ring in at anywhere between $3000-8000. They make great pets and are fiercely protective of their owners. They create deep bonds with their entire family, though they are known to pick a favorite. Sucks to suck!
4. English Bulldogs
With their adorable squishy faces, these guys are considered incredibly kind and resolute. These $2500 – $9000 furry friends are courageous, but not vicious or aggressive, which makes them well known for being great family dogs. They can get so attached to their humans, that they are famed for never running away from home. They are super cuddly too — but with folds like that, you probably could have guessed that.
Aside from being the cutest, cloud-like dogs on the planet, these guys are super friendly, which makes them kind of shitty guard dogs. They do like to bark a lot, which makes them pretty decent watch dogs, which can maybe justify their $4000 – $11000 price tag. They love little kids because they have a ton of energy and are incredibly playful late into old age. I am getting tired just thinking about it.
2. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
These litter guys are especially popular in England. Marked at a price up to $14000, maybe it’s because the Euro is so strong. They adapt quickly to families and are great around other dogs. Because of their size and temperament, they are great companion dogs for the elderly, or the exceptionally lazy like your’s truly.
1. German Shepherds
Ringing in at #1 is the german shepherd. At up to $24000, these dogs have the highest learning capacity to be trained beyond any other dog. They are known for their ability to be rescue dogs, drug sniffers, police dogs, and guidance dogs. They are super active and eager to learn, so owning one requires a lot of attention and time to train them, as they get restless when not given a purpose. Their high intellect lends them to be wary of strangers, but are incredibly protective of their family. A prestigious training academy in Germany sells these pups at $24000. You know, the price of a mid-sized sedan.