Man’s best friend doesn't always come free. In fact, some are willing to pay in the thousands for certain types of dogs, even breeds that are fairly easy to obtain. Though costs will vary based on location and breeder, these 10 breeds often have the highest average price tag.
10. Irish Wolfhound ($1,500 to $2,000) DragoNika via Shutterstock
Two thousand dollars might seem a small price to pay for the tallest of dogs, also known for a commanding appearance. Irish Wolfhounds are known for their athletic ability, especially in endurance running. And of course, there is an Irish proverb to describe their personality: “Gentle when stroked, fierce when provoked.”
9. Saluki ($2,500) foaloce via Shutterstock
Salukis look thin and graceful, but possess impressive strength and endurance. The sight hound is a great hunter, lure courser and show dog, and can appear smooth or coated with feathering on the legs, in a variety of colors.
8. Pharaoh Hound ($2,500 to $6,500) Lenkadan via Shutterstock
As regal as its name implies, the Pharaoh Hound is “graceful, powerful, and, above all, fast.” But they’re also eager to please, making them great at hunting, obedience, and lure coursing. Most unique is the Pharaoh Hound’s “blush”: its nose and ears turn a deep rose color when it is happy or excited.
7. Akita ($1,500 to $4,500) Botond Horvath via Shutterstock
Akitas originated in Japan but today can be found all over the world as successful show and therapy dogs. They have thick coats, plush tails and a powerful build, along with a dignified and courageous personality.
6. Tibetan Mastiff ($2,200 to $7,000) Sergey Lavrentev via Shutterstoc
The massive Tibetan Mastiff displays a “noble bearing” and a royal price tag to go with it. It is an aloof and watchful breed, with an immense double coat and a kind expression. But the breed’s dignified personality can also translate into a reluctance to participate in organized activities like obedience.
5. Rottweiler ($2,000 to $8,000) Ammit Jack via Shutterstock
Rottweilers are as multi-talented as they are robust and powerful. The intelligent, patient breed often works as a police dog, herder, service dog, therapy dog, or obedience competitor. But Rottweilers are also protective and self-confident, making them excellent companions.
4. Lowchen ($5,000 to $8,000) mkabroad via Flickr
Löwchen means “little lion” in German, a fitting name for this small dog with an impressive mane of hair and talent for agility. The breed is often given a “lion” trim, too: clipped close to the skin at the hindquarters, with cuffs of hair around the ankles and a plumed tail.
3. Chow Chow ($3,000 to $8,500) ccfabulous via Flickr
This powerful and sturdy Arctic breed used to be a working dog, but today can mostly be found as a companion and in shows. Not surprising, considering its “lion-like” appearances, immense coat and uniquely blue or black tongue.
2. English Bulldog ($2,500 to $9,000) WilleeCole via Shutterstock
This jowly breed is known for its “loose-jointed, shuffling gait and massive, short-faced head”. Bulldogs are lovable and gentle, though often unaware of their size. Based on its continued placement on the AKC’s list of most popular dogs in the U.S., many are willing to pay top dollar for this chubby companion.
1. Samoyed ($4,000 to $11,000) Abramova Kseniya via Shutterstoc
Bright and alert, with a weather-resistant coat, Samoyeds excel at agility, herding, weight pulling, sledding, pack hiking, and conformation shows, among many others. But the Samoyed’s premium price could also be due to its looks: a coat that ranges from pure white to biscuit, and black lips that curl into a well-known “Samoyed smile”.