Top 10 Most Expensive Dog Breeds

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In most cases, the old adage of “money can’t buy happiness” is true. But there are definitely exceptions. Whether you spend nickels and dimes on a shelter dog or a small fortune for an exotic breed, you will end up with a four legged friend that seriously delivers in the happiness department. While it may seem like a dog is a dog is a dog, their price tag can tell a different story. Rarity of breed, prize winning blood lines, a desired skill set, or unique physical appearance can shoot a pup’s price right through the roof. Check out the top 10 most expensive breeds as you browse the market for your next furry pal. 


If you want to add a Lowchen to your family, start saving your pennies now. A pup of this breed can set you back around $10,000!  A flowing mane has earned them the nickname of “little lion.”  Not only are they adorable and regal, but they are also featured in many a Renaissance painting. Now that’s doggone sophisticated!


Samoyeds are a true rags to riches fairytail. Originally, these pups spent their days working hard and herding reindeer in Siberia for the Samoyedic people. Now, their fluffy white coat and fun loving personalities has gained this breed a massive following. A pure bred Samoyed can cost anywhere between $8,000 and $10,000. 


You may be surprised to see this breed on the list. However, Rotties have skills and abilities that make them invaluable for search and rescue, herding, and police work. If you get a Rottweiler with an impressive pedigree and certain bloodlines, you may end up doling out around $8,000 bones. 

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Tibetan Mastiff

The Tibetan Mastiff is truly a sight to behold. This massive breed comes from, well, Tibet and can end up weighing over 150 pounds. Since they have super thick coats, these herculean hounds prefer cold climates. If you want one of these natural born guardians, plan on spending about $7,000 for a new pup. 

Pharaoh Hound

This exotic breed is the national dog of Malta. Known as Kelb tal-Fenek in its homeland, the Pharaoh Hound has a sleek coat, slender body, and pointed ears. If you need to flush out some rabbits or just want an athletic pup, this is the breed for you. But they don’t come cheap; some can fetch a price of $6,500!


A spitz dog from the beautiful mountainous regions of Japan, the Akita is a crowd pleaser. With both a serious and silly side, they know how to have a good time, but are also trusty guardians. Akitas bond well with their family, but may not take kindly to strangers. Adopt an Akita with a superior pedigree and expect to fork over around $4,500.


If you are on a tight budget, this exotic breed may not be the right fit. Since Azawahks are from Africa, they are rarely found in North America. Incredibly slender and elegant, they have been known to run up to 40 miles per hour! That’s woofin’ fast! Want one of these speed demons? That will cost you around $3,000. 

Peruvian Inca Orchid

No, this is not a rare flower, but a unique dog breed. Some are hairless with just a tuft of fur on their heads, and some come fully coated. Like their name suggests, Peruvian Inca Orchids are from Peru and have ties to pre-Inca culture. If you want to bring one of these athletic companions home, you’ll pay about $3,000. 


This impressive breed is originally from the Middle East and is sometimes referred to as the Arabian Greyhound. Long legs and lean bodies allow this pooch to run. Like really fast. They are always up for a chase and may not be the friendliest to strangers. But pay $2,500 and you’ll see just how loyal they can be to their people. 

Irish Wolfhound

Let an Irish Wolfhound into your home and your life will never be the same. Their sweet disposition and affection for their people makes you forget that this giant doggo is half the size of your house. They love being in the thick of things and feel most comfortable in cooler climates. For $2,500, you can add one to your family.