Seven of the Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World

Posted on September 9th, 2013 in Dog Breeds, Dogs, Pet Information

For years, people have been breeding dogs in order to create qualities that are appealing to humans and their needs. Some dogs are bred to hunt, others are bred to be shepherds and some were bred to be cute, toy-sized companions. Each variation has it’s value, and with that value comes a price tag, from $100 to a whopping $7,000.

Dog’s are man’s best friend, but sometimes, man’s best friend doesn’t come cheap, especially if you’re looking for top of the line, pure-bred pedigrees. Here’s a list of the top seven rarest, most expensive dog breeds in the world.


Bred for hundreds of years by Siberian nomadic reindeer herders, the Samoyed is considered one of the most friendly, yet expensive dog breeds in the world, averaging for about $11,000 a pup.  In some circles, these dogs are a symbol of status and wealth. The Samoyed are excellent companions for kids, have human-like expressions and are very perceptive, earning them a spot on this list.

English Bulldog

The English Bulldog is probably one of the most popular and lovable pets in both Europe and North America. Although willful at times, they make excellent playmates for children. They’re also very lovable, and prefer the attention of a loved one rather than playing fetch. Their charisma makes this an adorable, yet expensive pet, costing about $9000.

Tibetan Mastiff

Even it’s name exudes a regal sound. The Tibetan Mastiff is among the rarest breeds in the world, costing an average of $7000. Hailing from the mountains of south central asia between northern India and Southeast China, the Tibetan Mastiff is known to be very easy-going with family members, but confrontational in tough situations. It’s considered a guard dog, sleeping throughout the day to be more alert at night. Mastiff owners tend to import these dogs from Tibet due to the lack of Mastiff breeders in North America. Import and export costs usually hike up Mastiff prices.

Pharaoh Hound

Although no link to ancient Egypt, the pharaoh hound are extremely intelligent, independent and stubborn. It’s slender, have very little body fat and are amazing jumpers. These dogs are so esteemed in the Mediterranean that pharaoh dog has become the national dog of Malta. Their smarts earned them a place on this list, with a cost of $6,500.

Bearded Collie

A bearded collie is a high maintenance dog with equally high energy levels, thus, making them the perfect house pet. Temperament varies with sex, males tend to be more submissive while females more dominant. Their long fur and docility makes them all the more valuable, with a price tag of $5,000.


Hailing from the island nation of Japan, the Akita is a strong, dominant and independent breed with a gentle spirit. Most notably a hunting dog, the Akita emerged out of Japan from centuries of cross breeding. Their hunting finesse earns them a mention in the list of the most expensive dogs in the world, averaging for $4,500.


The Saluki is known to be one of the oldest dog breeds in the world. Hailing from centuries of breeding in Ancient Egypt, the Saluki was crossed with other dog variations in order to shape them to be attractive, thin and fast, perfect for chasing. Rarity earns them a place on this list, averaging $2500.

Most of the these breeds are locally bred in North America, which means that they can be easily purchased without import or export fees. Interestingly enough, because of the technology of our times, most breeders now take credit cards which can actually help you afford the pet of your dreams. Just make sure to use credit card comparison tools like this site to ensure you have a good interest rate before you swipe that card.

Whether you plan on buying one of these breeds or not, one thing is certain, they’re lovable, docile and wonderful companions.

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