7 Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World
As the world commemorates National Puppy Day, it’s again time to celebrate the unconditional love that dogs bring to the lives of many people around the world. Although most pet owners won’t mind whatever dog breed they own, it should also be noted that some breeds are more expensive than others especially when it comes to rare ones. Here are the seven most expensive dog breeds in the world:
1. Pharaoh Hound - $7,500
Believed to originate from Egypt wherein they assisted pharaohs in hunting gazelle and other wildlife, it’s not surprising that the Pharaoh Hound is one of the most expensive dog breeds in the world. They eventually made their way to Malta wherein there are now named as the country’s national dog. It is also understood that this breed has changed very little in its 5,000-year existence, retaining a genetic makeup (short hair, pointy ears, slender bodies) that is very unique compared to other breeds.
The 5-foot tall full size Pharaoh Hound can live between 11 and 14 years but are very sensitive to stress which can result in severe neurotic and digestive issues. These issues can mostly result in treatments of up to $1,500.
2. Canadian Eskimo Dog - $8,750
One of the rarest dogs in the world, the Canadian Eskimo or the Canadian Inuit dog originated from Siberia 1,000 years ago but has seen its numbers rapidly decrease in the past century. Part of the decline has been mostly due to the killings done by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in which they have killed more than 20,000 dogs between 1950 and 1970.
Aside from the decline, these dogs are prone to numerous disorders including gastric torsion, entropion, health intolerance, and arthritis. They are also very territorial, making them difficult companions for families and children.
3. Rottweiler - $9,000
Although a Rottweiler puppy doesn’t cost much when purchased from a responsible breeder, caring for one can be very expensive. The Rottweiler is known to be a sickly breed, susceptible to almost every single disease or condition for dogs, especially when it comes to hip and joint issues. It has been reported that Rottweiler owners pay around $300 annually on dog insurance and even more for a claim.
Nonetheless, Rottweilers are great family companions due to their affectionate and obedient personas. They are also one of the earliest police dogs with the breed assisting local enforcement units as early as the 19th century.
4. Azawakh - $9,500
The Azawakh is named after the Azawakh Valley in the Sahara Desert where it originated from. Considered as distant cousins to the Middle Eastern and South Indian hounds, this breed recently came into light in 2019 as it only dwells in some areas in the African region.
Unlike the Rottweiler, the Azawakh is a generally healthy breed living and can live up to 15 years. It is also a hunting dog, meaning it can quickly recover from diseases and only suffer from a handful of hereditary conditions such as epilepsy. These high-energy dogs are great for households as well but need to be secured when visitors are in the vicinity as they can be very protective.
5. Tibetan Mastiff - $10,000
The Tibetan Mastiff isn’t just one of the most expensive dog breeds but also one of the largest. A full grown male can stand up to 26 inches tall and weigh as much as 160 pounds while a female Mastiff measures 24 inches tall and weighs up to 125 pounds. Originating from the Chinese region of Tibet, this massive guard dog is unsurprisingly territorial and is best owned as a companion against predators such as wolves and bears rather than a companion for children.
Unfortunately, Tibetan Mastiffs are considered an endangered species due to their dwindling number but the Chinese government has made an effort to preserve the majestic beasts over the years. These dogs can also live up to 15 years and rarely suffer from severe conditions except for hip dysplasia and hypothyroidism.
6. Lowchen - $12,000
Translated to “lion dog”, Lowchens are one of the cutest dog breeds around today. This tiny breed originated in France during the 16th century but nearly went extinct in the 1970s where its number dwindled to less than 65. Although the number has steadily grown since then, only 300 Lowchens exist in the world making them a very rare breed.
The Lowchen dog breed essentially got its name from its looks as its hair pattern resembles a lion’s mane. Hair also doesn’t grow at the back of its body making it the perfect representation of a lion in a miniature dog’s body. Despite their expensive value, Lowchens are similar to other unique small dog breeds in terms of being low maintenance and having a long lifespan (13 to 15 years).
7. Samoyed - $14,000
The Samoyed is the most expensive dog breed in the world. Although owners won’t spend $14,000 upfront when purchasing this breed, regular vet bills will easily pile up the costs as Samoyed are prone to numerous health issues. Corneal dystrophy, autoimmune conditions, and cardiac disorders are common in Samoyeds which can set owners back to as much as $5,000.
Costs aside, the Samoyed dog breed is one of the best dogs one can own in any household. Their kind and loving nature as well as their fluffy coat make them perfect partners for both children and senior adults. They also live long lives if taken care of, living up to 14 years with a healthy diet and regular checkups.
It’s not surprising that some dogs are very expensive considering their rarity and health problems, but this likely won’t stop pet owners from purchasing expensive puppies as long as they grow up and bring happiness and love to the entire family.