Curious about the breeds of dog that can cost the most buck? While the value and expenses associated with a certain breed of dog will vary drastically depending upon your location, the dog's familial history and the type of reputable breeder you use, there are certain breeds that continuously come out on top-with one recent purchase costing over a million dollars!
We know the unconditional love a dog gives us is priceless; however; here's a look at the most expensive dog breeds.
1. German ShepherdCost: $3,000 - $24,000
A breed that's both intelligent and versatile, the German Shepherd was originally developed to guard and herd flocks of sheep but today makes for an ideal companion and, among other things, police, guard, war and search-and-rescue dog. Because of their versatility and skill set, a well-trained German Shepherd can be a costly expense. The breed is a devoted family dog but can be protective and suspicious towards strangers and other dogs.
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2. English Bulldog
Cost: $2,500 - $9,000
Originally used during the 19th century in England for bull baiting, Bulldogs exhibit courageousness and ferocious tenacity. With a clownish and amiable personality, Bulldogs have become popular companion dogs and are now among the most popular breeds in the United States. Known for its affinity for sleeping and eating, Bulldogs require little more than a daily walk. Because of their short muzzles, the breed is prone to breathing problems among other health-related issues, making them a more expensive choice than other breeds.
Image: Lenkadan/via Shutterstock 3. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Cost: $1,000 - $14,000
Named in honor of King Charles II of England, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has been considered a fashionable lap dog and family companion since the 17th century. Easygoing and friendly, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels thrive in both the city and the country and require regular grooming.
The royal dog of Egypt, Salukis are among the oldest known breeds of domesticated dog, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC). Used by Arabs to track and bring down gazelle, Salukis were brought to England in the 1800s and used as a hunting dog. Their graceful appearance and endurance in the field make them popular both in the show ring and in coursing events. Salukis require a strong hand in training and, because of their tendency to chase game, should be kept on a leash or in a fenced area during daily exercise, according to the AKC.
Cost: $4,000 - $11,000
Bred for pulling sleds and herding, Samoyeds are hardy dogs that have been used on sled teams since the early 20th century. With a wide mouth that curls up to make it look like its always smiling, Samoyeds are equally popular with dog fanciers, because of their glossy, refined appearance. A loving and playful breed that gets along well with its family, Samoyeds can be overprotective at times and are also known to be a bit stubborn, so it's important to socialize them early and have a firm hand in training.
PardoY/via Shutterstock6. Akita
Cost: $1,500 - $4,500
Revered as a symbol of good health, the Akita is known as the Great Japanese Dog. Originally bred as a guard dog, the Akita was also used for fighting and hunting during the breed's history and continues to be used as a guard and police dog in Japan. A good and loyal watchdog, Akitas are loving and gentle to their owners but can be aggressive and territorial toward strangers.
7. Chow Chow
Cost: $3,000 - $8,500
An ancient breed that dates back to around 300 B.C., Chow Chows are thought to have originated in China and served as hunting, birding and guard dogs. A medium-sized dog with a large head and round muzzle, the Chow Chow is recognizable by their blue-black tongue and lion-like coat. Loyal to their owners and prized by dog fanciers for their regal appearance, Chow Chows are truly a unique breed.
8. Tibetan Mastiff
Cost: $2,200 - $7,000
Though it is thought to be one of the most influential and ancient dog breeds, the history of the Tibetan Mastiff remains a mystery. While some function as livestock protectors, most Tibetan Mastiffs are kept as family guardians and companions. A large, strong breed with a massive head, thick coat and long, bushy tail, the rareness of the Tibetan Mastiffs can drive up their prices. In 2011, a Tibetan Mastiff by the name of "Big Splash" was sold for an astounding 1.5 million dollars by a Chinese businessman, making it the most expensive dog ever sold.
Cost: $2,000 - $8,000
A descendant of ancient Roman cattle dogs, Rottweilers are used today as police, military and companion dogs. Powerful with a large build and a 'blocky' head, the Rottweiler makes an excellent guard dog and loyal family pet. It can be overly aggressive to strangers and other animals, though, and needs proper socialization and training from a young age.
Lenkaden/via Shutterstock10. Egyptian Pharaoh Hound
Cost: $2,500 - $6,500
Another one of the oldest domesticated dogs in history, the Pharaoh Hound is thought to have originated in Egypt as far back as 3000 B.C., according to the AKC. A medium-sized dog with a coat that can range from tan to chestnut to red golden, Pharaohs have a unique "blush" in which their nose and ears turn a deep rose color with excitement. Used today for hunting, obedience and lure coursing, Egyptian Pharaoh Hounds are friendly, playful and intelligent family members. Their athleticism also requires regular exercise, particularly in a fenced-in area to prevent them from chasing after small game.
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