The Most Expensive Dog Breeds

Some dogs can be purchased from a local shelter or rescue center for less than $50 while others cost thousands of dollars. To determine the value of a dog a number of things would be factored in.


For instance, if a dog were offspring from a grand national champion then bloodline would be rich, making the dog more expensive. In addition, the breed of dog plays a huge role in price. When referring to dog breed, this too would be based on several things such as rarity, trainability, and even consumer demand.


Value would also be related to popularity. As an example, when Hollywood stars own a certain breed other people want to follow suit, which hikes the value of a particular breed up.


While some dog breeds remain expensive all the time, others have value that increases and decreases from year to year. In this article, we wanted to provide information about the most expensive dog breed, as well as other breeds that would be pricier than most.


Highest Priced Dogs!


Just for fun, we wanted to offer information about the most expensive dog in the world and the price a Chinese millionaire paid. In March of 2011, a red Tibetan Mastiff was purchased for $1.5 million. Although Mastiff’s of this kind are costly anyway, “Big Splash”, which translates to “Hong Dong” in Chinese as this dog was known, was bred to the highest quality. When sold at just 11 months of age, he weighed 180 pounds and stood a full three feet tall at the shoulders.


Prior to this world record purchase, the most expensive dog ever sold went for $609,000 in 2009. This dog was also a Tibetan Mastiff called Yangtze River Number Two, purchased by a Chinese woman. Although in both cases the price of the Tibetan Mastiff was outrageously high, when it comes to the most expensive dog breed there is actually one that costs more.


German Shepherd


Many people are surprised to learn that the German Shepherd is the most expensive dog breed of all. However, it is the Alsation variety that sells between $3,000 and $24,000 depending on heritage, training, markings, and other factors. Of course, the German Shepherd is an amazing guard dog, but also a breed capable of working search and rescue, as well as for law enforcement. Even with the courageous attitude, this breed is loving, extremely loyal, and a great family pet.Cavalier King Charles Spaniel


Although not listed at number one for being the most expensive dog breed, with a price tag between $1,000 and $14,000 this breed certainly comes close. This particular type of spaniel is from England and known to be a popular breed owned by royalty.




Coming in third is a breed from Siberia. The Samoyed is a beautiful dog with high intelligence and one often used for show. On average, a person would expect to pay anywhere from $4,000 to $11,000 depending primarily on bloodline.


English Bulldog


This breed also deserves to be on the list of the most expensive dog breed although it does not cost the most money. Also referred to as a British Bulldog, this breed is popular in the United Kingdom although sold around the world. Typically, the price for an English Bulldog is $2,000 to $9,000.


Chow Chow


Originating from China, the Chow, as most people say, is a strong, loyal, and smart dog with a beautiful face that resembles a bear and a blue or black tongue. For a Chow Chow with a good heritage, the price would range from $3,000 to $8,000.




The next dog we wanted to add is the Rottweiler, which unfortunately has received unfavorable ratings by people who misunderstand the breed. Although the breed is fierce and extremely loyal in protecting its family, the Rottweiler is actually smart, loving, and great with kids. However, for a purebred with good lineage, the price would be anywhere from $2,000 to $8,000.




This small breed dog is known for its flowing long hair. Often, the Lowchen is presented in Renaissance paintings and popular among nobleman. The problem is that so few dogs of this breed exist but those that do would fetch a price between $5,000 and $8,000.


Tibetan Mastiff


As mentioned above, the Tibetan Mastiff is not the most expensive dog breed although it is the breed that sold for the most money in history. On average, a quality dog would sell for $2,000 to $7,000.


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