A dog is a man’s best friend. Often, a woman’s too.  A pet can be a companion, a friend, a perfect cure for many problems of the mind. Many therapists subscribe to the view that pets can be therapeutic in nature and kids growing up with them are likely to have a healthier childhood. Dogs are one of the most intelligent and loyal kinds of pet. They can be playful, brave and faithful and almost like a family member. But there are no free lunches in life. Neither are their dogs. While many animal lovers encourage adopting homeless dogs, many owners want to pick their pet with specific characteristics in mind. The rarer a breed, the more they cost. But some people may be willing to pay the moolah for a companion of their choice. Here’s a list of the most expensive of breeds of dogs.

10 Most Expensive Dog Breeds In The World

Saluki

The figure of the Egyptian sphinx cat may be the one lasting image of an exotic animal from the land. The country known for its history of worshipping cats, however, also has an expensive breed of dog to its name, Saluki, the Royal Dog of Egypt. Escorts for pharaohs, companion to silk merchants, they are hunters by sight. They are one of the oldest breed of domesticated dogs but the fact that they’ve been around for so long has not diminished their price. These dogs are a little aloof and tend to be independent, so they might not be for everybody. Tall and lanky, though difficult to train, they can also be gentle and sensitive. They get bored easily and should not be left by themselves for long periods of time. Once accustomed to their owners, they combine the characteristics of the fierce hunter dog and the gentle companion effortlessly. Priced at approximately 2,500 dollars, they sure are worth a king’s ransom.

 

Pharaoh hound

This one’s a misnomer. Despite its name that suggests otherwise, a Pharaoh Hound is not an Egyptian breed. But they are regal. The national dog of Malta, they pack a great deal because they are cute as well as athletic. Eager to please and outdoorsy, they can be trained for hunting or to just be a fun companion at Frisbee. They are ideal for obedience training and lure coursing because they are generally very keen on making their owners happy. They have a special characteristic which is their most unique and endearing quality. They blush! Their nose and ears can turn scarlet, if they are happy or excited. But priced at around 6,500 dollars at an average, they are massive pinch to the pocket.

 

Tibetan Mastiff

If cats can boast of being related to the Royal Tigress, the Tibetan Mastiff at first glance may come across as a smaller, furrier cousin to a lion. Originally belonging to the mountainous regions of Nepal and China they are strong willed and independent, like their appearance suggests. Not the easiest dog to train, they are in great demand despite that. While they are bred in the United States too, pure breeds have to be imported from Nepal. In 2013, a red Mastiff was sold for a whopping 1.9 million dollar. At an average, their prices are around 7,000 dollars.

 

Lowchen

Lowchen literally means ‘the little lion’ in German. Originally escorts to royalty in medieval France and Germany, these dogs are adorable to look at. They are not very different from other toy breeds, but purebreds are extremely difficult to come by and therefore very highly priced. They are more companion dogs than hunters. They love their owners, especially children and are at their happiest when indulged, indulging their masters in return with their affectionate playfulness. A little bigger than other toy breeds, they need physical grooming because of their exuberant fur in addition to the cost of buying them which is 3,000 dollars at the least. Their hair is normally clipped closely on their hind quarters and left to grow out more fully in front in those endearing bangs that almost fall on their eyes.

 

Akita

Akitas were made popular by the heartbreaking story of Hachiko, which explains why their loyalty has become so well known. There are two breeds of this dog, originally from Japan, the Japanese Akita and the American Akita. While difficult to tell apart, a purebred Japanese Akita is more expensive than its American counterpart, especially when sold outside Japan. They are accustomed to cold climates and have a coat similar to other Spitz dogs. They are very territorial and protective about their owners and not very receptive to strangers. They are also almost feline in their love for cleanliness, making sure to clean themselves as well as their companion after meals. They can be homely and calm with their owners and therefore make good companion dogs for the elderly as well. Dignified and loyal, they are excellent therapy dogs. They are priced at an average of 4,500 dollars.

 

Samoyed

They were originally bred by the Samoyedic tribe in Siberia as reindeer herders. They were also used to pull sleds, even though they are smaller than other sled-pulling dogs. They are athletic and alert, also highly competitive and love exercise. In addition, their friendly disposition and heart warming, well known Samoyed smile is endearing to dog lovers all over the world. They may not make the best guard dogs but their hair known to have hypoallergic properties which combined with their loving nature can make them the ideal companion to sensitive children. They can cost up to 10,000 dollars ordinarily.

 

Peruvian Inca Orchid

You’d be hard pressed to tell whether or not they are dogs at first glance. Completely hairless except for the tufts of fur on their head and tails, these dogs are high maintenance along with being highly priced. Elephant grey in colour, although they can also be brown, they are not suited to cold climates because of their obvious lack of coat. Investing in doggie coats and jumpers are a good idea. While a hairless dog may seem easy to care for, they are more difficult to maintain in reality because their unprotected skin is more prone to pathogens and dirt. It can also get dry and cracked very easily while the pores clog up too. They also require protection from the sunlight and its harmful radiation. Thus, they are mostly indoor dogs. They cost around 3,000 dollars at an average.

 

Rottweiler

Hollywood’s favourite, Rottweilers are intelligent, loyal and robust—basically the entire package. Originally used as pulling dogs, they earned the nickname of ‘butcher’s dogs’ because they were used by butchers to pull heavy cartloads of meat. Their multiple talents however have earned them a number of jobs in the recent years. They are the favourite police and service dogs and also the best for therapy. While they have earned a reputation for being strong and aggressive, principally because of their predominance among police dogs, they can also be gentle and caring. They are obedient and protective and are therefore ideal for little children as companions when they are growing up. Alert, self confident and faithful, they are excellent companions to people of every age. It’s not surprising then that they can be priced up to 8,000 dollars on an average.

 

Chow Chow

Originally from China, their Chinese name literally means ‘puffy-lion dog.’ One of the oldest kinds of dogs, they are an Arctic breed and are hence unsuitable for more torrid climates. They are not particularly active but what they lack in athleticism, they make up for in friendliness. Mostly kept as companion dogs, they are very territorial and loving of their owners. Their happy temperament combined with their small size and immense fluffy coat make them a hit with the kids. They have a characteristically blue or black tongue. These exotic features make it an ideal companion for shows and pageants. They are usually priced at up to 8,500 dollars . This explains why they have been owned by many illustrious and rich people in the past. Sigmund Freud and Martha Stewart are known to have own dogs of this breed.

 

English Bulldog

Surprisingly, they are as popular among Americans as they are among their English owners. Americans are willing to pay as much as 9,000 dollars for a bulldog, usually. They have their characteristic appearance with the skin fold on their face. However it isn’t their appearance but their earlier use in the sport of bull baiting that has earned them their name. They are heavy weight dogs, robust and athletic. Bull headed and determined, they might need some training but they serve as excellent guard dogs once accustomed to their homes especially because of their courage. Because of their fierce loyalty, they are known to bond well with children and are excellent family pets.

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