Dogs are undoubtedly man’s best friend. We really couldn’t imagine a world without them as our furry companions. The AKC (American Kennel Club) magazine lists 190 recognized dog breeds, and the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) lists 360 recognized breeds. So, of course, there are plenty of dogs out there to choose from.
Many dogs come from areas you might not expect to begin with. Did you know that the Shih Tzu originates from Tibet, while Labradors come from Newfoundland? We love every breed of dog. But have you ever wondered which dogs are considered the most valuable? You might even be surprised at some of the dogs you see on this list…
5. Azawakh – $9,500
The “Azawakh” is considered a fairly new breed, fully recognized only in 2019. This breed comes from West Africa, where it was traditionally used as a hunting dog. They are related to both Middle Eastern and South Indian Gund breeds.
Although this breed is not yet widespread outside the state, its popularity is increasing. They are a great breed as they recover very well from injuries and rarely have hereditary issues. On a diet of good-quality food and daily exercise, your Azawakh can live between 12-15 years and will certainly make a great furry pal!
4. Tibetan Mastiff – $10,000
Mastiffs originated from Tibet and served the purpose of protecting sheep from various predators. They are a very large pup at over 150 lbs. They can really stand up to dangerous animals like leopards and bears.
The breed slowly declined as owners struggled to care for this amazing breed. A dog that will protect your family in the blink of an eye, they are often prone to hereditary issues such as hip dysplasia and eye abnormalities.
3. Chow Chow – $11,000
Originating in Northern China, the Chow Chow is one of the oldest and least common dog breeds in the world. Super expensive to buy, even more so to keep. You will have to spend big on food, treatment, veterinary care, grooming, and any health issues your Chow Chow may have.
They need a lot of exercise and, of course, the opposite sex. The lifespan of a Chow Chow is approximately 8-12 years, but it can be longer if well cared for.
2. Löwchen – $12,000
The “Löwchen” is often called the “little lion dog” because of its appearance. It has been famous for hundreds of years and comes from France. The special thing about this dog is that the breed has become ultra-rare. In 1973, there were only 65 recorded in the world, and today there are more, but only 300 recorded worldwide.
Dogs are very talkative and love to be active and playful, making them a perfect family dog. They are a breed that needs a lot of attention, so if you don’t have the time, this dog really isn’t for you. This breed is particularly healthy, so it won’t bankrupt you with maintenance fees, just the initial purchase fee. They usually live to a good old age and an average of 13-15 years.
1. Samoyed – $14,000
The Samoyed is the most expensive dog in the world! That will set you back $14,000 to buy one. The breed of dog originated from Siberia and is famous for its nurturing nature. They are sweet, friendly, and eager to please their owners. They are always joyful and happy.
You have to make sure they are always on the leash because they often feel like running and covering miles. An intelligent, social dog, they are also attention seekers. This breed is a great family dog and will fit perfectly into any family.
The downside to this pup is that they have racked up huge vet bills for many health issues. Treatment for issues such as corneal dystrophy, autoimmune conditions, and various cardiac disorders can cost almost $5,000.
Of course, the dogs on this list are rare, and this is what drives their price the most. As there are many dogs in need of rescue, we recommend adoption first. But if you want to go for an expensive dog (one on this list), make sure you’re well prepared!