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The 10 most expensive dog breeds in the world

There are amazingly many great and also expensive dog breeds. The cost of a dog can vary greatly. Some dog breeds are particularly sought after because of their appearance, rarity or characteristics. That lets the prices partly up into five-digit ranges or even rise higher.

Of course, the price of a dog depends not only on the breed, but also on the age, the pedigree, as well as the breeder, health and sometimes special training or prizes won. Also from country to country the cost can be quite different.

We now show you the 10 most expensive dog breeds in the world. So be curious!

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10. Akita

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Originating from Japan, the Akita Inu is considered an independent dog that requires some experience in dog handling. It has a dense coat, thick triangular ears and carries its tail curled. Currently, there is a great demand for this breed, but not very many serious breeders. That is why the prices for an Akita, as well as for other Japanese Spitz-like breeds, are relatively high, in numbers usually between 1500 and 4000 euros.

9. German Shepherd Dog

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The German Shepherd is a true classic, which is often used as a service dog, for example, by the police. Due to its distinct learning ability, the strong and persistent dog is often trained as a search dog, for example. The better his training, the higher his price, of course. For individual adult, well-trained dogs, prices are sometimes demanded up to the five-digit range.

8. Rottweiler


Due to its strong body and self-confident nature, the Rottweiler is well suited as a service or protection dog. If he enjoys a correspondingly good education, he is also quite suitable as a family dog. If puppies of an average breed are sold at "normal" prices starting at about 1500 Euros, a well-trained Rottweiler, which has already passed examinations, costs significantly more.


7. Chow Chow

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The fuzzy Chow-Chow with its characteristic bluish tongue comes in two coat lengths and various coat colors from black to cream, but always solid. This very old dog breed, originally from China, is considered headstrong (some describe it as stubborn) and can serve well as a guard dog, for example. However, many Chow-Chow owners also keep them for their bear-like appearance. But beware: the Chow-Chow is not a playful cuddler and definitely not a dog for beginners. He needs education, respect for his independent character and coat care. With respectable breeders the prices for a Chow-Chow often start at 2000 Euro. With prize-winning parents, they can sometimes rise to 8000 euros.

6. Samoyed

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The Samoyed is a Russian-born Spitz species that is also used as a sled dog. He also needs a lot of training and exercise. Characteristic of this medium-sized dog is its soft, thick coat, which can have different light color variations. However, the most sought-after are pure white animals from old Siberian breedings, which can cost accordingly up to 9000 euros. Other types of Spitz, which are more suitable as family dogs, such as the Pomeranian Dwarf Spitz, currently enjoy great popularity.

5. Eskimo dog

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The Eskimo dog is another representative of the breeds used as sled dogs. In their homeland among the Inuit, however, they were also used for other work such as hunting and guarding. They are very rare in this country and hard to get, so they are correspondingly expensive. It must be said that due to their adaptation to arctic areas and their urge to work and move, they are also not suitable as a residential or simple family dog.

4. Saluki

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The Saluki, originating from Persia (as well as other special sighthound breeds, e.g. the African Azawakh), also belong to the most expensive dog breeds. The fast sight hunters are considered to be calm, sensitive and very elegant. For a puppy you pay at the breeder from 2500 euros. If the parents come from famous Arabian breeding lines, it can be 10000 euros and more.

3. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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At about 30 cm tall, the handsome Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is the smallest in this list. He is a cheerful dog, which is usually not very difficult to train and is well suited as a family dog. Unfortunately, since breeding in the last centuries was mainly focused on his cute appearance, there are many breeding/hereditary diseases. You can find Cavalier King Charles puppies starting at 1500 Euros. Because of the danger to buy a dog with hereditary defects, you should go to a premium breeder if you are interested in this breed. Here you have the biggest chance to get a vital dog because of numerous health examinations. Price-wise one must pay then however also clearly more. One hears of prices up to 14000 euros.
Also the crossing of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with a Poodle ("Cavapoo") belongs at present to gladly bought and according to the demand high priced dogs. In this case, however, it is not possible to speak of a real pedigree dog. Such mixtures are often called hybrid dog breeds (cf. Labradoodle).

2. Pharao dog

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Originating from Malta, this elegant hunting dog, whose noble appearance is reminiscent of the Egyptian god Anubis, is considered an ancestor of the Spanish Podencos, which, like the Pharaoh's Hound, are also used for hunting rabbits. He has short smooth coat in reddish tones, light pigments, prick ears and a long muzzle. He is a fast runner and has an overall graceful appearance. Since the recognized pedigree dog is really very rare, prices of 6000 euros are not uncommon.

1. Tibet Mastiff

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Number 1 in the list of the most expensive dog breeds in the world is occupied here by the Tibetan Mastiff, also called Tibetan Mastiff or Do Khyi. The guard dog breed from the Himalayas appears lion-like majestic due to its size and strength as well as its imposing dense coat. Especially specimens bred in Tibetan monasteries as guard dogs fetch very high prices and are considered a kind of status symbol by wealthy Asians. A few years ago, a Tibetan Mastiff male changed hands for the unbelievable amount of about 1.4 million Euros.


Ultimately, the true value of a dog is not determined by its breed or purchase price, but by its temperament. There are many interesting dog breeds and it is nice to have a special dog. However, one should never consider a sentient being as a status symbol. 

If you want to use a dog for a special service, it may make sense to purchase a high-priced dog of a very specific breed and breeding.

But one should not forget that also in the animal shelters many four-legged friends are waiting for a nice home!

Written by Claudia Weise
Written by Claudia Weise

I am an editor at hundeo and when it comes to dogs, my heart beats faster. My goal is to publish the best dog guides on the web. There is a lot of passion in every article and I am happy about every feedback to constantly improve our content.

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