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The 5 Most Expensive Dog Breeds


Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.

What Are the 5 Most Expensive Dog Breeds?

Just in case any of you have a lot of spare cash with which to obtain a new dog, I've created this list of the five most expensive dog breeds in the world. I did not try to rank the dogs according to which dog was most expensive since prices change according to their scarcity and popularity. A breeder in Germany is charging 20,000 Euro for a German Shepherd puppy at the time of this writing, so that dog could easily rank on the next list. Rottweilers are also expensive in Europe but have been so overbred in the US and South America that prices have fallen.

The 5 Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World

  1. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  2. English Bulldog
  3. Chow Chow
  4. Saluki
  5. Tibetan Mastiff

These spaniels have been popular with UK royalty for generations.

1. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

This cute little dog has been selected to have child-like features and a friendly personality. They have been popular among the royalty of England for hundreds of years and are still popular in the UK.

They are still uncommon and demand a higher price in the US, and since numerous health problems afflict the breed, it may stay that way. They suffer from heart disease, spinal cord problems, and can also have hip dysplasia. They have been bred to have brachycephalic features (a muzzle shorter than it is wide) and tend to have breathing problems as a result.

Although it is a spaniel, it is a toy dog and comes in four colors. My favorite are the chestnut and white dogs but they are also available in black and tan, ruby (almost all chestnut), and tricolor (black and white and tan).

2. English Bulldog

This breed of dog is expensive for a good reason. They look great but are brachycephalic so have several serious health conditions associated with their breathing. More importantly, they have abnormal pelvic structure, and since the puppies heads are so large, they often have trouble whelping. Over 80% of English Bulldogs require c-sections. They only live about 8–10 years, but when owners were surveyed in the UK, they actually reported a 6.5-year lifespan.

Bulldogs have heart disease, cancer, cherry eye, allergies, knee problems (patellar luxation), skin fold infections, and the majority of them also have problems with hip dysplasia. They are prone to obesity if they are not exercised, but since they are brachycephalic,c they overheat easily and cannot be exercised on hot days.

Some breeders are trying to select more healthy dogs but the highest prices are still gained by the dogs with short muzzles and heavy skin folds. If they stay that way, this will continue to be an expensive dog breed.

3. Chow Chow

Besides being one of the breeds that shed a lot, the chow is also one of the most expensive. They are one of the oldest dog breeds and ancestors to many modern breeds. Unfortunately, this breed is prone to several diseases like cataracts, glaucoma, entropion, diabetes, pemphigus, and hip dysplasia. They also are affected by several types of cancer like lymphoma, stomach cancer, and skin cancer.

If you decide to hand over the money and buy a chow chow, you need to be aware that your homeowner's insurance is probably going to go up. They can be great pets but have gained a reputation as aggressive dogs who are protective of their households. If you are looking for a quiet dog, however, a chow chow is a good choice.

4. Saluki

This dog is a member of the desert nobility and acts like he knows it. The Saluki is one of the oldest breeds around. They have been in Europe since the crusades but before that were found in Egypt and Arabia. They are tall, skinny, and look graceful with their feathered tails and thighs.

Why are Salukis so expensive? They almost died out in the UK during World War II but had already been recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1929. They are not a popular breed but have maintained their numbers. They are generally healthy for a purebred dog, with low rates of hip dysplasia and certain heart and skin diseases. About a third of the dogs die from cancer, however. Maybe Saluki owners like to purchase the same breed of dog each time out, and since there are so few breeders, the prices stay high.

If you want a handsome dog and are willing to put up with an aloof sighthound that might run off and chase at a moment's notice, the Saluki is an excellent dog.

Tibetan mastiffs may be the most expensive breed in the world.

5. Tibetan Mastiff

This is the most expensive dog. A wealthy industrialist in China recently purchased a red mastiff for 10 million Yuan (1.5 million US dollars)! The most expensive dog previous to this one was another Tibetan mastiff that sold for a mere $582,000 back in 2009. They make excellent guard dogs and look magnificent but . oh well.

This breed is not that expensive in the U.S. After it was recognized by the AKC, the dog was overbred and several genetic diseases were developed. Tibetan mastiffs are generally healthy and long-lived for a large breed but can be affected by hypothyroidism, skin problems, eyelid problems and cataracts, bite problems, and epilepsy. Health testing should eliminate these diseases, decrease the number of dogs available for breeding, and, since they only breed once a year, drive those prices back up where they should be. Probably not as high as those in China, however!

Now that you have had a chance to check these breeds out, aren't you just ready to run out and spend a few hundred thousand?

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© 2012 Dr Mark

Nora on May 10, 2019:

I finally found a breeder in another city and plan to buy a Cavalier King Charles a tri or Blenhim. Maybe a rescue. I dont, believe in pet stores, because of in breeding u dont know what ur getting.

Lisa Whisler on March 05, 2019:

Hocan someone please let me know how I go about finding abreeder so I can rescue or adopot a cavaliers. Can someoneplease hep me fineally find the dog I have dreamed & loved for so long.

Pam on February 04, 2018:

We have 2 Cavaliers. Wonderful dogs. Please check out Cavalier Rescue USA for adoptable dogs. One of ours came from them ( application process, etc) and she is great!!Add Your Comment...

Marymargr8 on April 05, 2017:

My KC Spaniel is 9 and she has Mitral Valve (heart) Disease and will most likely only live another 4 to 10 months. I am heartbroken. She is the sweetest, smartest, most gentle dog I've ever had. She came from a breeder that I thought was reputable, but in hindsight, I should have researched deeper.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on September 28, 2016:

Maria, CK Spaniels are not as prone to heat problems as some of the flat-faced breeds, but do be careful when introducing Thoven to his new environment. Take it slow so you both enjoy it for many years to come.

Maria on September 28, 2016:

Im going back to Philippines with my cavalier King Charles, Thoven!!!

Sherzarty on August 31, 2016:

My Cavalier had NONE of the problems that are mentioned by that vet. Her sire lived to 17, and she died of cancer at age 12. A person finds a good breeder to eliminate the health problems. I know that people have gone extremely toward rescue, and rescue is good. But if EVERYONE made sure that EVERY dog didn't breed ( that means spay or neuter), there wouldn't be unwanted pets. Most breeders are responsible, ethical people, who insist on taking their dogs back if unwanted. By the way, it's English Toys that have the breathing problems, not Cavaliers.

Dana on January 29, 2016:

I have a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and she was a rescue from a local e group. It is possible to find a pure bred dog that is in need of a home. Our Cavi, Maggie, is one of four dogs in our home and all are rescues. We love each one for it's unique personality traits. Maggie is the cuddliest most loving dog we have ever had. If you want a true lap dog get a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, but please get it from a rescue group.

lolagirl on December 08, 2015:

Breeding Cavaliers has been my sister's life's work. They are amazingly beautiful, smart and intuitive.

Krzysztof Willman from Parlin, New Jersey on February 25, 2015:

Unbelievable how much some of these breeds cost. It's like having a living gold mine in your home. Very interesting article as I'm a huge dog lover.

dismissed zebra on October 16, 2013:

Or you could go to the pound and adopt a fully vetted dog for typically 0 to 100 dollars.And it could be hands down the fuggliest mutt in the place, and by the end of the week you'll be totally smitten saying he's the best dog EVER.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on March 06, 2013:

I have a mestizo; she was free, but in this case it is not about money--she is worth a fortune, to me, of course!

John Paolo B.Magdaluyo from Philippine on March 06, 2013:

yes @Drmark indeed my dog is actually an askal and I love him so much all those work when he was younger are all worthy. In my case no money was involve but the love towards man's bestfriends are in common.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on March 06, 2013:

Hey Paolo! I think they are all worth it, even "askals". (Here we call them "vira latas", which means "trash can tipper-overs"). Thanks for commenting.

John Paolo B.Magdaluyo from Philippine on March 06, 2013:

ohhh,, that's so cute. truly great companions in life they are and those are the things that money can't buy so it's all worth it.

kitkat1141 from Ontario, Canada on March 06, 2013:

We had a tri color Cavalier King Charles Spaniel growing up, and she was a lovely family dog. Very loyal, and gentle. She lived to 15 years old. Worth every penny!!

John Paolo B.Magdaluyo from Philippine on March 06, 2013:

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel this one ! so cute but I think I should earn more to have one.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on January 27, 2013:

And I just need to get the cash together for a Saluki!

Stephanie from Canada on January 27, 2013:

Oh I know English Bulldogs are expensive but I want one so much! I owned a Chow Chow as a child, but it was a stray.. I didn't know they were deemed in the most expensive dog breeds! Interesting read, voted up!

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on January 21, 2013:

I can understand that viewpoint but I bought a Siberian cat (they are hypoallergenic) because I am allergic. Expensive, but worth it. Sometimes it is the best option. I would have a hard time justifying spending thousands of dollars on a dog, however, especially since the best dog in the world (mine, of course!) is a mixed breed from a back yard breeder.

Natasha from Hawaii on January 21, 2013:

My mom has claimed for years she wants a King Charles Cavalier. I personally like dogs that need a home more than ones that come from a breeder. The only purebred house pet my family has owned was a Persian cat and it was also the worst pet my family's ever had. My sweet Alaskan husky and German Shepherd both came from the SPCA and I couldn't ask for better friends. Their $100 price tag left me enough money to do things like feed them!

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on December 04, 2012:

Thanks for the comment Jmillis2006. You are correct in that the strict breeding rules keep the prices up on the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, but I remember when Rotties used to be just as expensive, before they were overbred. I hope the Cavaliers stay in the hands of a few breeders and do not become "overpopular".

Jmillis2006 from North Carolina on December 04, 2012:

I have a cavalier king Charles spaniel and you are defiantly right about being expensive, she is chestnut and white( known as blenheim in the world of cavaliers). Cavalier spaniels are super sweet , but according to my vet in particular and information on the breed nearly all will have some sort of heart problem by ten. I think part of the reason for the cost is the strict breeding rules for this breed. Loved the hub.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on November 23, 2012:

Angus definitely looks expensive. You must take great care of him! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on November 23, 2012:

Wow! I did not know that my dog Angus is one of the most expensive dog breeds. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend!

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on November 12, 2012:

Thanks for your comments! eHealer did you have a Tibetan Mastiff in Vegas or was this somewhere else? I would love to have a Great Pyrenees but worry about that dog handling the heat.

lrc7815, you would be a great Saluki mom, but could you have a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in the house at the same time? That would deserve a humorous hub!

Linda Crist from Central Virginia on November 12, 2012:

I love your hubs DrMark, no matter what they are about. Something about these four-leggeds just makes the day warmer. I will never own one because of their price but will continue to dream of loving a King Charles Spaniel and a Saluki. Odd combination, isn't it? Thanks for always giving your readers the truth about the breeds so that we can make informed decisions.

Deborah from Las Vegas on November 12, 2012:

Very interesting DrMark, great photos as always. I had no idea that a mastiff was that expensive! I had one in my younger years and was a great companion and run-buddy. Thanks and voted up!


Top 5 Most Expensive Dog Breeds

With the literally hundreds of dog breeds, how do you determine which ones are the most expensive? The list can actually change over time based on a few factors, the most important being which celebrity owns what dog breed. For example, when Paris Hilton got her Chihuahua, the breed climbed the chart for most expensive. Other factors include supply and demand, meaning if the breed is rare and is sought after, the cost increases, as well as if the breed is for show. If the breed is the offspring of a prize winning dog, its cost will also increase.

Top 5 Most Expensive Dog Breeds

5. Chow Chow
The Chow Chow dog breed is known for its distinct blue-black tongue and hindlegs which are almost straight. With its lion-like mane, it is also one of the most beautiful breeds. This breed of dogs is very dominant so they need a dominant owner who is firm and consistent. They are good with children and do well in households with cats and other household pets when they are introduced to them while they are young. Currently the Chow Chow dog breed ranges in price from $3000-$8500.

4. English Bulldog
The English Bulldog is one of world’s most gentle dog breeds, in spite of its rugged appearance, making it one of the best breeds for families with children. The English Bulldog breed makes for great guard dogs because of their instinctive nature to protect those they are loyal to and can hey can reach a height of 12-16 inches and can weigh around 51-55 pounds. Currently the English Bulldog ranges in price from $2500-$9000.

3. Samoyed
Samoyed dogs are used for sledding and herding, but are extremely easy going, friendly, and playful. They make poor watchdogs because of their want to befriend even strangers, but are highly intelligent. The Samoyed breed are popular in obedience competitions, and they make wonderful therapy dogs due to their gentle and caring nature and make great dogs for families with children. Currently the Samoyed dog breed ranges in price from $4000-$11,000.

2. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
This dog breed is extremely outgoing, intelligent, and happy, and are most often seen in the show ring, obedience competitions, and make great therapy dogs. Because of their gentle and happy temperament, this breed makes a great pet for families with children. The average height of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels range between 12-13 inches and the average weight is around 10-18 pounds. Currently the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog breed ranges in price from $1000-$14,000.

1. German Shepherd
The German Shepherd dog breed is one of the best breeds to use for service and therapy due to their temperament. They are highly intelligent dogs that are perfect for families with children. They require daily exercise and enjoy being with people as much as possible. This dog breed is exceptionally loyal to their owners and excel in many competitive sports including obedience, tracking, and agility competitions. Currently as the number one most expensive dog breed, they range in price from $3000-$24,000.


How much does pet insurance cost for different dog breeds?

You can trace your dog’s spunk or laidback nature to their pedigree, but your furry friend’s breed also affects how much you pay for pet insurance. That’s because each dog breed has different health issues, sizes and lifespans that play into the pup’s risks and needs for vet care.

To help you find what premium to expect for your dog, we dove into the quoting process to get rates for the 50 most popular 50 dog breeds. If you have a mixed breed pup, average the rates for dogs of that breed, or dogs of a similiar look and weight if you’re not sure what breed your dog is. For example, a Westie-Yorkie mix might see rates around $32 a month.

What's in this guide?

Compare pet insurance costs by dog breed

The average cost of an accident and illness dog insurance policy costs $48. The cheapest breeds to insure are small dogs like the Chihuahua, which can expect rates as low as $23.

How we got these rates

To get a solid look at pet insurance quotes, we quoted for policies with a $500 deductible, 80% reimbursement and $10,000 annual limit. We kept this dog profile throughout the process, switching out the breed:

  • Female
  • Two years old
  • No pre-existing conditions
  • Lives in New York

Compare pet insurance for any dog

Which dog breeds are the most expensive to insure?

Pedigree dogs are more expensive to insure than mixed breeds because these pure dogs adopt all the health issues common to their breed. Also, large breeds see more joint issues due to their large size, cost more for vet care and can live shorter lives. You can expect dogs with these characteristics to cost more in pet insurance premiums.

For example, these five dogs saw the highest premiums of the 50 breeds we compared:

  • Great Dane. This giant of a dog comes with common illnesses and joint issues due to their pedigree and sheer size. Big dog breeds also cost more for vet care in general.
  • Rottweiler. Again, this pup’s large size accounts for their tendency to get a variety of joint issues. Rotties also have more energy than some large breeds, especially at a young age.
  • Newfoundland. This traditional working dog carries the risk for heart and joint problems in its bloodline.
  • St. Bernard. This hefty dog breed packs the pounds, making Bernies a costly breed for any vet to treat. Its huge size leads to joint problems, and this breed also sees eye and bloating problems especially as they age.
  • French Bulldog. A Frenchie sees a range of health issues and suffers from a lacking ability to regulate their own body heat. At older ages, you can expect to see hereditary health issues pop up, making this breed one of the more expensive breeds to insure.

What factors affect my pet insurance premiums?

Your pup’s premiums reflect their risk levels for health problems or accidents. The main factors that pet insurance companies consider include:

  • Age. Pet insurance premiums go up as your dog ages, especially for illness coverage. The older your trusted companion gets, the more your dog risks getting health issues. Veterinary care also may cost more as you and your pup face more expensive procedures.
  • Breed. Different breeds have different risk levels, based on their size, hereditary conditions and energy levels. Large dogs may get more ligament injuries than small dogs, while some breeds tend to get medication allergies and need special medication if they undergo surgery.
  • Gender. Different genders of the same dog breed also face different health risks, especially fertility or hormone-related health problems.
  • Whether your dog is spayed or neutered. Spaying or neutering lowers your premiums because the procedure lowers your canine’s risk for cancer or aggression toward other dogs.
  • Your address. Your area can affect whether your dog might experience injuries from cars or other animals. Location also affects the typical vet fees you might see. Unlike healthcare for people, there’s little regulation around vet service charges, so you might find huge vet cost differences in different places.

Are you paying too much for pet insurance?

If you’re paying more than your breed’s listed price, you could be paying more than needed if you chose a standard amount of coverage. Standard coverage includes $250 or $500 deductible, 80% to 90% reimbursement and around $10,000 for your annual limit. Then, make sure you get quotes from several insurance companies to see typical premiums for your dog.

However, other factors may play into a higher premium from one company, such as choosing the highest amount of coverage available or adding wellness coverage. Also, some companies provide free perks like lost pet rewards or trip cancellation if you cancel your travel plans to take care of an emergency. Consider the value for these benefits when making your decision.

How to lower pet insurance premiums

You can customize nearly any company’s policy to fit your budget or shop around if you want cheaper pet insurance premiums. Four ways to snag a lower price:

  • Lower your policy limits. You can select different policy limits. These limits are the most your pet insurance will pay out in a 12 month period, so they can affect your costs significantly. This page shows the average cost of pet insurance for comprehensive policies with the highest available limits.
  • Raise your deductible. By choosing a higher pet insurance deductible, you’ll pay more upfront before your policy kicks in. Since you’re taking on more responsibility, most insurance companies reward you with a lower premium.
  • Pick a different type of policy. Accident-only policies come in at the cheapest price for dog insurance, while cover for accident and illness policies cost the most across all policy types.
  • Shop around. These are the average premiums from six different insurers, which means that at least one of them is offering cheaper prices than these. However, different insurers might assess dogs differently based on their breed and age, so the cheapest option for one person is not necessarily the cheapest for another. It can be worth shopping around to find better value for money dog insurance.

Bottom line

Your dog’s breed can influence your pet insurance premiums as well as the type of policy and coverage that you choose. While you can’t control this factor when buying a policy, you can shop around with multiple pet insurance companies to make sure you’re getting the best deal for your pup and your wallet.


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When Edgar and Nina’s beloved Labrador, Lancelot passed away, they wanted a replacement to bear the pain.

The couple decided to clone the dog. After shelling around $1,55,000 USD, Sir Lancelot came into this world.

This is the world’s first cloned dog and is now father to a different set of litters.

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5 Most Expensive Dog Breeds

by Flo June 11, 2016, 7:21 am 10.5k Views

In case you have plenty of cash lying around when selecting a new dog, here’s a list of the five most expensive dog breeds in the world:

  1. Egyptian Pharaoh Hound

This hound happens to be the official dog breed of Malta.

It’s considered to be one of the oldest breeds in the globe, with its origins tracing all the way back to 4500 BC in Egypt.

Years later, the Phoenicians brought it to the Island of Malta where the breed was preserved to its purest form more than a few thousand years.

  1. Tibetan Mastiff

Remove its special sub-breeds and you’re left with a unique and exquisite four-legged fur balls in the globe.

It also happens to be the closest thing to owning a lion without breaking ownership laws.

Pups of this breed tend to sell anywhere within several thousand dollars in today’s economy.

  1. Chow Chow

With its signature blue tongue and cute fur, this breed goes all the way back a few thousand years ago in China, where they were originally intended as hunting dogs.

At present, they’re known for being loyal, playful, and serve as great companions to human beings.

  1. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

With its eagerness to please as well as having a gently disposition, this cute breed is a highly sought by celebrities and royal families.

The pricing varies but it’s usually within several thousand dollars depending on its traits, color, and coat texture.

  1. Samoyed

Originating from the cold frontier of Siberia, Russia, this breed naturally developed its own camouflage.

It’s purely white fur pits it as one of the most expensive dogs in the world.

Originally meant to be sled dogs for herding reindeer, they’ve been sought after by royal families and celebrities.

They’re a breed that’s eager to please and with a gentle disposition.

Making a decision to buy a dog is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Owning a dog comes with plenty of responsibilities which include healthcare costs, food, grooming, and exercise/play time.

When making a decision as to which dog breed fits you best, you’ll need to consider the size, coat type, temperament, and care required for the dog.

You need to find what breed best suits your needs.

Think about your household.

If you have young children, how you like to keep your home, if you can afford pet insurance and veterinary care and if you have other pets to consider are just a few.

With a lot of demand for man’s best friend today, it’s assumed that the cost of dog breeds would naturally increase (even more so with rare types).

It’s not just the price that’s rising –- costs for veterinary care and basic maintenance are also going up.

That means having money for the long term should be considered.

Going for an ideal dog that’ll naturally fit in your household requires lots of preparation and patience.

But if cost is hardly an issue for you, then any of the dogs mentioned above shouldn’t be a problem.

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