Top 10 Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the world

Its very common to find cats and dogs at homes abroad, most of them purchased from pet stores or adopted from shelters. And even in India the scene is not bad, although the number of pet lovers are comparatively much lower.

Nevertheless, almost all of them are emotionally attached to their pets with most of them considering them as family.

Here we take a look at the most expensive dog breeds around the world; I’m sure you’ll be surprises to hear how much you have to shell out for some of them.

What Makes a Dog Expensive?

Here are some of the factors that make dogs expensive.

  • Purity of breed or their rarity
  • Offsprings of prize winning dogs
  • Most important is the C-factor – Has it been spotted or photographed in possession of a celebrity?


Most Expensive Dog Ever Sold

The current record stands for a year old, red ‘Tibetan mastiff’ called Big Splash (‘Hong Dong’ in Chinese) which was sold for an amazing 1.5 million US Dollars (10 million Yuan) and beats the earlier record set by another Tibetan Mastiff Tibetan mastiff. A chinese multi-millionaire coal baron had bought the dog.

However, despite this fact, the Tibetan Mastiff is generally not considered the most expensive dog breed.

Top Ten of Expensive Dogs
Here are the top ten breeds of digs from around the world (images from Wikimedia Commons.)

Japanese Akita

At No.10 is the Japanese Akita that can sell for between $1,500 – $4,500

akita japanese dog

Bearded Collie

At No.9 is the bearded Collie which can be sold for between $1,000 and $5,000

bearded collie dog

Pharaoh Hound

At No.8 is the Pharaoh hound which can fetch between $2,500 – $6,500

pharaoh hound dog

Tibetan Mastiff

At No.7 is the Tibetan Mastiff which can usually go in the range $2,000 – $7,000.

tibetan mastiff dog


At No 6. is the Rottweiler which can be bought for around $2,000 – $8,000

rottweiler dog


At No.5 is the chinese breed ‘Chow-Chow’ which can fetch between $3,000 – $8,500

Chinese Chow-Chow dog

English Bulldog

Known as ‘British Bulldog’ in the UK, at no.4 is the English Bulldog at around 2,500 – $9,000.

English bulldog dog


The Siberian breed Samoyed is at No.3 and can be bought for between $4,000 – $11,000

siberian samoyeds dog

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel from England is at No.2 and can sell for a princely sum of between $1,000 – $14,000

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog

German Shepherd (Alsation)

Didn’t expect this one? However, the versatile Alsation is among the most expensive dog breeds in the world and can fetch anything between $3,000 – $24,000.

German Shepherd (Alsation) dog breed

Final Comments

There are many more breeds such as the Labrador, Golden Retriever, Yorkshire Terrier, and so on. However, the price also depends on the novelty factor and how common the breed is. The German Shepherd may also come across as a common breed but its capability to be trained has been proven; that’s why its among the the most expensive dogs in the world. One dog training institute in Germany sells their German Shepherds for a cool $24,000, they claim to train the best rescue dogs in the world.

Nevertheless, with dogs, more than the price, its the love that it gives to you is what matters more.

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