Dogs are expensive, and we’re not even talking about food, vet, and housing expenses (pet rent). After publishing posts about the world´s largest, smartest and most popular dogs, we decided to do some research in order to find out which are the most expensive dogs to buy. Again, for the sake of this list, we are not looking at dog expenses. It is no secret that taking care of a dog can be very expensive as dog owners can spend thousands of dollars each year on food, basic supplies and medical care for their hairy friends. What we are actually looking at is the dog itself. If you are considering getting a new puppy, it’s a good idea to have at least basic knowledge of how the prices vary with individual dog breeds. Depending on the particular dog breed you are looking for, you can pay anything from about a hundred bucks to about $5,000. Take a look at the 25 Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the world. It’s important to note that the stated prices are averages and might vary greatly depending on numerous factors including your location, the kind of lineage the dog you are buying has, breeder etc.
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St. Bernard, average price: up to $1,800
Originally bred for mountain rescue, the St. Bernard is a giant dog breed popular in the Italian and Swiss Alps. Its proportions are enormous – the dogs can be up to 36 inches (90 cm) tall and weigh as much as 265 pounds (120 kg). Despite their formidable size, the St. Bernards are very friendly, loyal and easy to train.
Bedlington Terrier, average price: up to $1,800
Named after the mining town of Bedlington in northeastern England, the Bedlington Terrier is a small dog originally bred to hunt vermin in the mines. Very friendly to humans but sometimes aggressive towards other dogs, this Terrier has been used in numerous dog sports, as well as in conformation shows and as a companion dog.
Double Doodle, average price: up to $1,900
The Double Doodle is a mix of Goldendoodle and Labradoodle or various mixtures of Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever and Poodle. This mix has also been called the North American Retriever and the Golden Labradoodle. This breed is intelligent, well-rounded, and has been cited as an affable family pet.
Caucasian Ovtcharka, average price: up to $2,000
Also known as the Caucasian Shepherd Dog, the Caucasian Ovtcharka is a long-haired, strongly-boned, muscular, and even-tempered molosser. Particularly popular in Georgia (the country), these dogs are rather intelligent; however, they can be insolent and refuse to listen at times.
Bouvier des Flandres, average price: up to $2,000
The Bouvier des Flandres is a large herding dog breed that originated in Flanders, northern Belgium. Originally used for general farm work including cattle droving, sheep herding, and cart pulling, these dogs are nowadays used as guard dogs and police dogs, as well as being kept as pets.
Newfoundland, average price: up to $2,000
Originally bred and used as a work dog for fishermen, the Newfoundland is a huge, intelligent dog famous for his excellent swimming abilities. Newfoundlands are usually black but can also be brown, white or grey. They are also known for their giant size, tremendous strength, calm dispositions, and loyalty.
Golden Retriever, average price: up to $2,000
Named after its excellent ability to retrieve shot birds and game, the Golden Retriever is a large, long-coated Scottish dog breed. Considered one of the smartest dog breeds in the world, the Golden Retrievers can handle various roles such as guiding, hunting, detection, search and rescue etc.
Miniature Bull Terrier, average price: up to $2,000
The Miniature Bull Terrier is a small, muscular breed with origins in the extinct English White Terrier, the Dalmatian and the Bulldog. The Minis are very friendly and loving but, like many other terrier breeds, they can be stubborn at times. Yet, they make great dogs for people with limited space.
Rottweiler, average price: up to $2,000
Originating in Germany, the Rottweiler is a large, robust and muscular dog that was once used to pull loaded carts. These days, thanks to its good nature, outstanding intelligence and eagerness to work, the Rottweiler is now used as a search and rescue dog, guide dog for the blind, guard dog, police dog etc.
Bulldog, average price: up to $2,000
One of many breeds with English origin, the bulldog is a medium-sized, heavy dog with wrinkled face and a distinctive pushed-in nose. Bulldogs were originally bred for bull baiting (hence the name), but modern breeders have managed to remove aggression from these dogs, making them friendly and docile pets.
Spinone Italiano, average price: up to $2,000
The Spinone Italiano is an Italian dog breed originally bred as a versatile gun dog. One of the world´s oldest dog breeds with its origin dating back to approximately 500 BC, the Spinone is a loyal, friendly, alert and highly intelligent dog usable in various roles ranging from a companion to an assistance dog.
Neapolitan Mastiff, average price: up to $2,000
Another ancient Italian breed, the Neapolitan Mastiff is a large, robust and muscular dog. Known for their high intelligence and tendency to be independent thinkers, these dogs are fearless and extremely protective of their family. However, they need to be well trained and socialized, as they do not always know their own strength.
Cane Corso, average price: up to $2,000
Closely related to the Neapolitan mastiff, the Cane Corso is a large dog valued as a great hunter and guardian. It is well muscled but less bulky than most other mastiff breeds. It’s also slightly smaller than the Neapolitan mastiff, reaching a height of about 70 cm (28 inches) at the withers and weighing anywhere from 40 to 50 kg (88 to 110 pounds).
Irish Wolfhound, average price: up to $2,000
Originally developed from war hounds, the Irish wolfhounds have been used for hunting and guarding. Standing at least 34 inches (86 cm) tall, they are one of the tallest of all dog breeds. Unlike many other dogs, Irish wolfhounds have a varied range of personalities but they are rarely mindless or aggressive.
Landseer, average price: up to $2,200
The Landseer is remarkably similar to Newfoundland and some kennel clubs even consider the breed to be simply a black-and-white variant, but the international federation of kennel clubs recognizes it as a separate breed. The Landseer is known for its unusually sweet disposition, gentleness, and serenity. They enjoy swimming and have been known to rescue drowning people.
French Bulldog, average price: up to $2,300
Called the pig-dog in the UK, the French bulldog is a very playful and affectionate small dog. Although the French bulldog is a small and short breed (standing just about 12 inches or 30 cm at the whiskers), it has the appearance of a very muscular, heavy-boned dog. Its small size and playful nature make it one of the most popular breeds in the world.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, average price: up to $2,300
Colloquially called “Toller”, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a medium-sized breed of gundog bred primarily for hunting. It is the smallest of the retrievers, and is often mistaken for a small Golden Retriever. Tollers are known to be intelligent, alert, high-energy dogs who are especially friendly and patient with children.
Norfolk Terrier, average price: up to $2,500
The Norfolk Terrier is a British breed of small, wire-haired terrier. Prior to gaining recognition as an independent breed in 1960, it was a variety of the Norwich Terrier. Norfolks work in packs and must get along with other dogs. As companions, they love people, children and make good pets.
Black Russian Terrier, average price: up to $2,500
Created in USSR during the late 1940s and the early 1950s for military purposes, the Black Russian Terrier is a large, double-coated dog that is now used as working, guarding, sporting and companion dog. Despite its name, the Russian Black Terrier is not a true terrier: it is believed that about 17 breeds were used in its development, including Airedale, Giant Schnauzer, Rottweiler, Newfoundland, Caucasian Ovtcharka and other breeds.
Olde English Bulldogge, average price: up to $2,500
Created in the 1970s, the Olde English Bulldogge is one of the world´s youngest breeds. A cross of English Bulldog, Pit Bull, Bullmastiff, and American Bulldog, the Olde English Bulldogge is a strong, muscular, medium-sized dog valued for his friendly temperament and agility to perform numerous varieties of work.
Berger Picard, average price: up to $2,500
A French herding breed, the Berger Picard is a medium-sized, well-muscled dog. These dogs nearly became extinct after both World War I and World War II and they remain a rare breed even today. The Berger Picard’s attributes include a lively, intelligent personality and a sensitive and assertive disposition that responds quickly to obedience training.
Perro De Presa Canario, average price: up to $3,000
Also known as the Canary Mastiff, the Perro De Presa Canario is a large Molosser-type dog breed originally bred for working livestock. Being very strong and large dogs, Presas require early socialization and obedience training. Although they are generally mild-tempered, they can be aggressive toward other dogs and suspicious of strangers in some situations.
Portuguese Water Dog, average price: up to $3,000
Originating in the Portuguese region of the Algarve, the Portuguese Water Dog is a rare breed of mid-sized dog that was bred to herd fish into fishermen’s nets, retrieve lost tackle or broken nets; and to act as couriers from ship to ship, or ship to shore. This breed has recently gained notoriety by being the chosen dog of the U.S. president Barack Obama, who has two of them, Bo and Sunny.
Tibetan Mastiff, average price: up to $3,000
Originally bred by nomadic cultures of Tibet, China, Nepal, and Central Asia, the Tibetan mastiff is an ancient breed of a large, muscular dog with thick, usually dark coat. Its name is misleading though – it’s not a mastiff. A better name for the dog would be Tibetan mountain dog. As a flock guardian dog in Tibet, it is capable of confronting predators the size of wolves and leopards.
Argentino Dogo, average price: up to $5,000
Also known as the Argentine Mastiff, the Dogo Argentino is a large, white, muscular dog that was developed in Argentina primarily for the purpose of big-game hunting. With their original aggressive traits being purposely bred out, these dogs are now also trained for search and rescue, police assistance, service dogs, and military work.