If you wish to own any of these dog breeds that you are about to see on this list, make sure that you have the money not just for purchasing them. You should also have the money for their maintenance and upkeep. There are food, supplies, and vaccines, which can cost you several dollars a year!
But if you’re wealthy, budgeting to own such lovely pooches is definitely out of the question. You’ll want to spoil your pet dog as much as your money can buy! We compile the most expensive dog breeds in the world to own (as well as to maintain) — the prices listed here are the purchasing prices alone and those exclude the food and maintenance costs.
Also known as the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog, the Czechoslovakian Vlcak is the product of crossing a Carpathian wolf and a German shepherd.
The Czechoslovakian Vlcak has a wolf-like appearance and is quick, playful, very active, lively and courageous. It can be trained and taught tricks as well. Just like wolves, this dog breed is very social — not just with its human owner and his/her family but also with other animals. The Czechoslovakian Vlcak has a natural hunting instinct. That’s why it is important to socialize this breed when it is still a puppy to avoid aggression towards other animals, especially smaller animals which would usually be seen as prey.
The Czechoslovakian Vlcak is not known to bark, but it has other means of expression and communication such as growling and whining, as well as body language.
This breed is virtually unknown outside Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic and Slovakia) where it has existed since 1955. You really have to fly to the Czech Republic to purchase this rare dog breed.
Contrary to Hollywood’s portrayal of Rottweilers as violent dogs, Rottweilers are in fact good-natured and placid animals and can be trained to become a good family pet. However, they are also fearless and protective of their masters and their property, so they need to be socialized early to avoid aggressive and territorial behavior.
As strong and powerful breeds, Rottweilers also need early training to avoid causing trouble and damage, even if it’s just an accident.
Azawakh, like many sight hounds, are tall and slender dog breeds. The Azawakh is the only African breeds available for purchase in North America.
This breed is unusually tall and lean, with males reaching up to 29 inches and females up to 28 inches. It is bred in Africa as a guard dog as well as a hunting dog, usually running after hares and gazelles. But unlike other sight hounds which are mostly independent hunters, the Azawakh is more of a pack hunter. This breed is highly tolerant of heat — it will be fine with running in a 100-degree weather which would even kill a Greyhound. Since Azawakhs are active, they need lots of exercises.
The Peruvian Inca Orchid is one of the several hairless dog breeds. But this breed is weird because it sometimes has a tuft of on its head and tail, while the rest of the body is completely hairless.
A hairless dog like the Peruvian Inca Orchid may save you from tick and flea problems as well as expensive trips to the dog groomers. However, it is more prone to clogged pores, dryness and sunburn, as well as more vulnerable to extreme temperatures. That’s why its skin should need special attention if you plan to purchase this breed: washing from time to time, applying moisturizers, and protection from the cold by dressing them in well-insulated dog coats.
Native in northern Japan, the Akita is split into two strains, the Japanese Akita (“Akita Inu”) and the American Akita or simply Akita. Thanks to the inspiring true-life story of the loyal dog Hachiko (which has been adapted into books and movies, including the popular Hachi: A Dog’s Tale), the Akita breed has become popular outside of Japan.
The Akita is a powerful, strong, territorial and independent breed, wary of strangers but loyal and affectionate towards its human masters. Like most spitz breeds (which include the Siberian Husky), the Akita’s thick double coat is suitable for colder temperatures.
Whether it be a puppy or an adult dog, the Akita fetches a high price especially outside of Japan.
The Löwchen, also called Little Lion Dog, is one of the world’s rarest dogs. This toy breed resembles the Maltese, only slightly larger. Only a few hundred new puppies are being registered each year.
Like a lot of toy dogs, the Löwchen is a friendly dog towards humans, including children. It is also a generally healthy dog and does not shed, therefore it makes a perfect pet for sensitive people. The Löwchen is groomed in a typical “lion’s cut,” where its back section is shaved, including the hind legs, hips, and tail, while the rest of the body is covered with hair.
The Tibetan Mastiff is considered one of the most primitive dog breeds, originating in Tibet, China, Nepal, Mongolia, and India. This large and powerful breed (it can weigh up to 160 pounds and can grow up to 33 inches by the shoulder) is intended to protect livestock (especially sheep) from predators.
Apart from the cost of obtaining a Tibetan Mastiff, you should also need an expansive space for the dog to move around. Since this dog is strong-willed and stubborn, it also needs a lot of obedience training.
Purebred Tibetan Mastiffs bred in Tibet and Nepal can fetch a higher price than those bred in the United States.
Another sight hound dog in this list in the Pharoah Hound. Despite the name, it’s not an Egyptian breed, but it is rather originated from Malta. The Pharoah Hound has a reddish brown coat, and its nose, whiskers, paw-pads, and nails should also have the same color. It has a graceful and elegant appearance, but it is also athletic and powerful. As for temperament, this breed is independent, intelligent and sensitive, if sometimes stubborn.
The Pharoah Hound is also highly trainable but you should keep your tricks and train interesting and varied; else, the dog can get easily bored with the repetitive commands.
Here is the dog of the real Egyptian pharaohs, the Saluki. One of the most ancient dog breeds, the Saluki is tall and graceful. And as for a lot of sight hounds, the Saluki can run really fast, reaching speeds of up to 42.8 miles per hour. They come in a variety of coat colors from reddish brown to black to white.
The Saluki is independent and usually aloof. It can easily get bored, so this breed may not be a good choice for first-time owners or busy owners. It should be socialized early in life to get along well with other people and other animals. Another, this breed needs a lot of exercises and a bigger space for running, so you should consider these things as well if you’re thinking of buying one.
These fluffy white canines are bred by the nomadic Samoyedic peoples in Siberia as a herding and sled dog, much like their Siberian Huskies (both of them are spitz breeds).
The Samoyed has a double coat to keep itself warm in colder climates and does shed only fairly. It is tough and strong in build. Despite that, the Samoyed is friendly and playful (even with children), and those traits make it a poor guard dog. But if you want an excellent companion dog for life, you will have no problem with a Samoyed.