Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World

Sloane | November 13, 2013

Celebrities looking for privacy and safety will spare no expense when it comes to installing state-of-the-art security systems. Aside from top-of-the-line security systems, many celebrities opt to purchase expensive, pedigreed dogs to add another element of safety to their properties. Whether celebrities need a guard dog, or a companion, as usual they like to purchase the most expensive option and the following dogs are no exception. These are the most expensive breeds in the world:

5) Rottweiler, ($2,000 to $8,000)

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Pictured: a full-grown Rottweiler

Rottweilers are intelligent, powerful and robust dogs used for a variety of purposes. This patient pooch is used as a police dog, herding dog, service dog, obedience competitor, or therapy dog. They are super protective of their families and ultra confident, which makes them excellent companions.

4) Löwchen, ($5,000 to $8,000)

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Pictured: an adult Löwchen

Löwchen means “little lion” in German which is a fitting name for this wild maned dog. These dogs are bred for their speed and agility and often given haircuts to make them look even more like little lions. They are a sweet and gentle breed, perfect for families with small children.

3) Chow Chow, ($3,000 to $8,500)

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Pictured: an adult Chow Chow

The Chow Chow is a sturdy, Arctic breed that was used as a working dog hundreds of years ago. Today these dogs are used as companion dogs and in shows. They can be territorial and have a less than stellar reputation for being difficult with small children, but with the proper training they can be great family dogs. They have a lion-like appearance and a blue or black tongue. They are a favorite breed of Martha Stewart.

2) English Bulldog, ($2,500 to $9,000)

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Pictured: an adult English Bulldog

The English Bulldog is a popular, jowly breed known for it’s shuffling gait and massive short head. They are lovable and extremely docile animals despite their aggressive look. They are completely unaware of their size and prefer to be on their owner’s lap. They make wonderful companions but have multiple health problems.

1) Samoyed ($4,000 to $11,000)

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Pictured: an adult Samoyed

The Samoyed is a regal breed, bright and alert with a weather resistant coat. This breed excels at weight pulling, sledding, pack hiking, shows, herding and agility. These dogs are highly sought after and come with a high price tag due to their exquisite breeding. Their white coats range in color from pure white to biscuit and their black lips curl into what is known as the “Samoyed smile”.

About the Author

Written by Sloane

Before joining, Sloane worked as a freelance writer and illustrator for a variety of clients. She attended University of Missouri where she majored in English. Her work has been published in literary magazines, newspapers, and textbooks. She currently resides in Miami, Florida. You can learn more about me on Google +

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19 thoughts on “Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World

  1. avatar Julie R says:

    Not sure where you are finding your information but your prices on Samoyeds are WRONG. A show quality Sam pup in the US sells for between $1500 and $2500. Pet quality pups are between $1000 and $1800.

    1. Hi Julie R., if you look online you will see that Samoyeds with completely pure lineage will cost up to $11,000. You can Google it, or check it out here:

      Thanks for your comment, we always appreciate feedback!

      1. avatar Julie R says:

        Dogs exported from the US to a foreign country may go for that if they are already proven champions but I assure you most purebred Samoyed pups in the US are selling for the prices I quoted. I show my Samoyeds – I’m not pulling numbers out of the air nor using websites with erroneous information as proof.

        As far as using google search for “Average cost of a Samoyed” here is the first link – Which directly bears out the prices I quoted you.

      2. avatar Julie R says:

        I show my dogs – thus – completely pure lineage. Insinuating otherwise makes you sound uneducated just like your research for this article.

  2. avatar KW says:

    These price estimates are wildly inaccurate. Where on earth did you get these figures, if they’re not completely fabricated?

    1. Hi KW, the price estimates are gathered from different news/breeder sources. The more expensive prices are for dogs of completely pure lineage. Let me know which prices you think are inaccurate and I am happy to send you links to see the information on pricing. Thanks for your comment, I appreciate the feedback!

  3. avatar Kelly W. says:

    What about the Tibetan Mastiff? Didn’t I recently read that a rare red one went for 7 figures?

    1. Kelly W. Yes! Here is the link to that story: It’s crazy how much some of these pups can fetch!

  4. avatar Lisa Wright says:

    I own a rare breed of terrier, the Sealyham terrier. You can find any sort of wild prices online. Had you talked to reputable breeders of completely “pure” lines, you would find that your price estimates are exaggerated.
    If celebs contact me, the price is the same. I do not inflate prices for the rich & famous. They also have to provide reliable info as to a safe, loving environment.

    1. Hi Lisa, I had never heard of that breed before. What an ADORABLE breed. It’s very difficult to find accurate pricing unless you contact breeders directly but the goal of my research was to find the most expensive selling price for certain dogs which is why the prices might seem exaggerated. Can you tell me a little bit more about the Sealyham? They’re so sweet looking!

  5. avatar Bkelley says:

    That you site another article that is as completely fictitious as your own is so over the top irresponsible my head is reeling. I believe you base prices are likely correct. However, the high end prices you quote are out of context. A price like that would be for a finished Champion that has great potential as top show dog or is already a well-established show dog and is in fact a Multiple Best in Show winning dog. It may be more what the dog is worth and not necessarily that the dog is for sale or would be sold. So what you have printed here is wildly misleading — and journalistically irresponsible. But I do think you have a career on Fox News. Good luck to you. At least people are leaving comments — or is that your intent?

    1. Hi Bkelley, thank you so much for your comment. I, in no way intended to be “journalistically irresponsible”, I can see you are a breeder and therefore are much more educated in the subject. I, on the other hand, do not spend my days scooping up kennels and as such do not know, or claim to know, everything about all the breeds of dog I mentioned. While researching this article, however poorly researched you think it is, I took my estimated prices from both reputable sites and reports about top selling dogs of each breed. I thank you for taking the time to write such a lengthy comment. You must be one spirited dog breeder, I hope your sales are doing well, sorry we cannot include the link to your site…was that your intent?

      1. avatar LesleyIM says:

        I must ask the obvious, Sloane. In doing your research did you perhaps attend a dog event and speak with dog breeders? Or did you just take the internet at 100% factual truth because if you did I have a bridge plus the URL for Mark Twain’s blog for sale.

        You yourself are saying that you didn’t research this article very carefully BUT you’re pushing it off as “news” not the creative writing it is.

  6. avatar Brian says:

    I just bought a chow chow off craigslist for 10,000. So this article comforts me that I didnt pay that much over what they are worth.

  7. avatar AJ says:

    These prices are nuts and totally inaccurate. I’m not convinced you’re particularly clear on what “completely pure lineage” even means. All AKC registered dogs come with “pure lineage”, nothing special there.

    I’m sure you think your inaccuracies are harmless, but the last thing on earth I need is for some bozo to consider stealing my dog because some bologna article told them he’s worth $11,000.
    Please, do tell, where the hell did you find a Samoyed for sale at a price above $2,500 for the DOG, not the shipping?

  8. avatar Cheryl says:

    Hi!As I have been a life long ChowChow owner,I have a problem with what U have written re;the Chow n small/children.My children were brought up with ChowChows in and around the home.My dogs have been around other peoples children/babies,with Never A Problem!My dog(s)have taken on the role of “friend”,”guardian” n “loved one” to not only my hubby n I ,but Especially to my children!I have had ChowChows for more than 40years!

  9. avatar Cheryl says:

    It’s all about how the dogs are raised/socialised.Pls do not tarr them all(ChowChow)with the same brush.All my Chows have been wonderful with children,whether they be ours or other peoples!

    1. Hi Cheryl, I updated the article to make sure people know the breed’s reputation can be managed with the proper training. Thank you for your comment!

  10. avatar TK says:

    I have to agree with the responses here. Wildly inaccurate pricing. You can find “of pure lineage” dogs of all these breeds for as little as a couple hundred bucks from BYB’s on sites such as and the like. While I wouldn’t recommend that, “of pure lineage” makes it sound like a purebred dog is difficult to come by or unusual. ANY dog that is AKC registered is “of pure lineage”. My guess is you have little to no experience with dogs at all. So why would you write an article like this? I would suggest you do a little more research about your subject for your next article, as your knowledge of dogs seems to be sorely lacking and quite glaring from this article.

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