Friday, 27 April 2012

Top 10 Most Expensive Dog Breeds

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Top 10 Most Expensive Dog Breeds

Most dog lovers treat their dogs like their babies - and often spend as much money on a their pooch as they would on a kid! Diamond collars, plush beds, fancy toys and doggy day name it and we dog lovers will probably spend money on it if it will make our pup happy (be real - it makes us happier than the dog, right?).

Many of us also gladly fork over the big bucks for purebreds, even if we don't plan on buying them fancy collars and sending them to the doggy spa. Take a look in the local newspaper and you'll commonly see puppies being sold for several hundred dollars - slightly more if they are AKC registered or have champion bloodlines. And now we have designer dogs - fancy crosses with names like Labradoodle, Sharpoo, and Chi-pom-pom. These cuties often command prices in the thousands - even if you can't register them with the AKC or show them (except in special shows).

Yes, humans love their dogs...but how much are we really willing to pay for a dog? Some of us put the limit on $50 (the typical shelter adoption cost), or perhaps $500 or even $1,000. But if you want one of the breeds on this list, you'd better be prepared to handover your life savings.

Remember, these prices are for puppies - not trained or proven dogs, but for 8-10 week old pups.

Here's is my list of the ten most expensive dog breeds in the world:
Let’s start the countdown of the most expensive dog breeds found throughout the world.

10. Japanese Akita
The Akita is the largest breed of Japanese dogs and is one of Japan’s national treasures. They have been used to hunt birds, ducks, and game. Today the Akita is most often a loyal companion, but can also be seen as therapy dogs, police dogs and guide dogs. The Japanese Akita can sell between $1500 and $4500.

9. Bearded Collie
The Bearded Collie originated in Britain. As a herding dog, they were bred to work long hours. They are enthusiastic and energetic dogs that love to keep busy and thus require regular exercise and some sort of obedience training. But above all, they make loving, intelligent and friendly family dogs. Bearded Collies have been sold between $1000 and $5000.

8. Pharaoh Hound
As the name suggest, Pharaoh Hounds originated in ancient Egypt. The breed is very graceful and noble-looking. Naturally very active and alert, they are ideal for a variety of dog sports and activities. They are also intelligent, friendly and make affectionate companions. The Pharaoh Hound can cost between $2500 and $6500.

7. Tibetan Mastiff
Tibetan Mastiffs are famous for their legendary fierceness and role as the guardians of the Tibetan monasteries. Though patient and gentle, they can be quick to defend and are extremely loyal. In North American, they have been used as guard dogs, sled dogs, herding dogs and as family companions. Tibetan Mastiffs are usually sold around $2200 to $7000.

6. Rottweiler
The Rottweiler is a calm, powerful, intelligent and loyal dog. Their inherent nature to protect their home and family make them excellent guard dogs. However this also means that they don’t make immediate friends with strangers. The Rottweiler can fetch between $2000 and $8000.

5. Chow Chow
Originating in Northern China, The Chow Chow is one of the oldest recognizable breeds. With its lion-like mane, it is also one of the most beautiful and impressive breeds. They have been used for a variety of activities including herding, hunting, and pulling. Today they are mainly a companion and family dog. The Chow Chow can cost anywhere between $3000 and $8500.

4. English Bulldog
The English Bulldog is built for stability, strength and endurance. The breed is very calm and steady but can also be very courageous. Despite their guard-dog appearance, they are non-aggressive and love people. English Bulldogs can fetch anywhere between $2500 and $9000.

3. Samoyed
The Samoyed is a member of the Spitz family and originates from Siberia. They were bred for herding, sledding and guarding. Today they are still seen as sled and herding dogs, are often seen in the show ring and obedience competitions, and they make wonderful therapy dogs due to their gentle and caring nature. The Samoyed can cost between $4000 and $11,000.

2. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
The Cavalier Spaniel was bred specifically as companion dogs since the days of King Charles II. They can be seen in obedience competitions, the show ring, and as therapy dogs. They are a charming little breed, intelligent, happy and outgoing. They make playful and affectionate family pets. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel can fetch a hefty sum of between $1000 and $14,000.

1. German Sheppard
And the number one most expensive dog is the German Sheppard! This may seem a bit surprising, but the common German Sheppard can cost between $3000 and $24,000. A dog training institute in Germany markets their rescue dogs as the best in the world, and sells their German Sheppards for a massive $24,000. The German Sheppard has proven time and time again that they are a trustworthy, intelligent and agile dog putting them on the top of the list. They can be trained well beyond the capacity of many other breeds, making them great rescue dogs, police dogs and guide dogs just to name a few.


But remember, the price of the breed is not what makes them better. What’s truly important is the love they give you as companions and the love you give back! The unbreakable bond that develops between a dog and his master is priceless.

Other expensive dog breeds

Not all expensive dog breeds could make my top 10 list. But, I thought I'd share a few more expensive breeds that I found during my research. Some of these are rare breeds, some are designer, and some are the most common breeds found in the US.
  • Norfolk Terrier
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Bearded Collie
  • Yorkshire Terrier
  • Australian Labradoodle

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