If you’re watching this channel, you’re probably like us and spend more money on your pets than you do yourself. While I highly advocate adoption, and that a dog’s price does not define his worth, many dog lovers are willing to pay thousands of dollars for specific dog breeds. Here are ten of the most expensive dogs among them.
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10. Czechoslovakian Wolf Dog
The Czechoslovakian Vlcak or Czech Wolf Dog looks more like a wolf than a dog. He is indeed the result of an experiment that involved crossing working line German Shepherds with Carpathian wolves in 1955. The idea was to create a powerful breed with the trainability, temperament, and pack mentality of the German Shepherd and the strength and endurance of the Carpathian Wolf.
The border patrol in Czechoslovakia developed this dog and later used it in search and rescue, tracking, herding, agility, obedience, and drafting. Expect to pay upwards of $1,000.
The Saluki, also called the Gazelle Hound, Arabian Hound, or Persian Greyhound is native to eastern Turkestan to Turkey. This ancient breed is believed to be closely related to the Afghan Hound, another ancient breed. The Saluki is known as the royal dog of Egypt, and perhaps one of the oldest domesticated dogs known to man, although DNA research on this and no less than a few other ancient breeds, has to lead to more questions than answers to their true origins.
The Saluki is classed as a sighthound and is typically deep-chested and long-legged. Salukis tend to be independent animals requiring patient training and are gentle and affectionate with their owners. Males can weigh up to 60 pounds and can reach up to 28 inches. Expect him to set you back around $2,500.
8. Peruvian Inca Orchid
Agile, smart, and swift, the Peruvian Inca Orchid is an elegant sighthound developed in Peru.
The ancient history of the Peruvian Inca reveals itself through pottery and textiles. He first appeared in Moche pottery in 750 AD. Artists also depicted him in Chimu, Chancay, and Incan pottery. The Chancay people used him as a companion, and some pottery even depicts him in sweaters. The Chimu considered his good luck and used the dog’s warmth to treat arthritis and respiratory conditions.
As one of the few hairless breeds, this dog is perhaps the oddest-looking dog breeds out there. He can be hairless or coated and comes in three sizes: small, medium, and large or Short, Tall, and Grande for you Starbucks aficionados. The price is up to $3000 for a hairless Peruvian.
7. Azawakh – Most Expensive Dogs
The Azawakh was bred by the Tuareg, Fula, and various other nomads of the Sahara and the sub-Saharan Sahel in Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, and southern Algeria. He works as a guard dog and to hunt gazelle and hare at speeds up to 40 miles per hour.
He is one of the very few African breeds available for purchase in Canada and the United States. Usually a sandy or brown color, this breed is quite lively and needs lots of physical activity and a caring owner to be truly happy. We don’t think upwards of $3,000 is too much for a dog that can run with gazelles.
6. Akita Inu
The Akita Inu is handsome, calm, dignified, and quiet. So it’s understandable that he might be viewed as a highly desirable pet.
Japanese history, both verbal and written, describes the Akita’s ancestors, the Matagi dog, as one of the oldest of the native dogs. Today’s Akita developed primarily from dogs in the northernmost region of the island of Honshū in the Akita prefecture, thus providing the breed’s name.
The Akita Inu comes in a narrow palette of colors, with all other colors considered atypical of the breed, while the American strain comes in all dog colors. The Akita sports a short double-coat similar to that of many other northern Spitz breeds such as the Siberian Husky, but long-coated dogs appear in many litters due to a recessive gene. The price can go as high as $4,500.
The Rottweiler is probably descended from the Italian Mastiff, which accompanied the Romans’ herds when they invaded Europe. During the Middle Ages, he found use as a herder, guard, messenger dog, draught dog, and police work.
The Rott we know today came into existence in Rottweil’s German town in Wurttemberg, hence the name.
He’s a powerful dog. The Rottweiler is now used as a search and rescue dog, a guide dog for the blind, a guard dog, and a police dog. The price for certain bloodlines can exceed $6000!
4. Pharaoh Hound – Most Expensive Dogs
The Pharaoh Hound is an ancient dog breed who has changed little since his development more than 5,000 years ago. He was the dog of kings and may have hunted gazelles with pharaohs, hence his name. This loyal hunting companion later made his way to Malta, where he’s now the national dog.
Pharaoh Hound possesses a very royal look, high intelligence, and an athletic disposition. This athlete will cost you upwards of $6,500!
3. Tibetan Mastiff
Tibetan Mastiff is one of the largest and most protective breeds in the world.
These dogs can be as tall as 33 inches at the whithers and reach up to a whopping 160 pounds. The price for certain bloodlines is upwards to $7,000!
This still primitive dog breed originated centuries ago in Tibet. Originally used as a guard dog for livestock and property, the Tibetan Mastiff can still perform that role. Still, he also enjoys life as a show dog and a family companion – a massive family companion.
2. Samoyed – Most Expensive Dogs
Originally bred to hunt, haul sleds, and herd reindeer, the Samoyed dog breed proved a valuable companion for northwestern Siberia’s Samoyede people. Among his duties: pack hiking, tracking, and warming his owners by sleeping on top of them at night. A working breed, the Samoyed of exerts his will, but above all, he remains friendly, gentle, and a devoted family companion.
He is playful competitive, strong, and alert. Expect to pay upwards to $8,000 for a Samoyed.
1. Löwchen – Most Expensive Dogs
The Löwchen is a toy dog developed as a companion dog and still finds himself in this role today. Active and smart, he does very well in dog competitions such as obedience and agility and surpasses the expectations that many have for a family pet.
Several controversial theories exist about the origins of the Lowchen. One theory has the breed originating in Northern Europe, which includes Germany, Belgium, and France. Experts believe that the Lowchen contributed to the development of the Toy Poodle.
Today, Löwchens are extremely rare – by the 19th-century, Löwchens were virtually extinct. The continued rarity of the Löwchen will fetch upwards to $10,000! Well, I feel broke now.
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