All dog lovers dream of an amazing dog, but how much are we really willing to spend? These dog owners definitely didn’t find their four-legged friend for free online!
The fifth most expensive dog breed is the Samoyed. The Samoyed may look like a picture of beauty, but this working breed was originally bred in Siberia to haul sledges, hunt, and herd reindeer. The Siberians would even spin yarn out of their fur for blankets and coats. The Samoyed’s have a life expectancy of 10-15 years, but they are prone to health problems such as diabetes and hip dysplasia. While you can find them cheaper at various dog rescues, the cost of a Samoyed puppy from a reputable breeder averages in the $4,000-$10,000.00.
Next on the list is the fourth most expensive dog breed, the Rottweiler, also known as the “Rottweil Butchers’ Dogs” because they were employed by butchers in the Middle Ages to guard money pouches tied around their necks. The demand for Rotts had gone down after that time period, until they were chosen to become police dogs in WWI and WWII, where they worked as messengers, ambulances, and guard dogs. They only have a life expectancy of 8-10 years, and hip dysplasia is very common among pureblooded Rottweilers. The cost of a Rottweiler from a breeder averages in the $2,400-$8,000.00 range.
The Lowchen, or “Little Lion Dog” which is it’s English translation, is next on the list. This little dog is a member of the toy breed and was at one point the rarest breed in the world because there were only 66 recordings of them! They have found paintings containing the Lowchen that have been painted as long ago as 1442. Although they look similar to a Bichon Frise, the Lowchen’s fur is wavy with thicker hairs mixed in. They are called “Little Lion Dog” because their haircut is normally shaved with longer hair around their head and neck, making them seem like they have a mane. The life expectancy of a Lowchen is 12-14 years. The average cost range for a Lowchen is in the $4,800-$8,000.00 range.
The second most expensive dog breed is the Akita. The Akita’s ancestors, the Matagi dogs, are one of the oldest Japanese native breeds, and they were used for bear hunting. In 1937, Helen Keller was presented with two Akita dogs when she traveled to Japan. These two dogs were the first two recorded Akitas to arrive in
the US. The average cost for an Akita is above $4,500.00.
The most expensive dog breed is the Tibetan Mastiff. Despite history recording King George IV owning a pair of Tibetan Mastiffs, this breed did not gain it’s popularity until the 1980’s. In 2011, a Red Tibetan Mastiff named Big Splash was sold to a coal baron for a little over $1,000,000.00, making Big Splash the most expensive mutt. But it does not stop at the large price tag! Big Splash’s last recorded weight was a whopping 180 pounds!
These dogs are considered status symbols in China instead of cars and jewelry, because red is considered a lucky color and Tibetan Mastiffs are considered holy. Tibetan’s believe Tibetan Mastiff’s contain the souls of monks and nuns that were not good enough to reincarnate into humans.