10 of the Most Expensive Dog Breeds to Own

Some Dogs are expensive, apart from their cost of food, housing expenses and vet. There are many things to consider when buying or owning a new pup. Few people hesitate to buy dogs because of their cost of expenses and maintenance, especially in middle class the average families; they don’t want to spend too much money on their dog. Although there are different types of dogs, some are costlier than others especially if they are of a pure breed. Last year, a Tibetan Mastiff puppy was sold out in china for $2 million.

Getting a Dog is a major decision that will affect our life for many years, so it’s difficult task for one to choose a proper breed. There are a variety of factors which makes them expensive, if they are of rare breed, pure, extra-ordinary skills, etc.

Let’s take a look at 10 of the most expensive Dog breeds, and they are.

Basset Hound

Basset Hounds are known for being affectionate, sweet, alert, friendly and gentle. They are not large breeds; they have short legs but big body. Grooming is only necessary once in a while, moderate shedding, difficult to train, and is good with kids.

Cost of treatments are high will be on top because chances of conditions like Entropion, Gastric dilatation volvulus, IVDD and panosteitis is high also they have a short life span when compared toing with other breeds.

  • Cost – $350 to $700.
  • Hypoallergenic – No.
  • Tests required – Blood, Eye.

Bernese Mountain Dog

They are known to be multi-talented, participate in a wide variety of activities such as guarding, herding, search (rescue) and carting. Training will be enjoyable with this dog (easy to train), exercise is not required much, breed is not good for new owners and not good for apartment living.

Bernese Mountain dogs have high risk on Aseptic meningitis, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, oestochondrosis and prone to cancer. Lose their mobility in early stage. They rank first as the most expensive breed in medical costs.

  • Cost – $1500 to $2000.
  • Hypoallergenic- No.
  • Tests required – Elbow, Eye, Hip.


Rottweiler’s physically strong, intelligent, fearless dog breed developed in Germany. Used for variety of purpose such as search and rescue, herding, police work and as guide dogs. It will need regular exercise, can be trained easily and great watch dog.

Biting or attacking tendency is high in this breed, as per the record it ranks as the second most dangerous dog breeds. They may have risk in conditions such as entropion, elbow dysplasia, sub aortic stenosis, hip dysplasia, osteochondritis of the ankle/spine and osteochondritis of the shoulder are the common health problems seen in this breed.

  • Cost – $2000 to $4000.
  • Hypoallergenic – No.
  • Tests required – Blood, Cardiac, Elbow, Eye, Hip.

Irish Wolfhound

The Irish wolfhound is a giant purebred and, it is actually the largest dog breed of dogs. They are known for being loyal, courageous, sweet and quite. It will needs regular exercise; training is not required, shed regularly, suited for apartment living and are good with kids.

They are familiar with the conditions/risks such as cardiomyopathy, gastric dilation volvulus, elbow dysplasia, hip dysplasia, panosteitis and portosystemic shunts. These breeds have a height range of 30-35 inches.

  • Costs – $1000 and above.
  • Hypoallergenic – No.
  • Tests required – Cardiac, Hip.

Great Dane

They are alert, gentle, loving, loyal, intelligent, responsive, quite, friendly, social and responsive. It participates in variety of activities such as guarding, carting and tracking. Their origin is in Germany and so they are also called as ‘German Mastiff’. They have a short lifespan comparing to other giant breeds.

It is among the heaviest dog breeds and typically weighs between 100 to 180 pounds. They have common health problems such as aortic stenosis, osteochondritis of the shoulder, hip dysplasia, lick granuloma, entropion, hypertrophic osteodystrophy and cardiomyopathy.

  • Cost – $600 to $3000.
  • Hypoallergenic – No.
  • Tests required – Blood, Cardiac, Eye, Hip, Elbow.

Tibetan Mastiff

Tibetan mastiffs are huge breed which are often used in Himalayas by tribes as their guard. They are extremely intelligent and strong, which makes them potentially difficult to train. Grooming should be performed regularly, to keep them in good shape. Their origin is in China.

This breed isn’t good for new owners. They have common health problems such as elbow dysplasia and hip dysplasia.

  • Cost – $1.5 million (last year, in China it was sold out for 2 million).
  • Hypoallergenic – No.
  • Tests required – Hip, Thyroid.

Chow Chow

Chow Chow commonly participates in guarding. And they are known for being alert, aggressive, independent, detached, intelligent, loyal, quiet and protective. They are not a best option for kids and new owners. It requires regular exercise, to keep them healthy.

Their life span is shorter than other large breeds, up to 8-12 years. It is in the list of top 10 dangerous dogs. The common health conditions are cataracts, elbow dysplasia, diabetes mellitus, gastric dilatation volvulus, hip dysplasia, myotonia and patellar luxation.

  • Cost – $750 and above.
  • Hypoallergenic – No.
  • Tests required – Elbow, Eye, Hip.

French Bulldog

French bulldog is a small companion dog. They are intelligent, easy to train and are excellent watch dogs. Their lifespan is much shorter (9-11 years) and it’s typically 11 to 13 inches in height.

Health problems seen in this breeds are entropion, IVDD and hip dysplasia.

  • Cost – $1400 to $2000.
  • Hypoallergenic – No.
  • Tests required – Spine, Eye, Hip, Knee.

German Shepherd

German shepherd is commonly regarded as one of the best police and military breeds in the world. They are strong, intelligent and athletic breed. German shepherd is among the most popular dog breeds (worldwide). These breeds are easy to train and require less maintenance.

There are many health problems seen such as cardiomyopathy, aortic stenosis, cataracts, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, hemivertebrae, gastric dilatation volvulus, compulsive behaviours, degenerative myelopathy and hemivertebrae. They are more costly for their treatments.

  • Cost – $900 to $7000.
  • Hypoallergenic – No.
  • Tests required – Blood, Elbow, Eye, Hip.

English Bulldog

They are stocky, muscular breed with an unmistakable wrinkled face. Despite their intimidating appearance, they are known for being friendly, patient and loyal to their owner. Requires low maintenance, moderate shedding, difficult to train and are good for new owners.

Aortic stenosis, deafness, colitis, entropion, elbow dysplasia, gastric dilatation volvulus, pulmonic stenosis and fold dermatitis are the common health problems seen.

  • Cost – $1500 to $3000.
  • Hypoallergenic – No.
  • Tests required – Elbow, Eye, Hip, Knee.

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