Many dog owners take great pride in acquiring a purebred dog possessing rich heritage, but that can come at a hefty price. Getting your money’s worth depends greatly on location, type of breeder, the dog’s pedigree and bloodline. These are just some of the many factors that can dictate a dog’s price tag.
Here’s a look at 10 of the most pricey pooches out there on the market today.
The prices listed below may seem excessive to some readers and you might have seen these breeds for sale for a lot less than these amounts. But there are a number of factors to take into account.
Every state in the US will have breeders and their prices will vary. How popular that breed is in a particular state, the number of breeders hence the availability of puppies, these and other factors will impact the cost.
Also remember that the initial cost of a dog is generally not the most important figure. Over a dog’s lifetime the original cost to buy the puppy doesn’t come close to other bills that you will incur.
1 English Bulldog
English bulldogs are growing in popularity throughout the US and some young pups go for a minimum of $2500 dollars a pop. They are short, strong and muscular with wide shoulders, which gives them a low centre of gravity. This distinctive looking pedigree manoeuvres around with more of a waddle than a walk. They may look fierce and ferocious but you would be hard-pushed to find a more gentle and affectionate dog. They have a short life span of 8-12 years and a mature bulldog can weight between 20-25kg.
2 German Shepherd
– German show lines $4,500 – $10,000 Working Line – $1000
Made famous by the K-9 movies, these highly intelligent dogs are considered the most expensive dog breed in the world and regarded as the 2nd most popular breed in the states. They range in price between $3000-$25,000 dollars. They are large in size, males can grow between 60-65cm in height,. They have domed shaped heads and long muzzles. They have a curious nature, obedient, loyal and very intelligent. They have a general life span of 9-13 years and a mature dog can weight between 23-32kg
3 Chow Chow
$1,000 – $2,000
Large and stocky in size. A Chow Chow’s most distinctive features are their blue/black tongues and their almost upright hind legs. They have wrinkled faces, with deep eyes and a “lionlike” ruff behind their heads. They are known to be very healthy dogs which is partly due to their popularity. They average out between $3000-$8000 dollars in most pets shops.
Their life span ranges from 9-15 years and a mature hound can weight between 25-32kg.
$3000 – $6500
Lowchen is the german word of “lion dog” not just for their similarities to a lion but they are known to be charismatic and courageous. They have a wide head with large looking eyes, and a combination of thick and fine fur across their bodies. They are happy, loving and nice natured animals. The bottom dollar price in most cases starts at $5000 dollars and some citizens paying upwards of $8500 for special breeds. They have a good life span of 12-14 years. An older male weights between 5-8kg.
5 Tibetan Mastiff
$1500 – $3,500
A large to giant breed. These unusual and distinctive looking dogs are valued between $2500-$7000. Some characteristics include: Busy tail, long coat and massive head In 2011 a tibetan Mastiff by the name of “Big Splash” was sold for an astonishing 1.5 million dollars by a Chinese business man, making it the most expensive dog ever sold. They normally live between 12-14years. They are can get as heavy as a massive 82kg.
$1,500 – $3,000
This large, powerful domestic dog was used originally to drive farm cattle. They have broad shoulders and a muscular figure, sometimes employed as rescue dogs and blind dogs. Despite their ferocious reputation, these natural guard dogs are loving, loyal and playful. They can be bought or sold from anywhere between $2000-$8000 depending the quality of the breeder.
They have a relatively short life span of 9-10 years. Older male hounds can get as big as 60kg.
Medium to large dog, foxy face and thick looking coat. Renown for their stunning appearance with some people paying a premium price of up to $8000, the difference will depend largely on it’s look. The coat can range in colour from brilliant white to biscuit brown. This happy- go-lucky dog is a family orientated animal, great with children and loves the great outdoors. Male and females weight in at about 22-28kg and they can live between 12-14 years.
A moderate price range starting at $750 and can go as high as $2,000 depending on the reputation of the dog breeder. Akitas are large with fairly thick coats and plush tails. They are known to be alert, friendly, responsive, honest, and dignified. Akitas are famous for their talents in performance shows and are well known therapy dogs.
The can live a life span of 10-12 years, they can grow as big as 66kg in weight.
9 Pharaoh Hound
Pharaoh Hound’s price ranges between $1,200 to $3,000
The outstanding physical features of the Pharaoh Hound are its athletic appearance. They can also blush like humans, the colour of their ears and nose can turn deep rose when they get excited. They are considered to be quite affectionate and provide great companionship. Pharaoh hounds can be great hunters as they are obedient, strong, and fast. They can live up to 15 years but generally living an average of 12. They generally weight between 25-34kg.
$1000 – $3,000
Regarded as one of the most ancient breeds which may explain their price tag. Valued at around $2500-$3000 from the most reputable breeders. These graceful dog’s are a reserved type breed but are devoted to their people. With their long legs and light limbs, these dogs can run like the wind. They can live between 12-14 years, male Salukis can weight anything between 15-32kg.
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