Most Expensive Dog Breeds

What’s not to love about dogs? A well-trained dog can be an asset to anyone’s life, but getting one isn’t always easy. Some dogs are known for being more expensive than others, and breeding associations around the world zealously guard the purity of top breeds. If you aren’t able to go down to your local animal shelter and pick out a rescue dog, take a look at this list before visiting a breeder. Some breeds are known for breaking the bank more than others!

Chow Chow

Beloved by people around the world due to their teddy-bear-like appearance and docile temperament, Chow Chows are also great with children. They need to be trained by a dominant owner, but once they are aware of their position in the pack, they become excellent companions. Pictures on Chinese pottery dating back as far as 206 BC show dogs that resemble the Chow Chow, making them one of the oldest dog breeds in the world. Puppies with especially dense or beautiful coats are prized, and make excellent show dogs. They are typically sold for $1500 as puppies.

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Waldemar Dabrowski & VKarlov / Shutterstock.com

Irish Wolfhound

The Irish Wolfhound was first bred as a wolf hunting dog as early as 391 AD. They were so useful in wars and in hunting large game that they were often given as gifts from one royal family to another. Modern Irish Wolfhounds are gentle giants that can reach over 7 feet tall when standing on their hind legs, and are often used as guard dogs simply because of their size. The average Irish Wolfhound pup costs around $1,900.

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Saluki

Also known as a Gazelle Hound or Persian Greyhound, a Saluki is an elegant breed of dog that has beautiful fluffy ears and a long, lean body. Salukis are gentle and loyal dogs that makes great companions for people of any age. Originally bred in the Persian Gulf region, Salukis were often found mummified alongside the bodies of Pharaohs. Historically, Muslims in the region considered them sacred, and consequently they were never sold, only offered as gifts. Now, they can be bought for around $2,500 per puppy.

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