Dog owners go into pet parenthood knowing their new four-legged friend will warrant a budget increase, but there are some dog breeds that cost more than others.
You'll need to budget for food, toys, and vet visits, and you'll also pay a pretty penny for the puppy itself--especially if you go through a reputable breeder.
Puppies range in price from a few hundred dollars to several thousand. Your puppy's price will depend on your area and the specific breeder, but here's a list of some of the most expensive dog breeds.
Pharaoh Hounds conjure images of pyramids and ancient Egyptians. They're powerful, fast dogs, and their lithe bodies give them an elegant and graceful appearance. You'll find them at the top of the class when it comes to obedience trianing, and they also make great hunting dogs.
Their most unique quality is also their most endearing; they can blush. If their ears and nose turn a rosy pink, you know they're happy or excited. Pharaoh Hound puppies range in price from $2,500 to $6,500.
This working breed originated in Japan, it's quite an ancient breed, and is often found in the show ring and excelling in therapy work.
A Japanese Akita is large and powerful with a thick double coat and a trademark plush tail that curls over his back. They thrive in homes where they're considered to be part of the family and enjoy moderate exercise.
On average, an Akita puppy will cost you between $1,500 and $4,500.
Recognized by its "noble and impressive" appearance, this large breed also comes with an impressive price tag. They're strong guardians, but their independent personalities often mean they'd rather be off on their own than participating in obedience training or other organized activities.
If you're looking to add a Tibetan Mastiff to your home, expect to spend between $2,200 and $7,000.
Rottweilers have a complicated reputation of sometimes being viewed as vicious fighting dogs, but they also make excellent police dogs, service dogs, and therapy dogs. They are highly intelligent and loyal guardians that respond well to positive reinforcement training.
Despite common misconceptions about their temperament, Rottweiler puppies run between $2,000 and $8,000.
A Chow Chow may look more like a cotton ball than a desired dog breed, but that fluffy face comes at a price. Their most distinctive feature is the lion's mane that gives their heads that poofy appearance.
These furry friends come with several coat colors including red, black, blue, cinnamon, and cream, but any colored purebred puppy will cost between $3,000 and $8,500.
These small, pointy-eared dogs are becoming more popular, and the rules of supply and demand mean a French Bulldog puppy won't come cheap.
Their wrinkly faces and giant ears make them adorable pets, and their eagerness to please means they excel at obedience training--although their stubborn personalities may require patience on the handler's part.
The average price of a French Bulldog puppy is between $2,000 and $4,000.
A Samoyed is a dog that can do it all. They excel in agility, herding, sledding, weight pulling, and obedience. Their thick white coats are perfect for cold temperatures--not to mention glamorous. Sammies are best known for their adorable black-lipped smile but also their outrageous price.
A Samoyed will cost you between $4,000 and $11,000.
Most these popular dogs have typical health issues of most large dogs, like elbow dysplasia and eye problems. It is always a good idea to have pet insurance, especially for high risk dogs. Other dogs with a high purchase price include pure-bred German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, the Irish Wolfhound, Portuguese Water Dogs, and even Saint Bernards.
A hefty price tag connects all of these dog breeds, but they all have unique personalities and characteristics. These numbers may seem more appropriate for used cars than puppies, but a used car won't give you the love, fulfillment, and companionship that any one of these magnificent, albeit expensive, breeds will provide.
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