The Six Most Expensive Dogs

When you feel exhausted, emotionally down or simply problematic, there’s nothing more rewarding than a hug from the so called man’s ultimate best friend – a compassionate dog.

As a dog lover and a parent to four lively dogs, there is no doubt in my mind that having these fur babies bring a lot of positivity to my life.  A dog is an animal which I consider as part of my family. Certainly, they’re my bundle of pure joy! There may be times that they produce endless clutters in my house, but hey, I don’t mind. How can I not be happy knowing that these babies love me unconditionally? How can I complain when the very first thing I see every morning is their heart-melting smiles and playfully wagging tails? Definitely, there’s no room for hate.

My husband and I adopted our first dog five years ago. At first, we thought that by having a pup would help us save money because instead of going to dates and gigs, we’ll just stay home with our lovable four-legged baby. However, we realized that we were so wrong.

I am not discouraging anyone, but for starters, having a pup is more costly than you think. From their food, grooming, chew toys and vet fees, one cannot instantly save some pennies. Nonetheless, with a dog around you, the potential for stash is way more than you could ever imagine.

Dogs can be very beneficial for owners. Studies have shown that dogs provide excellent means of improving humans’ immune system. It’s typically a give and take relationship.

Just like cats, there are many known breeds of dogs scattered throughout the globe nowadays and human are still trying to add more to the roster. There are small and cute dogs that are considered toys and good as in-house family members and there are also massive and ferocious-looking dogs bred for game and guarding properties. However, the dog sizes is not a determining factor when it comes to their trade price, it’s actually the rarity of the breed. If you’re very particular on saving up yet you wanted a dog so badly, then you go for the cheap and usually common breeds. However, if money is not an issue and fame is what you’re after then there are also a few choices you can look into.

So for people out there who are planning to buy a charming pup and money is not an issue, here are the six most expensive dogs in the world! You’ll be surprised as much as I am!

Portuguese Water Dog

Average Puppy Price: $2,500

Description:

The Portuguese Water Dog or Cão de Água, is a rare breed and originated in Algarve, Portugal. The name was derived from the initial purpose of this breed – as fishing trips’ crew. Portuguese Water Dogs are moderate coated type, yet they are considered as hypoallergenic kind. Their non-shedding traits have made them famous over the years. This breed has a muscular body structure.

The standard height of a male Portuguese Water Dog is 51- 58 centimeters (20- 23 inches) and can weigh from 18-27 kilograms (40-60 pounds). While for female, the standard height is 43-53 centimeters (17-21 inches) and can weigh from 16-23 kilograms (35-50 pounds).

Temperament:

Portuguese Water Dog can be a great buddy. They are affectionate, self-determining, smart, and are easily trained. Normally, they are friendly to everyone, even to strangers. Unlike any other breeds, this kind of dog tends to mature slowly.

Average Life Expectancy:

About 12 years.

English Bulldog

Average Puppy Price: $3,000

Description:

The English Bulldog or commonly known as Bulldog alone, is a medium-sized and muscular breed. They are widely recognized by their wrinkled face and push-in nose. According to the American Kennel Club, English Bulldogs ranked fourth among the most famous breed.

Male Bulldog’s standard weight is 23 kilograms (50 pounds), while the female can weigh up to 18 kilograms (40 pounds).

Temperament:

This breed is sociable and affectionate, dignified rather than lively, and can be stubborn at times. Bulldogs need early exposure to people and everything around him. Conversely, Bulldogs are regarded as exceptional pets because of their ability to form strong bonds with kids.

Average Life Expectancy:

About 12 years.

Tibetan Mastiff

Average Puppy Price: $3,000

Description:

The Tibetan Mastiff (also known as Do-Khyi), is considered as a primitive dog breed. The breed originated in Tibet centuries ago. These heavy-coated breed are originally developed as guard dogs.

The standard height of a male Tibetan Mastiff is 26 inches and can weigh up to 160 or more pounds. Whereas, for females, they are at least 24 inches tall and can weigh from 75 to 125 or more pounds.

Temperament:

Tibetan Mastiffs are highly intellectual, autonomous, stubborn but sensitive to human feelings. This kind of breed is not advised for novice dog owners. Consistency and alertness is the key in training this type of dog since Tibetan Mastiffs are very strong-willed.

Average Life Expectancy:

About 12 years.

Dogo Argentino

Average Puppy Price: $3,900

Description:

The Dogo Argentino (widely known as Argentine Mastiff or Argentine Dogo), is a white, short-coated and large well-muscled dog with a wide deep-set chest. Dogo Argentino breed originated in Argentina, and was first developed for big-game hunting.

The standard height for female is 60-65 centimeters (24-26 inches) and 60-68 centimeters (24-27 inches) for male ones. The adult weight of an Argentine Mastiff ranges from 40-45 kilograms (88-99 pounds).

Temperament:

As with all breeds, the Dogo Argentino is a dedicated dog and can be a great protector of the family.  They are easy to train however, this type of dog is not for everyone to have. Dogo Argentino is a very dominant kind, but with the right owners with firm authority, they can be submissive. Leadership is a must for the owner. It is vital to show consistency and confidence in training this kind of breed.

Average Life Expectancy:

A healthy Dogo Argentino can live up to 13 years.

Löwchen

Average Puppy Price: $4,800 to $8,000

Description:

The Lowchen or commonly known as the Little Lion dog, is regarded as being the rarest dog in the world. The coat of this kind is long and flowing, as well comes in many hues.

For male Lowchen, the standard height is 30-35.6centimeters (12-14 inches) and weight of 5.4-8.1 kilograms (12-18lb). On the other hand, for female Lowchen, height varies from 28-33 centimeters (11-13 inches) and can weigh from 4.5-6.8 kilograms (9.9-15 lb).

Temperament:

Dogs of this breed are friendly and happy. They are highly intellectual, energetic and very playful. It is a quiet breed and definitely makes a good companion for families with kids.

Average Life Expectancy:

A Lowchen can live up to 14 years of age.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Average Puppy Price: $960 to $14,000

Description:

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is classified as a toy dog by the American Kennel Club and The Kennel Club. It has a soft and smooth coat and can be bred in four colors.

The standard weight for a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is 5.9-8.2 kilograms (13-18lb) and a height that ranges from 30-33 centimeters (12-13 inches).

Temperament:

The breed is generally friendly, affectionate and good with both children and other animals however, they require a lot of human interaction.

Average Life Expectancy:

About 14 years of age.