The World's Most Expensive Dog Breeds
While dogs may be man's best friend, the price you pay for this unrequited companionship can be astonishingly high. In some cases, opportunistic breeders have been known to make vast fortunes selling the most prized, in-demand dogs for upwards of $100,000.
So what kinds of breeds go for these incredible sums? Continue reading to find out.
13. Golden Retriever- $1,000
Heralded by many as the quintessential family dog, the Golden Retriever's fluffy goodness will typically cost you around $1,000. With a naturally fleecy coat, regular trips to the vet are also required to groom its coat.
The majestic beauty of this dog doesn't come without its health risks either, with cancer rates among Retrievers notably high.
12. Ibizan Hound- $1,300
With a $1,300 purchase tag, Ibizan Hounds are among the most expensive dogs in the world. However, with an average life expectancy of 12 to 14 years and low maintenance costs, (its coat will cost you around $25 to groom) Ibizian Hounds are worthwhile investments.
Better yet, their chances of developing hip dysplasia are low, while they have a medium risk of going deaf, meaning healthcare costs shouldn't be as high as other breeds. A friendly, outgoing animal, Ibizan Hounds are great for both families and singletons.
11. Irish Wolfhound- $1,500
Lighting up the room with their commanding appearance, Irish Wolfhounds are among the most athletic dogs in the world, so would-be owners must be prepared to give them a lot of time. They must also trained well. As the Irish proverb goes, “Gentle when stroked, fierce when provoked.”
10. Czechoslovakian Vlcak- $1,500
Known commonly in breeding circles as the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog (or Vlčák/Vlčiak), this mighty wolf-like breed was spawned from an experiment conducted in 1955 which saw 48 working line German Shepherds breed with four Carpathian wolves in an effort to create a hybrid type of dog with the discipline and pack mentality of the German Shepherd and the strength and size of the Carpathian wolf.
You can find many along border patrols in and around Czechoslovakia, but if you want to buy one yourself, you'll have to fork out at least $1,500.