Dogs are man’s best friend. When it comes to these lovable creatures, it hard not to fall in love when their big puppy eyes are pleading to be taken home. As of 2017, there are a total of 89.7 million dogs living in a household across America, which proves that a lot of people are truly dog lovers. There are many types or breeds of dogs a person can own, from Pitbulls to German Shepherds, but there are some dogs that cost more than others to own.
The cost of a dog depends on its bloodline, weight, and height. Which dogs are the most costly to own? Continue reading to find out!
10 Tibetan Mastiff - $20,000
This large, lovable creature may cost a pretty penny, but to be able to hug on that fur all day long may be worth it. The Tibetan Mastiff is a large Tibetan breed that belongs to the mastiff family. Because of its size, the Tibetan Mastiff is usually used as a guard dog, with some nomadic cultures having it used to keep their sheep safe from wolves or tigers.
A full-grown Tibetan Mastiff can cost up to $20,000, but due to its large stature and the peace of mind it brings because of its fierce nature, that money will go to good use. Not mention, it is adorable!
9 Canadian Eskimo Dog - $16,000
This Arctic dog breed originally came from Siberia and was brought to America by the Thule people 1,000 years ago. The Canadian Eskimo Dog is one of the oldest and rarest breeds and considered to be smart, loyal, and alert.
These dogs were used as "working dogs" in the Arctic region of North America, but as of 2008, they are now faced with extinction. Currently, there are only 300 purebreds in America, which makes their price of $16,000 not too far-fetched.
8 Czechoslovakian Vlcak - $1,500
The Czechoslovakian Vlcak is considered to be a "new breed," as its lineage dates back to the 1950s. This wolf-dog was created due to an experiment in Slovakia between German Shepherds and Carpathian wolves.
The breed was intended to be used for special operations and engineered to be attack dogs. However, they are now used for hunting, tracking, and drafting in Europe and the United States. Estimated costs for this mixed breed can be up to $1,500.
7 Saluki - $2,500
The Saluki is also known as "The Royal Dog of Egypt", and it is a standardized breed of dog. This breed was created from sight-hounds, which are dogs that can hunt by sight and not scent, and was also originally bred in the Fertile Crescent.
These long-legged animals have been considered to be a loyal companion, very affectionate, and also independent. The price for the Saluki is up to $2,500, but who could put a price on such a unique and reliable dog?
6 Peruvian Inca Orchid - $3,000
The Peruvian Inca Orchid is a hairless breed and is probably one of the world's most ancient animals. This breed is thought to be originated from the Incan dog because it was kept during the Inca Empir. However, it was also discovered that they were used as pets from the Peruvian northern coastal zone.
While their appearance isn't as appealing as most dogs, they don't require much up-keep due to being hairless. They are also known to be very affectionate towards women and children but are very wary of strangers. The price to own this rare-breed is $3,000.
5 American Bully - $15,000
Considered to be one of the best varieties of the pit bull, this classic breed has been recognized by the United Kennel Club as loving and friendly. The American Bully can come in different sizes from small to large and has a very broad face structure. The bully was founded between the 1980s and the 1990s after being produced from the American Staffordshire Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier.
Prices for this family-friendly dog can cost up to $15,000, but it is considered to be the best companion dog, which may make it worth the money.
4 Samoyed - $14,000
Another expensive dog-breed is the beautiful, all-white Samoyed dog. The Samoyed dog is a descendant from the Nenets hearing Iakia and earned its name from the Samoyedic people of Siberia. Also known as Bjelkier, these dogs have a distinct white coat that protects them from the brutally cold temperatures in Siberia.
The Samoyed also have another distinct feature: a rare smile that keeps the upturned corners of their mouth from drooling. The Samoyeds have a life expectancy of 12-14 years and cost about $14,000, but they are considered to be extremely social and don't mind a lot of love or attention.
3 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel - $12,000
These classic toy dogs are easy to love with their silky, smooth coat and those adorable round eyes. The Cavalier King Charles breed originates from the United Kingdom; however, they are now a very popular breed in America.
The Cavaliers comes in four different colors: black and tan, ruby, tri-color (black/white/tan), and Blenheim (chestnut and white). These dogs were bred to resemble King Charles I and II's court dogs, which is why they cost $12,000 to own. They are known to be very lovable, playful, and they don't mind having their belly rubbed.
2 Chow Chow - $10,000
Another lovable, large, and furry breed is the Chow Chow, which is another old and very rare breed. The Chow Chow originated from Northern-China almost 2,000 years ago. The Chow Chow is also known as the "puffy lion dog" due to its weight of about 70 pounds and its captivating smile.
These dogs are independent and loyal, but also are a bit standoffish, which means they require lots of activities to keep them entertained. The cost for this breed is $10,000.
1 Akita - $5,000
This Japanese breed will cost about $5,000 to own, but given its history and appearance, it's easy to see why. The Akita has two separate varieties: the Akita Inu and the American Akita. Some Akitas come in very rare colors, such as Pinto or Red Fawn.
They also have a unique, short double-coat and are very affectionate with family members. They are distant towards strangers and have a very powerful, dominant trait. The only downside about owning an Akita is that they are very sensitive to drugs and have various genetic conditions.