Top 10 Posh Dog Breeds

By Tom •  Updated: 11/28/20 •  12 min read
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Pet parents choose their specific pets for a variety of reasons—some people prefer specific breeds, while others might choose to adopt a dog based on personality, looks, etc. There are some pet parents who may prefer to have a showy dog—perhaps one of the most expensive breeds in the world.

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We’ve created a list of the 10 top most expensive breeds in the world—maybe you’ll find your furry canine companion on this list! Before we review these expensive dog breeds, it’s a good idea what to consider when looking for a rare, expensive dog.

Purebred Dogs: Why Choose One?

Buying a purebred dog directly from the breeder is often seen as bad, when so many shelters dogs are waiting to be adopted. So, why do people choose to buy a purebred, rather than a shelter dog? Purebred dogs, from a responsible breeder, are often a good choice if you’re looking for a dog that’s guaranteed to be healthy and free of health problems. Searching for responsible breeders can take time and effort. You’ll want to ensure that your purebred puppy or adult dog actually comes from a responsible dog breeder and not a puppy mill. Look for these signs a breeder is responsible:

Additional benefits of buying a purebred pup include predictability of personality and other traits—you’ll know what your dog will look like as an adult (size, coloring, etc.) and you’ll have a good idea of what his personality will be like.

Some people prefer the novelty and exclusiveness that come with certain breeds, including those that are the priciest.

Most Expensive Dog Breeds to Buy

If you’re looking to bring home an expensive dog, then check out the following breeds. They come from various backgrounds, with a variety of traits! You just might find your next best canine companion in this group.

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1. Rottweiler

Typically cost from $1000 to $4000: this dog breed is one of the most popular in the United States. They’re known for their loyalty, intelligence and confidence. Rotties are prone to certain diseases such as heart disease, bone cancer, eye disease and others. They need a pet parent with a firm hand, though they are docile and natural guard dogs. They’re highly intelligent and need to be trained and properly socialized at a young age. They also make good companions with children.

2. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Typically costs from $1800 to $3500 USD: this breed is a known for their dependent personality and their love of people. They love to chase prey, especially birds, rabbits and other small animals, so they need to be kept in a fenced yard and on the leash at all times. Cavaliers are not meant to be yard dogs, but do much better living inside. Cavalier King Charles Springer Spaniels know how to use their large, dark eyes…and they can do it well. Their faces have a sweet expression that’s hard to ignore. These dogs love their people and want to stay near them at all times. When training, they respond best to positive reinforcement—they’re also sensitive and don’t take harsh reprimands very well.

3. English Bull Dog

Typically cost between $1500 to $4000 USD: these dogs have become more popular in recent years. Also known as British Bulldogs, they originally were brought to Britain by Roman soldiers, who used them for bullbaiting. These days, English Bull Dogs make excellent family pets. They can be stubborn and lazy, but they need to be exercised every day, as the breed tends to fat and gaining weight. Bulldogs are sensitive to cold, so need to wear a coat/shirt in the cooler months. In addition, this breed has a tendency to develop brachycephalic airway syndrome, due to their short muzzles.

4. Saluki

Typically costs from $1000 to $USD 3000. These are one of the oldest domesticated dogs in the world. They’re known for being confident, independent on the one hand, while on the other hand they’re known for being obedient. These fast, skinny dogs are beautiful with the long hair and coloring. This graceful breed needs to be kept in a fenced-yard, where they can run and play. Salukis can be shy and easily frightened. They’re also known for being stubborn and ignoring their pet parents on occasion!

5. Chows Chow

Typically cost between $800-$5000 USD: these proud, independent dogs seem like cats to some people—they’re not known for being friendly or affectionate. Chow Chows require a lot of grooming—you’ll need to brush his fur every day to keep his hair from tangling. These beautiful dogs strongly resemble a teddy bear and don’t like being showered with hugs and kisses. You’ll know it when you see a Chow Chow—his tongue will have blue/black markings, which resemble ink blots.

6. Akita Inu

Typically cost between $750-$2500 USD: are originally from Japan, where they were bred and raised to be guard dogs for the nobles. They were also used to hunt, especially wild boar, black bear, and deer. This breed is known for strong loyalty and affection to their pet parents and families. They’re also excellent watch dogs and are unsure of strangers. Akitas can be aggressive with other dogs and pets in the home.

They like to be dominant, so are not the best choice for first-time doggie parents.

Expensive Dog Breeds in the U.S.

What are the most expensive dog breeds available in the U.S.? If you live in the U.S. and would like to find an expensive dog, then check out this short (not exhaustive) list of pricey pets. Your fur baby may be one of these!

7. Pharaoh Hounds

The average price is $1250: these are large dogs known for their reddish color and sleek physique.

8. Ibizan Hound

The average price is $1300: this is an ancient dog breed originally used for hunting rabbits on the Balearic Islands in Spain. Ibizans are known for their speed and deer-like build.

9. Dogo Argentino

The average price is $1200: these large dogs have a longer lifespan than most large dogs, coming in at 12 years. This breed was originally developed to hunt, especially wild boar. They’re famous for their intelligence, strong build and agility.

10. Afghan Hounds

The average price is $2000: this breed is recognized for being tall and lanky, with long flowing hair. These elegant dogs are also an ancient breed that originally come from Afghanistan. Grooming is needed every day in order to maintain the Afghan Hound’s luxurious silky hair.

We’ve reviewed some of the most expensive dogs breeds around, but if you’re looking for dogs preferred by rich people, posh or luxury breeds, then read on. Next, we’ll take a look at dogs preferred by the rich!

Rich Person Dog Breeds

It’s a fact that most wealthy people prefer dogs over cats. According to a survey by Mars PetCare, dog owners were two times more likely to work in finance, where jobs often pay higher salaries. So, which breeds do the rich prefer?

Posh Dog Breeds

Are you in to posh? Then check out these dog breeds considered the poshest around. Let’s take a look!

Luxurious Dog Breeds

Haven’t found your fur baby yet? Would you like one of the most luxurious dog breeds around? Then check out our list of luxury dog breeds—your canine companion could be one of these!

As you can see, there’s a wide variety of expensive, purebred dogs to choose from. We hope this guide helps you find your new precious, luxurious fur baby.

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Tom

Tom has always loved to write since he was little - he wanted to be either a writer or a veterinary doctor, but he ended up being a professional writer while most of his works are based on animals. He was born in San Francisco but later moved to Texas to continue his job as a writer. He graduated from the University of San Francisco where he studied biotechnology. He is happily married and a soon to be father!

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