Buying a dog can be very expensive.
You need to budget for a doggy bed, walking supplies, vet appointments, chew toys, and endless bags of chow. But if your dog of choice is one of these breeds, a lifetime of dog food might be the least of your expenses.
6. Rottweiler: $1,000 - $4,000
Rottweilers are big, strong dogs, naturally keen to position themselves as family guardians. But that doesn't mean they can't be playful and aloof, too. Purebred rottweilers tend to have a silly, deeply affectionate side that makes them desirable as both protectors and companions. Perhaps that's why their average price tag breaks the $1000 mark.
5. English Bulldog: $1,500 - $4,000
In spite of their brawny appearance, English bulldogs tend to have extremely gentle dispositions. They love being around their family, and are great around small children, too. Due to their relaxed energy levels and low exercise needs, English bulldogs also make great apartment pets. Their loving nature justifies the price tag.
4. Pharaoh Hound: $1,500 - $5,000
Originally bred to hunt small game across the rocky terrain of Malta, the pharaoh hound breed dates back to antiquity. Intelligent, graceful, and fast, pharaoh hounds are a popular breed at dog shows. Their ease as household pets coupled with their competitive potential makes pharaoh hounds especially desirable to wealthy owners.
3. Tibetan Mastiff: $500 – $5,000 / $2 million
Massive, yet surprisingly agile, Tibetan mastiffs can weigh up to 150 pounds. It's no surprise, considering they were initially bred by nomads in Asia to protect sheeps from large predators like wolves, bears, and tigers. Fun fact: the most expensive dog ever sold was a golden-haired Tibetan mastiff puppy for 12 million yuan (1.95 million USD) in China.
2. Samoyed: $1,000 - $8,000
Samoyeds are fluffy, white, reindeer-herding dogs from Siberia. In fact, their constantly smiling faces are actually optimized to prevent their drool from freezing. But despite looking like harmless sentient snowballs, Samoyeds tend to be mischievous, highly-energetic pack animals that require a strong alpha to keep their behavior in check.
1. Lowchens: $10,000+
An incredibly popular toy dog breed on the competitive circuit, Lowchens are obedient and agile enough to consistently outperform their competition. Lowchen means "little lion" in German, and the breed certainly looks like its name—small and cute with a fluffy mane of hair. On top of their competitive potential, Lowchens are also easy to train and make great family companions.