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20 Most Expensive Breeds to Own


If you had an extra million dollars or two laying around, would you drop it all on man’s best friend? Some people would, and in fact, they have. Owning a dog is a big business for some over-the-top animal lovers who think nothing of spending thousands or even millions of dollars to own that one-of-a-kind pooch of their dreams.

Whether it’s their luxurious coats, their aristocratic history or their lovable personalities, some breeds of dog garner bigger money on the pet and show dog circuit than others.

If it’s Mastiffs, Terriers and/or Spaniels that occupy your dreams at night, proceed with caution – these breeds have all made the list of World’s Most Expensive Dog Breeds. They are the fancy colored diamonds of the domesticated pet world.

1. Lowchen

Lowchen – the little dog with the big personality. Bred purely for companionship, Lowchens excel at giving love and puppy kisses. In German, the name means “Little Lion.” This is due, in part, to the Lowchen’s distinctive trim in which the mane is left shaggy and full while the hindquarters are shaved close.

In days of old, it’s rumored this cut had a functional purpose – the little dogs slept in the beds of princesses with their close-cropped end under the covers to help warm them, and the shaggy mane outside the covers to help draw away fleas.

Regardless of its more “useful” past, this breed has changed little down through the centuries – still accustomed to a life filled with pampering and pleasure, Lowchens function best and remain happiest when lolling about on the beds and couches of their master’s home. If you bring one home, prepare to spoil him.

Dating back to the 16th Century, Lowchens are featured prominently in the artwork and painting of the ages. This breed may be tiny, but it’s fearless. According to the Lowchen Club of America, it’s the Lowchen’s lack of fear that makes it such a good competition dog.

Grooming is essential for the Lowchen owner. Thick hair that mats easily must be brushed several times a week at least to help the dog remain comfortable.

Lowchens enjoy a life of leisurely fun – a nice walk once a day, good grooming, a family to love them – if they have these necessities, this breed will remain an affable and likeable companion.

Aside from the work involved, this breed makes a wonderful family pet. To bring one home, set aside at least $800. And, although you may not realize it, this is small beans compared to several other breeds of dog that consistently attract the wealthiest pet owners around the globe.

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  • FredC1968

    I was adopted by a Chow. She wasn’t a friendly dog. She was kinda an @$$hole.

    • Gail F

      Chows are known to be a somewhat aloof breed, usually loyal to their owners and not interested in other people (or dogs). They can occasionally be dog-aggressive.

  • harrison bergeron

    obviously the owners of this site care more about money than the well being of dogs — i get this from the fact that they advertise ‘gorilla max’ dog supplements for muscle building in dogs — with a picture of a pit bull obviously being trained for dog fighting .
    how sick are you people ?

  • AngryPatriot5

    You can save tons of money while also giving your dogs optimal health and a much longer life by not vaccinating them and feeding them an organic, raw meat diet. My last 2 dogs lived to be 20 yrs old and there’s a woman in CA who has a 25 yr old dog from being reared this way. Research both things for yourself and learn the facts. Vaccines are toxic; they destroy the immune system and health of any creature who is vaccinated.

    • Andrew Rockliffe

      Agree 100% with this, as does Mabel, my Jack Russell. Don’t give them the rubbish meat though, best cuts run out at about £10 a week, if you don’t think your dog is worth that, don’t bother getting one.

      • jlo1965

        As a veterinarian I tend to agree . I don’t agree with not vaccinating pets. However they go overboard with boosters every year and this is not necessary. Dogs and cats who eat an all-fresh food diet have better coats, fewer dental problems, fresher breath and less body odor. Furthermore, dogs and particularly cats are natural predators – they
        simply do better eating fresh, species-appropriate raw meat instead of processed and persevered foods. Cats, for instance, have thrived on hunting and eating their prey raw for eons. Hundreds of thousands of years cannot be waved away by a few generations of eating commercial pet food,

  • BK Martin

    AKC breeders are RUINING the Tibetan Mastiff. The thing in the picture bears little resemblance to what the Tibetan Mastiff once was; a huge massive beast of a dog…

  • Dee Severe

    The best dogs are — rescued! They will love you forever because they know you saved their life. BTW, there are lots of German Shepherds, Chows (and mixes thereof) and little dogs that kind of look like #3 who die every day at the pound. Please don’t shop, adopt!

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