20 Most Expensive Breeds to Own
3. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
If you’re looking for a loving, yet dignified companion, consider investing in a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. This tiny toy breed has a truly interesting lineage that goes back to the 1600s and its namesake, King Charles II of Britain.
Throughout history, it has featured prominently on tapestries and in artwork as an aristocratic pet of wealthy families. The Cavalier has been revered for centuries for his looks, his temperament and his devotion.
According to the American Kennel Club, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a sweet and gentle breed that excels at offering companionship. Often used as therapy dogs, they can be at once energetic and loving. This breed makes a good pet for families with children because of its amicable nature.
Cavies first came to the United States in the 1950s, and quickly became a favorite among wealthier families for their cute appearance and affectionate personality. If you take one on as a pet, buy a brush – this breed’s long and luxurious coat needs to be groomed several times a week to keep him looking and feeling his best.
Long coats like his are notorious for picking up debris like burrs and grass seeds. They also have a tendency to mat up when not brushed frequently – a situation that’s uncomfortable for the dog and that reflects poorly on his human owner.
Ronald Reagan owned a Cavalier, so did Frank Sinatra. More recently, this breed has resided as the beloved pets of such celebrities as Courtney Cox of “Friends” fame, country singer Brad Paisley, and actress Liv Tyler. Charlotte’s dog, Elizabeth Taylor, on “Sex and the City” was a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, according to ILoveCavaliers website.
A well-bred Cavalier pup from a top breeder will set you back about $1,100 – still paltry in comparison to several other breeds.