Most people know that some dog breeds are more expensive than others, but it is important to take everything into consideration when you are determining the ‘cost’ of a certain breed. It isn’t always just about how much you will pay to get the dog (usually a puppy), but also the amount of upkeep that is required, including special care, grooming, and veterinary expenses. Some dogs really cost a whole lot more than others.
If your family is on a budget, but you want to get a dog, then you may want to get a dog that is suitable for those working with limited income. A dog is never ‘cheap’, so to speak, but it is a good idea to be aware of the ones that might just break your bank!
Today, we are going to take a look at 10 of the most expensive dog breeds. Some people don’t mind having an expensive breed, but if you don’t know how expensive a certain breed can be, then you may not really know what you are getting into. Sure, you may find a great designer breed dog for pretty cheap, but you also have to consider their kennel conditions and their overall health. If you see a dog that is typically pretty pricey for a low price, chances are there is something up. They may have been in an unclean kennel environment, and may even be ill. Always look for pups that have a clean and clear bill of health. If you don’t, then you may find yourself out even more money with expensive veterinary bills.
Without further ado, here are some of the most expensive dog breeds, and a closer look at why they are so very expensive. Some of the dogs on this list might actually surprise you, because you may not have envisioned them as being ‘expensive’.
10 Expensive Dog Breeds to Own
1. Basset Hound
First, there is the Basset Hound. Basset Hounds are not large breeds, but they require the same treatment as large breeds. This is because they have short legs, but their bodies are big. This means they need more expensive medications, larger meals, and more expensive medical care. Their eyes are prone to infection, and so are their ears. They have a lot of folds in their face that need to be cleaned and taken care of to avoid infection as well.
2. Bernese Mountain Dog
Often known as a gentle giant breed, they have long, thick coats that will require a decent amount of grooming. You also have to treat their ears often to prevent ear infection and bacteria build up. This is a breed that is prone to cancers, musculoskeletal issues, and other problems. They often lose their mobility early in life, and this can be quite expensive as well. While you may not pay too much for them when you buy them as a puppy, it doesn’t mean that you won’t pay a whole lot over the years trying to keep up with their medical care.
Rottweilers are pretty expensive, even if you don’t get a puppy. They are typically bred to be show dogs or working dogs, and over the years they have become pricier. Just because they are pricey doesn’t mean that they don’t come without health conditions. Even the best bred Rottweiler pups can have health problems down the road. They are very prone to cancers, and this can be very costly if you choose to treat it. Cardiac issues are also a bit concern. While you will find them to be very loving, it does come at a price.
4. Irish Wolfhound
You may not know this, but the Irish Wolfhound is actually the largest breed of dogs. You have to consider their size before you think about getting one. With a dog of this size, you will need larger accessories and bedding, which will cost you a great deal of money. Since they are such a large breed, they are also more prone to issues such as dysplasia of the hip or elbow, bloat, eye conditions and cardiac disease. These can be costly, and those are expenses that come on top of the expense of buying the puppy.
5. Great Dane
Great Danes are a large breed dog, and they are much like the Irish Wolfhound in this respect. You will spend more money on their supplies, and even more money on their medications. They are prone to similar conditions, including heart conditions, hip dysplasia, bloats, and other ailments. They, however, don’t require too much grooming so that will save you a little bit. Their personalities are charming, making them a very popular breed (check out the most popular dog breeds in The U.S. here), but that doesn’t make them any less expensive.
6. Tibetan Mastiff
The Tibetan Mastiff is a breed that is often used as guards. They have a stubborn temperament and a thick coat that is difficult and costly to care for. With large breed dogs, you also have to consider the fact that they are prone to hip and elbow dysplasia. Other common ailments include skin irritation, eye problems, allergies, cancer, epilepsy and hypothyroidism. These can be expensive health issues. In China, there was actually a Tibetan Mastiff that sold for $2 million, but typically they sell for less than that.
7. Chow Chow
One of the older dog breeds based on their ancestry, the Chow Chow is a Chinese breed that is sure to put a dent in your pocketbook. They have been used for herding, guarding and hunting. The breed in and of itself is quite pricey to purchase, costing you upwards of $1500 or more for a purebred. Then, you also have to consider the fact that they are prone to a few health problems, including eye issues, diabetes, autoimmune disorders and diabetes. Aside from expensive vet bills, you also have to spend more to groom them and keep their coats healthy. They are also prone to fleas, so you need to make sure that you use an effective flea treatment. When it is all said and done, their maintenance is sure to cost you a pretty penny over the years.
8. French Bulldog
French Bulldogs are a lot like English bulldogs in terms of their overall health and wellness. They are very prone to a variety of different ailments, and we all know that vet bills can add up quickly. People really love the French Bulldog because it has a great temperament, but you must consider how much they will cost you over time. They are also not cheap to purchase. You will spend around $2000 for a decent bloodline, and if you want a premium breed, you will pay even more.
9. German Shepherd
German Shepherds are actually one of the most popular breeds out there. Regardless of the bloodline, you will look to spend upwards of $2000. That isn’t all they will cost you. Like many other breeds, German Shepherds are prone to getting cancer, gastrointestinal issues, allergies, and other ailments. This can cost you a lot of money in medical expenses over the years. Due to an increase in their health problems over the years, they are used far less often in the police and military sectors.
10. English Bulldog
The English Bulldog is a really popular breed. They have a very silly personality, and they come across as being downright goofy. This is a breed that comes at a high price. This doesn’t just factor in the cost of actually getting one of the puppies, which can cost up to $3k depending on the breeder. It also considers the fact that they are prone to certain medical conditions. This will require you to spend a fortune on veterinary bills and medical expenses if you aren’t careful. They are especially prone to conditions such as hip dysplasia, heart conditions, overheating, cancer, and certain skin disorders. Their average lifespan is around 8 – 10 years, and that can add up over the years.