Everybody knows puppies are the cutest things on the planet. (You may be thinking, ‘What about kittens?!’ and we admit those are cute, too, but we’re talking puppies right now.) And it’s easy to find them. Every town in America has a local animal shelter where families can go and find a friend anytime they want, and even at little to no cost!
But if you want a specific breed of dog, it may not come cheap. If you’re looking for purebred with all the documentation and desired characteristics, it often comes with a hefty price tag attached. Here are twenty of the most expensive dog breeds that money can buy…
These iconic dogs are known for their use in law enforcement, which is no surprise considering their intelligence and athleticism. They make excellent pets, guard dogs, and are even used as seeing eye dogs. A German Shepherd puppy will usually cost between $500 and $1,500 dollars.
Originally from China, these teddy bear doppelgangers are fairly rare in the United States. They are a highly intelligent breed with a tendency to be very protective of their owners. For one of these balls of fluff and love, you can typically expect to spend around $2,000.
Looking sort of like an all-white Husky, these clouds with ears are as sweet as they are beautiful. They tend to be extremely affectionate and gentle, giving them an ideal temperament for children, the elderly, or people with a physical disability. But all that love comes with at a cost of around $1,500.
German for “little lion,” these little lookers were once considered the rarest dogs in the world, with only 65 registered examples of the breed on earth at one point in the ‘70s. Because of that rarity, this highly trainable toy breed has traditionally been the plaything of the well-to-do. They would have to be, considering they usually go for about $5,000.
Affectionately referred to as “long boys” in some corners of the Internet, these slender dogs are known as much for their impressive speed as their distinctive looks. They are very energetic dogs and require lots of daily exercise. If they get it, they are gentle, good with other dogs, and love to lounge. They usually cost around $1,500.
With ears reminiscent of Anubis, these lithe and lanky dogs are quick, graceful and very playful. They’re usually sociable with other dogs, and are great jumpers so take care that your fence is high enough. They also tend to have a bit of an independent streak but if properly trained, make excellent pets. They typically cost about $2,000
These big buddies epitomize the idea of the gentle giant, growing as large as 150 pounds. But though they were originally bred to be guard dogs, they are typically quite mellow by nature, perhaps because they’re too big to be scared by anything. They usually cost around $2,000 but keep in mind that you’ll have to pay for extra food, too.
Portuguese Water Dog
Just as their name implies, these dogs love to swim. They’ve even got webbed feet. They’re calm, intelligent, and make excellent family companions. It’s no wonder this was the breed of choice for the Obama’s First Dog. It wouldn’t hurt to make Presidential paychecks if you’d like to own one, considering they usually go for $2,500.
These pups are just about as big as they come, weighing more than 160 pounds and sometimes reaching seven feet in length. They were bred to be so large for hunting but are generally calm and mellow. They’ll run you about $1,500, not counting all the food they’ll steal off of your kitchen counters.
Old English Sheepdog
These strong, good natured animals were formerly used for droving, the practice of moving livestock long distances by walking them “on the hoof.” Now, they spend far more time getting pets and snuggling up to their owners. These fluffy fellows generally go for about $1,300.
These dogs originated in Japan, where they were once used to hunt big game. Now, they’re known for their cute, distinctive looks, lustrous coats, and beautifully plumed tails. They’re a large, powerful and independent breed, aloof with strangers and affectionate with family. These guys usually cost around $1,000.
Chinese Crested Hairless
These dogs are absolutely unique in their appearance, looking a bit like tiny horses and a bit like David Bowie’s character in Labyrinth. If you watch dog shows at all, you’ve almost certainly seen them strutting around. A fancy little dog in every way, they can go for as much as $4,000.
Don’t let their naturally grumpy-looking expression fool you, they’re quite affectionate at heart. The portly little meatballs are very muscular and stout and are quite determined and courageous in a pinch. You might pay around $2,000 for one.
Black Russian Terrier
Not technically a true terrier, this is one of the rarer dog breeds. Originally bred in the former USSR during the late 1940s for military and labor purposes, they’ve got the work ethic, and calm, confident demeanor of a soldier. This deeply loyal dog usually costs around $1,500.
Also known as an Italian Mastiff, these dogs look a bit like an overgrown pit bull. They can grow to be over 100 pounds, but are complete softies at heart. They are extremely docile, affectionate and easily trained, making them highly prized pets. For the cost of about $1,500 they can be yours.
This is one of the most distinctive looking breeds of dog, looking almost more like a lamb than a dog. They’ve been described as clever and “plucky” in their personality and also have a distinctive bark, like something akin to a machine gun. One of these rare and strange creatures typically costs $1,500.
Made famous by the 1992 film Beethoven, these big, droop-jowled working dogs are also known for going out to find lost skiers in the alps with a small barrel of brandy around their necks. They’re truly massive dogs, sometimes growing to be more than 250 pounds, so be sure to add the cost of food onto the $1,500 price tag.
Known chiefly as a police or military animal, “rotties” are loyal and affectionate to their families but reserved around strangers. They also grow to be as much as 130 pounds, making them an ideal guard dog for the home. A purebred rottie can cost as much as $2,500.
Kerry Blue Terrier
Also known as the Irish Blue Terrier, these dogs have a beautiful distinctive coat that can be any number of darker shades of blue, hence their name. They are highly energetic, and sociable with people, though sometimes need a little extra training to get along well with other dogs. You can pet their teddy bear-like fur for the cost of $1,000.
Named after the British painter Sir Edwin Henry Landseer, this breed is not officially recognized by all kennel clubs. They can weigh up to 175 lbs and have an extremely peaceful and loving nature. On the downside, they have a tendency to drool but if you can see past that, you can have one of these lovely dogs for around $2,000.