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The Most Expensive Dog Breeds in 2018

Ever wondered what the most expensive dog breeds are around town and the price some owners are willing to spend on their furry family member? Pet Insurance Australia did some impressive digging to find out who tops the list of the most expensive dogs to own in 2018.

Like fancy cars, expensive handbags and jewellery, the type of dog breed you own is fast becoming something of a social status. As the ‘designer’ dog breeds market became big news back in early 2000, with many new breeds coming to light promising less allergies and better looks. Today, many canine lovers pride themselves on the ‘pure’, ‘designer’ or ‘rare’ dog breeds that grace their homes.

In China the dog breed prestige was taken to new heights with one particular dog breed being sold for a whopping $2.09 million Australian dollars! The one-year old Tibetan Mastiff normally presents a price tag ranging from $2,000-$8,000 on the shores of Australia, however overseas these breeds can reach incredibly high amounts.

These huge dogs represent a prized wealthy symbol among the rich and famous in China. Because of this, their price tags just keep increasing to ridiculous amounts. In Australia the rise of the very popular French Bulldog has seen puppy prices skyrocket. These breeds can reach anywhere from $2,000 – to $20,000!

The price will also depend on the quality of breeding, and what you intend to use your dog for. Show dogs or those intended for breeding and continuing a prized bloodline are normally much more pricy in comparison to companion and house dogs.


#10 - Yorkshire Terriers

As one of the most popular toy breeds around, the Yorkshire Terrier is certainly a popular canine companion around the world. Their lovely carefree nature and loyalty makes them a wonderful addition to any loving home. They will not only cost you anywhere from $2,000 upwards, depending on your breeder, they will also need professional attention from a qualified groomer.

#9 – Rottweiler

The loyal and loving Rottweiler is a popular amongst many dog lovers. 

Their strong stature and beautiful nature make them a family winner and an outright breed favourite in many countries. 

Depending on where you reside, your chosen breeder and what you intend to use your dog for (breeding/showing etc), the Rotty could set you back an impressive $6,000!

#8 – Saluki
This beautiful sighthound is well-known as one of the ‘supermodels’ of the dog world. This quiet and loving canine champion is sure to turn heads down at the local park. They need a good dose of training and care, as their desire to run and ‘give chase’ is unbearably strong. So too is the breeds price tag! Some Salukis have been known to sell for $6,000 plus, depending on country and level of breeding and bloodline.

#7 – Pharaoh Hound
With one of the best smiles in the business the Pharaoh Hounds is one impressive breed. They are an incredibly intelligent and affectionate breed, that are known for their happiness and ability to make people smile. Being quite rare they can reach an impressive price tag particularly in some parts of the world. To own one of these adorable dogs you could be looking at paying upwards of $7,000.


#6 - Chow Chow

The Chow Chow is famous for their loyal and protective nature. They are an impressive looking breed that need a consistent and strong leader. The Chow Chow comes in two different coat types including rough and smooth and both varieties will need a decent amount of grooming. Being seasonal shedders, some owners call in the experts during this time to help with the masses of hair, that will also come at a cost. Your Chow Chow could cost upwards of $9,000.


#5 – English/British Bulldog

This sweet breed is a crowd favourite when it comes to attention and charm. Being wonderful family companion and pretty low maintenance on the exercise front makes them a welcome addition to many homes. 

Good breeding is paramount, as being a Brachycephalic breed (a shortened skull, short nose and a flat face), they can face many health problems

Expect to pay upwards of $10,000 for one of these stunning and well-bred dogs.

#4 - Samoyed

This beautiful white and bright dog makes an incredible family companion. They are friendly and make a very loyal furry family member. They are also wonderfully active dogs that enjoy spending time in the great outdoors with those special humans who they adore. However, this constant and beautiful relationship comes at a price. For a well-bred Samoyed you could be paying upwards of $10,000!


#3 – Lowchens

This ‘Little Lion Dog’ is a very smart and active companion breed who thrives in a loving and affectionate home. A playful and very soft breed they make wonderful family additions for all ages. However, the rarity of this breed makes them very expensive. Some pups can reach upwards of $10,000!


#2 – French Bulldog

The incredibly popular and loving French Bulldog is certainly a crowd pleaser. This adorable breed is not easy to come by, but they are well worth the wait! The Frenchie was bred for one purpose only, to be a cuddling cute companion - something they are known to excel in. However, they are also a Brachycephalic breed (a shortened skull, short nose and a flat face), so good breeding is vital to reduce possible health problems. These dogs can reach anywhere from $2,000 to $20,000 depending on the breeder.

And…drumroll…the most expensive dog in 2018 is ...


#1 – Tibetan Mastiff

Well-known as a symbol of wealth in some countries, the Tibetan Mastiff is a powerful and large dog that requires a decent amount of training and grooming. 

This only adds to the costs of owning one of these impressive dogs. In some places of the world this breed can sell from between $8,000 - $10,000 however, this breed has broken many records over time with the most recent being a huge price-tag of $2.09 million Australian dollars paid by a property developer in China.

MEDIA RELEASE, 20th September 2018
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