The 5 Most Expensive Dog Breeds to Own:
There are many things to consider when looking to purchase a new puppy from a breeder or adopt from a rescue or shelter. (we at The I Love Dogs Site believe adoption is the best option!) Many of us are dead-set on certain breeds. Others aren’t quite sure. Regardless, cost is always a factor when deciding to add a dog to your home. There are many things that bring up the cost of the dog outside of the purchase price – and these include crates, toys, beds, kennels, food, and health issues. While health testing is at an all-time high for breeders who are working hard to eliminate the problems in their breeds, there are still many people out there who simply don’t know or don’t care about how health problems can affect our lives as well as our dog’s. Below we’ve compiled a list of the most expensive dog breeds to own based on these criteria, and came up with the conclusions from our active, personal experience in showing and training dogs, as well as conversations with excellent breeders and veterinarians.
2.German Shepherd Dog:
One of the most popular dogs in the world also happens to be one of the least healthy. It’s unfortunate, but true. A well-bred German Shepherd can be difficult to find, and you’re likely to spend around $2,500 regardless of bloodline. Like the English Bulldog, German Shepherds require more than just the purchase price of the puppy. They are likely to have allergies, gastrointestinal ailments, bloat, cancer, Degenerative Myelopathy, and have hip and elbow dysplasia. In fact, their decreasing health is part of the reason for their decline in work fields such as police, military, and search and rescue.
Just like their English cousins, French Bulldogs often have a multitude of ailments in just one specimen. Although their temperaments are typically wonderful, their physical health results in veterinarian bills that increase over time. A French Bulldog puppy is also not a cheap purchase, so keep these costs in mind when considering your next pet.
This Chinese breed is one of the oldest dog breeds in existence today, as confirmed by DNA tests studying these dogs and other breeds and their ancestors. Originally developed as a multi-purpose working dog, Chows have excelled at herding, hunting, guarding, and pulling. Due to the age of the breed, many changes have been made, some better than others. The breed is prone to certain health issues, such as multiple eye problems, cancer, diabetes, canine pemphigus, and autoimmune diseases. Not only do their health problems cause concern, their thick coats cannot go ignored. Not only are Chows more prone to having flea infestations (they will likely be infested before you realize they have fleas, because they are so hard to find in their coats), they need regular and frequent grooming to ensure they don’t get matted hair and infected skin. With Chows, your overall cost will be the purchase price, the cost of grooming over the lifetime of the dog, and any health issues that may have popped up.
Tibetan Mastiffs are large guardians, with thick coats and stubborn temperaments. While health issues don’t pop up as often in this breed, they are still there and are something to be aware of. Skin problems, allergies, eye conditions, hypothyroidism, cancer, and epilepsy are a few of the major problems. Of course, as with any large breed, hip and elbow dysplasia should also be of concern. Like the Chow Chow, the Tibetan Mastiff has a thick coat that can also more easily harbor fleas and mites, though a careful owner will be able to avoid infestations. Frequent, regular grooming is a must to prevent any matted fur and skin infections. Let’s not forget the recent story of the Tibetan Mastiff puppy that sold in China for $2 million, although the breed sells for far less elsewhere!