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30 Most Expensive Dog In The World In 2022

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Most Expensive Dog In The World

No matter what you may think about dogs in general or your own pet in particular, there is no denying that they can be a lot more expensive than other pets such as cats and fish due to the fact that most of them require special care. However, not every animal on this planet makes it into the top ten list for being the most expensive animals in the world. You will find some exotic creatures like crocodiles at number one but these are alligators, while others like dolphins make an appearance in between catfish and goldfish.

Dogs fall somewhere right behind the latter with their average prices ranging from $700-$800 depending on the type and size. For example, if we take look at purebreds which have been listed by Forbes Magazine, then we see that the priciest dog on record was a golden retriever named “King” who sold for around $2 million dollars back in 2006.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, another golden retriever named “Huckleberry Hound” sold for only $200! So why do people spend so much money on these beautiful yet delicate pooches? Well, because they’re just too adorable and lovable! Here’s our countdown of Top 30 most expensive dog in 2022

1. Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever
Golden Retriever

Average Price: $1,000 to $3,500

We already know how pricey goldendoodles can get when it comes to buying one. But did you ever consider paying even more when getting a golden puppy? If you’ve decided that saving up enough money to buy a golden puppy would actually cost less than giving up your current one – well, you’re wrong! Not only does owning a golden retriever costs plenty of cash but also requires lots of time and effort since they need regular grooming, training, vet visits and food preparation among many other things.

This means that the price tag goes beyond $800 per year alone! And let us tell you something else…golden retrievers usually live for 12 years whereas pugs only last 6 months after birth. That’s quite an investment!

2. Irish Setters

Irish Setters
Irish Setters

Average Price: $800-$1,200

You might be wondering where setters fit in here considering that they hardly resemble any kind of spaniel. They were originally bred by monks as hunting aids but nowadays they’re used mostly as guarddogs. Although these dogs are smaller compared to other breeds, they still tend to weigh over 50 pounds each.

Due to their strength and stamina, they don’t mind working long hours despite having very little energy left afterwards. It takes several weeks before they learn basic commands making it hard to train them properly. These dogs are known to be loyal companions and great family protectors but unfortunately, they also need extensive amounts of exercise to stay healthy.

What’s worse is that unlike other dogs, Irish setters grow faster during adulthood meaning that puppies become adults quicker than usual. All of these factors combined mean that although Irish setters are considered low maintenance pets, they can actually be really costly.

3. Belgian Malinois

Belgian Malinois
Belgian Malinois

Average Price: $2,500 to $3,500

If you thought Dalmatians are cute, wait until you meet Belgian malinois. Their coats come out in different colors including black, red, blue and fawn. They are extremely intelligent and eager to please making them ideal search and rescue dogs. These dogs originated from Belgium and France and are often called Belgian Wolfhounds.

They typically weigh 70lbs to 90 lbs and stand 20 inches tall at shoulder height. Since they’re naturally friendly towards humans, they won’t bark or bite unless provoked. Unlike wolves, they aren’t aggressive. However, Belgian malinois are prone to hip dysplasia and luxating kneecaps making it difficult for them to walk correctly.

Because of its large frame, Belgian malinois needs a spacious yard to play inside. Aside from those health issues, these dogs love nothing better than playing fetch and running through fields.

4. Papillon


Average Price: $500-$2,000

This French name translates to butterfly and papillons originate from Europe. Nowadays, papillons are popular household pets especially in America thanks to its small stature and sweet disposition. Despite its diminutive size, papillons are strong dogs capable of pulling heavy loads weighing up to 200 pounds.

They are also good watchdogs and are excellent escape artists once trained. Unfortunately, papillons are fragile and easily injured resulting to high veterinary bills. One thing worth mentioning though is that they are easy to groom since they shed hair rarely. Some owners prefer keeping their papillons indoors leading to separation anxiety problems.

5. Saint Bernard

Saint Bernard

Average Price: $550 to $2000

Saint Bernards serve as pack leaders helping their masters lead groups safely and securely. Originally from Switzerland, these big guys originated from sheepherding dogs who needed help protecting herds consisting of hundreds of sheep. Today, these dogs are commonly found guarding military bases and VIP residences.

Its thick fur keeps them warm in cold weather and they are known to carry supplies across mountainous areas without straying off track. Saint Bernard has a reputation for being gentle and calm but they don’t hesitate to defend themselves should anything threaten them. Like other giant dogs, these ones are susceptible to bloat and gastric torsion requiring immediate medical attention.

6. Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinscher

Average Price: $1,000 to $2,500

Dogs originating from Germany have been serving mankind for thousands of years. There are two types of dachshunds namely pinschers and standard dachshunds. While pinschers have short legs and tails, standard dachshunds have longer bodies and legs.

Both have similar characteristics except for looks and temperament. Standard dachshunds are generally larger than pinschiers. A typical male weighs anywhere from 105-135 lbs while females range from 90-120 lb. As far as traits go, these dogs are noted to be active, protective and alert.

With its muscular physique, dachshunds are widely employed as police dogs, security guards, attack deterrents and guide dogs. Similar to German shepherds, dachshunds are known for barking incessantly and drooling profusely.

7. Labradoodle


Average Price: $1,500-$2,000

These unique mutts combine the best qualities of both labrador retrievers and American Kennel Club registered purebreds. Originating from Nova Scotia, Canada, these dogs are crossbreeds of various sizes and coat textures. They are affectionate, smart and obedient making them suitable for families looking to adopt non-purebred pets.

Being highly socialized, labs are perfect for kids and other housemates alike. One drawback however is that they can be noisy and chew toys frequently causing unnecessary noise pollution. Another downside is that they need proper training otherwise they could turn hostile and destructive.

8. Great Danes

Great Danes
Great Danes

Average Price: between $1800 and $3000

Great Danes are arguably the biggest and baddest of all dogs on earth. Standing 18 feet tall at the shoulders, these giants are also heavier than jumbo jets. Great Danes are known to weigh up to 250 pounds and therefore need ample space to roam freely.

Compared to other dogs, they eat twice as much as normal and thus require specialized foods rich in protein. To prevent obesity, they must exercise regularly to burn calories. Sadly, these dogs are vulnerable to heat stroke and hypothermia. Also, since they’re so huge, they cannot jump fences or run fast. Therefore, they should never be allowed outdoors unattended.

9. Maltese


Average Price: $600 to $2,000

The smallest member of the sighthound family, maltese are tiny balls of fluff with fluffy ears and pointy noses. They originated from Malta and are often referred to as gazelles in English. Though they are small, maltese are energetic and playful dogs. Maltese are also known to suffer from kidney problems and liver disease.

They are also susceptible to bloat and gastric torsions. Maltese are best kept indoors away from drafts and direct sunlight and water intake should be limited to 2 cups daily.

So next time you want to add a new furry friend to your home, maybe consider adopting a cheaper alternative instead of going for a fancy pooch like King. After all, spending thousands of dollars on a single pup doesn’t necessarily guarantee loyalty and unconditional love. Instead of taking risks, try first acquiring a lower priced pet and slowly work your way up to bigger and better stuff. Otherwise, you’ll regret later!

10. Pomeranian


The poodle is considered by many as being the cutest canine on earth. It has been around since 1779, first appearing in Germany where its name derives from “Pompermaan”, meaning ‘the little French boy’. However, today despite its small stature (about 10-12 inches) it is actually quite a large dog weighing between 30lbs to 60 lbs depending on the size. They were originally bred as lap dogs with long silky coats but over time due to lack of attention from owners, breeding standards lowered and popularity declined. As such, nowadays the majority of poodles found today are either show specimens or working strains used for hunting birds.

They typically come in three different sizes: Standard Schnauzer (which weighs about 35 pounds), Miniature Poodle (weighing about 25 pounds) and Toy Poodle (between 20 & 22 pounds). Prices range anywhere between $800 and $2,000.

11. English Springer Spaniel

English Springer Spaniel

This particular breed was derived from two types of spaniels called the Old English White Handkerchief Spaniel and the Sussex Spaniel. Today it only exists in one color, white. Its origins date back to 1875. This is a very popular breed because of its gentle nature which makes it great with children and good natured. But like all purebreds, it does require lots of care, training, grooming and feeding. A typical full grown female will weigh somewhere between 70 to 100 pounds.

Prices vary greatly based upon age, health, temperament, and overall condition. Generally speaking though, prices around $1,200 to $2,500.

12. Portuguese Water Dog

Portuguese Water Dog
Portuguese Water Dog

Portuguese water dogs originated in Portugal where fishermen would use them to help catch fish in shallow waters. Their ability to hold onto slippery prey made them extremely effective. After centuries of selective breeding, the modern day version weighs anywhere between 40lbs and 110lbs. Although the original colors included black and brown, nowadays there are mostly blue, red and tan. There are four distinct groups within these dogs: Algarve Spaniels, Canaries, Retos de Olhão and Faroese Water Dogs. All together, they make up the largest group of Portuguese water dogs.

You’ll pay around $2,500 for a new puppy. Older examples tend to sell for less than younger ones. And remember, you don’t just get a cute face — expect a strong barky body too!

13. German Shepherd Dog

German Shepherd Dog
German Shepherd Dog

German Shepherds are known for having a powerful build and athletic abilities. These dogs originate from Germany where shepherds herded sheep during harsh winters. Like any shepherd, they had to keep track of herd members who wandered away while keeping watch for predators.

Thus the reason why GSDs became so loyal to their masters. Over time, the dogs developed into guard dogs used to protect flocks from wolves and bears. Today they still carry out similar duties but now they serve as guide dogs and police dogs. Some of them assist blind individuals, others patrol borders and search missing persons cases. You can usually spot these powerful dogs in action doing rescue work or guarding military bases.

Because of their strength and intelligence, they are often trained to become service dogs which include assistance living dogs, hearing aids dogs, mobility aid dogs and seizure alert dogs. As a result, they command top dollar especially if they are specially trained dogs such as seeing eye dogs. Expect to pay around $1,500 for a puppy.

14. Dalmatian


These beautiful dogs originate from Croatia and Bosnia Herzegovina. Originally owned by Croatian hunters, this breed got its distinctive coat pattern after generations of crossing with local mongrel dogs. Nowadays, Dalmatians exist in various forms including smooth coated, rough collies, soft short haired, wirehaired, bichon frises, miniature dachshunds and giant schnauzers among others. One thing all versions share is a unique spotted coat.

A standard sized Dalesman will weigh between 65 and 95 pounds. Depending on whether you want a pup or an older specimen, prices run anywhere between $600 to $1,200.

15. Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire terriers originated in England where farmers needed farm workers to tend their livestock. Because of their small stature, they could easily fit under fences and gates without getting caught. Hence the name Yorkshire came from those words “yard” which means fenced area in old English dialect and “terrier” referring to smaller type of hound. Today these adorable puppies can measure anywhere between 8 ¼” tall and 15 ¾” high at the shoulder and weight anywhere between 5 to 12 pounds.

Many experts believe that Yorkies are the easiest dog to train and won’t cause trouble unless you let them. Also, unlike bigger dog breeds, they are perfect companions for kids.

As mentioned earlier, prices vary widely based on factors including quality, overall health, pedigree etc. But considering how tiny these guys are, you’d better take a closer look at what others are paying before making your decision. According to Petfinder, the average price per Yorkie sold in 2022 was $849. That means the cheapest one goes for almost $700 whereas the highest selling one fetched $19,300.

16. Black Russian Terrier

Black Russian Terrier

The Black Russian is said to be one of Russia’s oldest working terriers (the first known dates back to 1867), which makes this handsome pooch very special indeed.

This little guy was bred by Colonel Nicholas Rodzyanko-Trutovsky as part of his breeding program to create superior hunting and gundog dogs. He reportedly spent over 500 hours selecting just the right puppy from a litter of 12 pups born in 1910. When he died in 1942, only six were left standing.

His son continued the line until 1990 when all remaining puppies except two passed away due to genetic defects. Now there are fewer than 100 living specimens worldwide, so if you want to own a true workhorse who can help you hunt down rabbits… then it may well cost you between $1,800 to $2500 depending upon size/age.

17. Rottweiler


Rotties have been around almost forever — they originated in Germany during the late 1500s as guard animals and farm helpers. They’ve also earned their name because they often “rottn” themselves into old age after years of hard labor hauling heavy loads. Today, though, rotties are still commonly used as family protection dogs and farm workers. Expect to pay anywhere from $1,200 to $3000.

Because rotties are typically considered tough enough to withstand punishment and hardship without breaking down, many owners choose them as watchdogs and security guards.

18. Tibetan Mastiff

Tibetan Mastiff
Tibetan Mastiff

Tibetan mastiffs are huge majestic creatures that date back thousands of years to ancient Tibet where they served primarily as livestock protectors and household guardians. These days however, TMs are mostly kept as massive show dogs or companion animals. Just ask actor Robert Redford who owns both a large TM named Max that stands 30 inches tall and weighs 200 pounds and a smaller 2-year-old female called Coco.

Both are highly intelligent and protective, making TMs perfect for families with children or elderly residents. If you’d rather keep yours indoors, consider getting a Toy Poodle mix instead since they tend to weigh much less than other giant dogs. Prices start around $2,500 and go up quickly based on size.

19. Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamute

Malamutes trace their origins back to sled dogs native to Alaska. However, today’s malamutes enjoy far better lives as luxury companions or guard animals. Their thick coats require regular grooming and maintenance and demand lots of time and money. Because of their gentle dispositions and loveable looks, malamutes are becoming increasingly popular as service animals for those suffering from allergies or arthritis.

Owners should also beware that malamutes are prone to hip dysplasia, bloat, epilepsy, and heart disease — three things to avoid in any animal! As with Siberian Huskies, Labrador retrievers, and golden retrievers, you can sometimes get lucky and pick up an older maltipoo for half off the retail price. This dog usually cost somewhere around $1,200.

20. French Bulldog

French Bulldog
French Bulldog

French bulldogs are cute little balls of fluff with big personalities. Although originally bred for entertainment purposes, these guys didn’t stay small for long. At one point, Parisian nobility began placing bets on how large each new generation could grow before being flattened underfoot.

By 1900, every single bulldog weighed nearly twice its original weight. While some people argue that bulldogs deserve their bad reputation, others say it depends on whether you buy one from a reputable breeder or a backyard seller. Either way, expect to shell out at least $2,000 for a fully grown specimen.

21. Bernese Mountain Dog

Bernese Mountain Dog
Bernese Mountain Dog

Bernese mountain dogs originate in Switzerland where they’ve traditionally been valued as cattle herders’ best friends and herding assistants. Today, however, BMDs are enjoying newfound popularity as loving family pets. Not surprisingly, prices vary widely based on size, temperament, health issues, and location.

This dog usually cost around $600 and $1,000 . It’s important to note that not all BMDs fit the same mold — smaller ones tend to be gentler and easier going while larger specimens tend to be stronger and tougher.

22. Kerry Blue Terrier

Kerry Blue Terrier

This sweet blue-and-gold beauty comes from Ireland’s largest sheep station near Killarney. She’s famous for having won countless shows across Europe including Best in Show at Westminster Kennel Club Shows.

Like Beagles, Kerry Blues are natural hunters who need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation to remain interested in anything besides grazing grasses. Since they’re relatively easygoing and nonaggressive, Kerry blues make excellent housemates for kids or seniors, plus they rarely bark or shed. Expect to pay around $1,000-$2,000.

23. Miniature Bull Terrier

Miniature Bull Terrier
Miniature Bull Terrier

Miniature American pitbull terriers owe their diminutive stature to a combination of selective mating practices and naturally occurring dwarfism. Smaller versions of Pit Bulls actually predate the originals and originated in England.

After crossing with various types of Bulldogs, minis emerged as distinctive miniature fighting machines capable of taking down everything from rats to squirrels. Unfortunately, today’s tiny fighters are no longer allowed to fight other dogs for sport — they must now settle disputes behind closed doors. So unless you live in an apartment building, forget owning one — they simply don’t belong outdoors. Pricing varies greatly according to size and quality, but expect to spend about $1500 to $4,000.

24. Bedlington Terrier

Bedlington Terrier
Bedlington Terrier

Bedd gled tairs hail from Scotland’s northeast corner near Edinburgh. Originally developed as a type of Scottish deerhound, the breed has remained virtually unchanged ever since 1794. Over the past few decades, Bedd ltrys have enjoyed increasing popularity as active field trial participants and show competitors thanks to their unique appearance and fierce willingness to chase hounds or retrieve game birds. Unlike other terriers, bedlters don’t bite, yap, dig holes, or gnaw — although they do drool constantly. You can purchase a decent one for about $1,500.

25. Afghan Hound

Afghan Hound
Afghan Hound

The Afghan Hound (also known as Afghan Shorthaired Pointer) also used as hunting dogs. They became popular among farmers because of their ability to track down wild boar over long distances.

Today they are still very popular as working farm dogs and guide dogs. Their popularity has made them so valuable that in 2000, the price tag set for one was around $1,000 in 2022.

Breeders say that the Afghans are intelligent, gentle animals with strong family bonds. These dogs make great companions and good watchdogs too. They are even affectionate towards strangers. And they’re not aggressive or destructive.

26. English Bulldog

English Bulldog
English Bulldog

The English Bulldog is probably the best-known breed in this list. It was bred to be a companion animal and is often called “the sweetheart of England.” Its name comes from its resemblance to the large mastiffs that once guarded castles throughout England. Like other bulldogs, they need plenty of exercise. If left alone all day, they may become bored and cause destruction or chewing damage. An active lifestyle helps keep them happy and healthy.

They were developed in the 19th century when Queen Victoria had her beloved bulldog Prince brought into her court. He was given the nickname ‘Prince Albert,’ after his regal master. Since then, they’ve been popular around the globe.

Today, the average cost of owning your very own English Bulldog runs between $1,000 to $6,000. However, if you buy young and well-trained, you could end up paying much less than that.

27. Lakeland Terrier

Lakeland Terrier
Lakeland Terrier

Like many small terriers, the Lakeland Terrier originated in Wales. They were originally bred to hunt vermin such as rats and mice. Later they became popular as guard dogs and ratters. Nowadays, they are mainly kept as show dogs and as house pets. They are excellent escape artists and diggers. Some enthusiasts claim that they are better escape artists than any cat.

In 2004 they became one of the rarest dogs in the world when just 200 puppies were registered worldwide. A year later, another 150 were added. At present there are fewer than 100 breeding stock males and 50 females left. As a result, prices are going through the roof. Expect to pay around $1,800–$2,500.

Lakeland Terriers are energetic little animals. They are smart, but prone to separation anxiety. Fortunately, there are several rescue centers where you can adopt one without having to fork out hundreds of thousands of dollars.

28. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavaliers are considered to be intelligent, friendly, active and obedient pets. They are also patient and calm. Their coat needs regular brushing to prevent tangles. Otherwise, it tends to mat easily.

Although Cavaliers are easy to train, they require a firm hand. Because they enjoy running around, they sometimes run off course. You should also supervise them when playing with children, as they can nip and bite small arms and legs.

As with most dogs, Cavaliers are susceptible to hip dysplasia and arthritis. To avoid these problems, experts recommend taking your dog to the vet twice yearly. Expect to pay around $1,800 to $3,500.

29. Akita

Akita Dog

Also known as Japanese short-haired pointers, akitas are native to Japan. They were traditionally raised by hunters to assist them in finding game. Although they are now primarily used as hunting dogs, they are also suitable for showing. The price tag set for one Akita dog was around $700 to $1,600.

They are medium sized dogs and weigh between 65 and 85 pounds. They have a thick undercoat which protects them from cold winds while hunting. Unfortunately, this layer becomes tattered and dirty once they reach home. When cleaning the fur, owners must use special brushes to remove dirt particles.

Most vets consider them to be intelligent, playful and loyal. They are also known for their strength and endurance. Unlike other big dogs, they won’t try to dominate smaller ones. Instead, they accept them as equals.

Akitas can either be indoor or outdoor pets. They are typically quiet and docile but like to play occasionally. Don’t let them chase cars or anything else that moves fast. They also shouldn’t be allowed to run free.

It takes years of training before you can teach your Akita how to fetch or bring back a ball. Until they learn, they will pester you endlessly until you give them something to play with.

30. Pekingese


Originally called the Imperial Chinese Lion Dog, the Pekinese is thought to date back to the Han Dynasty (206 BC – AD 220). It was imported to Europe in 1875 and soon gained popularity among wealthy families.

Its current name came from a mispronunciation of the word “Pehkli”, which means “to eat” in Cantonese. It is believed that the original owner mistook the soft part of a cucumber for meat.

The Pekinese is generally considered to be a gentle giant. It weighs about 80 pounds and stands taller than 6 feet tall. They are usually silent but bark loudly when startled.

If you’re looking for a highly intelligent, loving yet passive pet, the Pekinese might be perfect for you. They are very clean and rarely soil themselves or chew things unnecessarily. Despite their size, they are great for kids and women who work outside.

Because of their unusual appearance, they are quite expensive and sell for around $700 to $3,000. People who don’t mind spending extra cash should check out local shelters. There are plenty of unwanted Pekses available for adoption.

Whether you’re buying for yourself or someone else, remember that spending hundreds of dollars on a beloved pet isn’t worth it if you can’t afford proper care. Before plunking down your cash, check out local rescue groups, shelters, and humane societies. Many places offer low-cost adoption options, discounts, free training classes, and even discounted vet services. Also, please don’t support puppy mills — research breeders thoroughly before purchasing from them. Finally, adopt a shelter dog if none of the above appeals to you.

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