Dogs come in all shapes and sizes and in all sorts of colours. Some owners try to obtain the most expensive breeds of dogs either for their cuteness or their rarity. Let’s look at some breeds of dogs that will leave a dog-sized hole in your pocket.
Their name can be translated to little lions from German and were a very popular breed with noblemen. This breed can be seen in many paintings from the renaissance period. But currently, they are extremely rare with only a few hundred new puppies a year from officially recognized kennels around the world. They are so called because they are usually groomed to like ‘little lions’ and these dogs cost around $10,000 because of its rarity.
This is a breed of dogs that were specially bred to help in herding reindeer and pulling sledges for the Samoyedic peoples of Siberia and hence its name. They have a very fluffy white coat and are thought to be playful competitive, strong and alert. One can expect to pay around $8000 dollar for this breed.
- Tibetan Mastiff:
This breed of dogs was used by the nomads of India, China, Nepal and Tibet to protect their sheep from wild predators. These dogs are thought to be extremely protective and get very large in size; they weigh around 70kg and get almost a 1m tall. Usually, they cost around $7000-$1000, but there was one instance of a rare Tibetan Mastiff selling for $1.3 million in 2013.
- Pharaoh Dog:
This breed is considered to be the national breed of Malta. It means rabbit dog in its native Maltese name which is Kelb tal-Fenek. As the name suggests it was used to hunt rabbits on the Maltese Islands. They are highly intelligent and have a rare trait in having their nose and ears blush when they are excited or happy. They are also known to be very stubborn and hard to train. Its royal look, great athleticism and high intelligence will fetch you $6500 for this dog, usually.
These are a large breed of dogs used in Germany used to herd cattle and livestock and pull carts filled with butchered meat to the markets. That is where its name comes from as well; from the German name Rottweiler Metzgerhund which meant ‘Rottweil butchers’ dogs’. Now, these dogs are used as search and rescue dogs, they are used by blind people as guide or companion dog because of their placid and calm nature with owners. They are also used as guard dogs by the police because of their high intelligence and intimidating look and bark. They grow to be as heavy as 60kg and almost 70cm tall. They usually cost around $6000.
Apart from these extravagant breeds of dogs, there are many more exotic breeds as well, that will rid you of quite a lot of money and can be seen more as an investment, as opposed to just a purchase.