The Most Expensive Dogs: Top Shelf Pets

by Alyssa Oursler | August 6, 2013 2:31 pm

The Most Expensive Dogs: Top Shelf Pets

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TopShelf 3 The Most Expensive Dogs: Top Shelf Pets[1]There are a lot of things that I’m indecisive about, but when it comes to the cat vs. dog debate, I don’t even hesitate. I’m a dog person, and have been for as long as I can remember.

In fact, one of the things I miss most about living at home is my dog — one of the few creatures on this earth I can’t stay mad at for more than five minutes.

But as much as I would love to have the little rascal running around my apartment — and although my building actually permits it — I know the tough reality of dogs: They’re time-consuming and expensive.

Besides requiring far more attention than I can give right now, the dog food, vet bills and grooming all adds up.

And that’s before you get into just how expensive some dogs can be.

Every dog I’ve owned has been a mutt, adopted from a rescue organization. And while I knew purebreds probably cost more than the stray I snatched up from the pound, I never realized just how hefty some of their price tags could be.

Just consider this list of the top 10 most expensive dog breeds, courtesy of Outside Magazine[2]:

  1. Samoyed[3]: $4,000 to $11,000
  2. English Bulldog[4]: $2,500 to $9,000
  3. Chow Chow[5]: $3,000 to $8,500
  4. Lowchen[6]: $5,000 to $8,000
  5. Rottweiler[7]: $2,000 to $8,000
  6. Tibetan Mastiff[8]: $2,200 to $7,000
  7. Akita[9]: $1,500 to $4,500
  8. Pharaoh Hound[10]: $2,500 to $6,500
  9. Saluki[11]: $2,500
  10. Irish Wolfhound[12]: $1,500 to $2,000

If you decide man’s best friend might be an even better friend with a steeper price tag, one of these breeds just might be for you once your investing pays off.

Personally, just having my loving mutt living with me again would be enough. I probably wouldn’t upgrade, even if I had the funds.

Alyssa Oursler is an Assistant Editor of InvestorPlace. Follow her on Twitter @alyssaoursler[13].

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/hot-topics/top-shelf/
  2. courtesy of Outside Magazine: http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/dogs/The-10-Most-Expensive-Dog-Breeds.html#gallery-photo-1
  3. Samoyed: http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/dogs/The-10-Most-Expensive-Dog-Breeds.html#gallery-photo-11
  4. English Bulldog: http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/dogs/The-10-Most-Expensive-Dog-Breeds.html#gallery-photo-10
  5. Chow Chow: http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/dogs/The-10-Most-Expensive-Dog-Breeds.html#gallery-photo-9
  6. Lowchen: http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/dogs/The-10-Most-Expensive-Dog-Breeds.html#gallery-photo-8
  7. Rottweiler: http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/dogs/The-10-Most-Expensive-Dog-Breeds.html#gallery-photo-7
  8. Tibetan Mastiff: http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/dogs/The-10-Most-Expensive-Dog-Breeds.html#gallery-photo-6
  9. Akita: http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/dogs/The-10-Most-Expensive-Dog-Breeds.html#gallery-photo-5
  10. Pharaoh Hound: http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/dogs/The-10-Most-Expensive-Dog-Breeds.html#gallery-photo-4
  11. Saluki: http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/dogs/The-10-Most-Expensive-Dog-Breeds.html#gallery-photo-3
  12. Irish Wolfhound: http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/dogs/The-10-Most-Expensive-Dog-Breeds.html#gallery-photo-2
  13. @alyssaoursler: http://www.twitter.com/alyssaoursler

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