The 11 Most Expensive Dog Breeds

A dog can be (wo)man’s best friend, offering companionship, protection and unbounded devotion. But would you fork over thousands—even millions—of dollars to buy one?

There are a number of qualities that contribute to a dog’s worth. Pure lineage, prize-winning parents and rarity all make for a pretty expensive pooch, but celebrity status also carries clout, as exemplified by the huge boom in chihuahuas’ popularity that animal welfare workers have nicknamed “the Paris Hilton syndrome.”

Check out the slideshow below to view our list of the priciest puppies. These guys are great status symbols, but if you’re in the market for a new pet, we’re going to recommend that you visit your local animal shelter!

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  • AddisonDewitt

    People have become extremely greedy as well. Yes it costs breeders to dock tails and give puppy shots, time spent and food costs etc. I had a reputable breeder offer me a 6 month old Springer Spaniel for….get ready….$1500.00 REALLY ? Sorry that is not a reasonable amount for a dog which A) I only want as a companion dog and 2) am not going to breed to recoup any of that expense. 3) I don’t show dogs. I saw a Maltese listed for $1900.00 REALLY ? ! And many idiots will pay these ridiculous prices that’s why these greedy breeders get away with this crap. I would be willing to $500 for nice bred dog but and that is what most well bred dogs of most breeds sold for a decade ago….greed has taken over every aspect American culture unfortunately. They can keep their $1500-$2000 dogs..I’ll do without or get a puppy at the shelter. Screw them, especially in this economy.