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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  • RIV

    I agree this nut doesn’t have a clue. The most expensive dogs aren’t even on there, and some of those “rare” dogs I see for $300…
    I see a lot of argument about shelter vs. breeder. For all of those ranting on how crappy purebreds are… where did they come from? A puppy mill? A back yard breeder? I breed weimaraners for years, I got all kinds of morons calling me for them. One even told me they only wanted to pay about $75 because their last one got hit on the highway in front of their house so they didn’t want to spend a lot in case that happened again. I told them they don’t need a dog and hung up.  I quit breeding because I couldn’t find enough RESPONSIBLE OWNERS.  If you get a puppy from a breeder, ask to see the parents. And if you have many problems with purebred puppies but get a shelter dog, chances are it’s you, because usually the shelter dogs are older and pre-trained. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UING2KDCEZ45FUXK73W7CNONOE LibertyLover

      Lots of good breeders don’t have the sire on site because they used an outside stud to keep the lines fresh. Outcrossing can create what’s called hybrid vigor. If you had been a responsible breeder you’d know this. I think you’re a shill for “animal rights”

      • retired show breeder

        “Hybrid vigor” is moronspeak for a mixed breed dog.  (A hybrid is a combination of 2 different things.)  There is nothing wrong with line breeding or outcrosses (i.e. combining two different lines of the same breed of dog) when it is done skillfully.  The physical location of a stud has nothing to do with it as it is the pedigree & dog itself that matters.  A good breeder may have the stud on site or may not, but they can most certainly show someone his show records, 5 generation pedigree and proof of genetic clearances appropriate for the breed. You can use a stud half way around the world or one from your own kennel to do a tight line breeding or a total outcross.  Many dogs are bred w/ semen that is shipped these days as the technology exists and it is safer and cheapr than shipping the b*itch.  It is not where the stud is that matters, but rather what he is.  Breeding healthy dogs that are sound in type and temperament takes years to learn how to do.  You obviously do not understand it at all. 

  • Edith

    I have a Yorkie paid thousands of dollars for her.  She bites was almost impossible to potty train she is our baby so we just take her the way she is however, it would be impossible to re-home her if anything happens to my husband and myself.  We adopted a poodle that was being put to sleep because she had hernias, she is so sweet and grateful to have a good home she also knows I saved her life.  I walk her everyday she never meets a stranger every one she sees she loves.  I live in Sun city everybody knows my dog Sunshine most of them I have no idea who they are she would fit in any home.

  • ec79

    Don’t breed or buy while shelter dogs die. It’s about ethics. There are too many dogs that need homes. Many shelters temperment test their dogs before adopting them out. I have had shelter dogs and strays my whole life and never have had a problem with them. If you’re the kind of person who must have a certain breed to complete some kind of image you’re going for then you shouldn’t be adopting a dog in the first place.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UING2KDCEZ45FUXK73W7CNONOE LibertyLover

      Oh save it will you. Your erroneous message is very tired and very boring. No one set on a purebred will settle for mongrel from god knows where. It doesn’t even make sense. Thousands of dogs are imported from foreign countries so quit saying we’re overloaded with dogs. Obviously not!

      • anonymous

        @ LibertyLover – Do you have a brain in your head? Large numbers of dogs are not imported- that is very expensive to do and imported dogs are generally show or task specific working (law enforcement etc.) dogs or else idiots who buy from foreign puppy mills ripping off dumb Americans.  There are places, largely in eastern Europe, where you can pay a couple thosand for a “special rare champion lines” crappy dog or mix and then brag to all your friends that Bruno or Foo Foo was imported and cost a lot of money.

        People do often change their minds about breeds, especially if they go to a shelter and fall in love w/ a dog that suits them (as they may learn what they had in mind does not.)  I have a breed that is not for everyone and, when I hear someone wants one, I invite them over to spend time w/ mine and see what their upkeep entails and what they are really like (vs the image they may have from TV or looking at pictures).  About half the people do not get one as they are cute, but not for everyone.  BTW, this is not the breed I set out to get when I decided to get a smaller dog.  Luckily I looked before I leaped and the breed I originally had in mind was not what I thought it was and I would not have been happy with one.  I love dogs and I can certainly see myself giving a home to a mutt some day and have, in fact, fostered some great ones.  My reason for having only purebreds had always been that I compete in AKC events and, up until a few years ago, they did not allow mixed breed dogs to compete in agility, obedience, tracking etc.  Now they do, so my next dog may well be a mix as I can now train and compete w/ one.

        The USA is overloaded with dogs, millions of them are put to death every year for the crime of being stray or unwanted or no longer affordable.  Excess is American- look at all the homes they can’t sell now & commercial space they can’t rent and yet they build more.  Importing dogs is expensive, those dogs come to homes who can afford them and are not the problem.  The pet overpopulation problem begins (and ends) right here in the USA.

  • Rferrary

    The most expensive dogs are those who pay with their LIVES when they are dumped by the millions at government pounds, humane societies and other rescue facilities that are KILL shelters. They pay with their suffering and their screams in home made gas chambers while they die, they look trustfully into someone’s eyes while a needle is stuck into them to RID the society of their unwanted presence. The AKC (American Kennel Club) promotes breeding of ‘purebred’ pets and every time activists want to get laws enacted against puppy mills they scream the loudest. A worldwide moratorium should be put in place on breeding of ALL dogs and cats until the hundreds of millions who are killed each year don’t have to die becasue of our twisted desire to BUY a pet for all the wrong reasons. DON’T BUY PETS!!!!! Adopt them from shelters, they are CRYING to meet their new owners, don’t  fuel the pet trade!!!!!

  • Michelle

    Yikes…those prices are pretty outrageous. =/ My show Saluki’s breeder sold her to me as a pup for just $800 (although she could have been reasonably worth twice that.) Why? Responsible breeders aren’t in it for money. Heck, don’t even consider becoming a dog breeder unless you want to invest loads in the care of your dogs–a lot more than you’ll ever make as profit! This lady cared more about placing her pups in caring, loving homes, and thus kindly gave her to me for a very fair price. Some of these breeds I’m not surprised to see on the list. Others did surprise me a bit, such as my two favorites, the Saluki and Pharaoh Hound…but, what with their being rare sighthounds, it’s not a total shocker. 

    • GabbyODT

      As my original mentor told me many years ago- if you make any money breeding dogs, you are doing it wrong LOL!  We only bred a litter of dogs every couple of years so we would have dogs to show (retired from that now).  We were blessed and only ever had one pup that was way off from show quality in a breed w/ small litters & we gave her away & kept all the rest to show and bred a couple of the best of those.  If we had been breeding those dogs to make a profit, we would have had to sell them for outrageous prices like in the article to make a profit w/ the expenses of showing them, the expensive grooming products, high cost premium food, all those expensive supplies, travel expenses and all those tests we had to do to make sure we were breeding dogs cleared of genetic problems & producing pups w/o them as well and the vet bills, ultrasounds……  That all adds up, so trust me when I say most reputable show breeders who do all that are losing money every time they breed a litter as showing dogs is a hobby that costs money, not produces it.  The really ironic thing is, at least in our breed, what the puppy mill pet stores & puppy mill websites sell the same breed pups for is WAAAAY more than what reputabkle breeders sell pet quality pups for.  I am not making that up, it is absolutely true and the people telling you any place that sells (not adopts out) dogs or pups directly via websites, internet or newspaper ads or supermarket bulletin boards and so on are either puppy mills or the dreaded BYB (back yard breeders) who sell crappy dogs because they are only breeding them to make money or some misdirected effort to “have fun” or ”teach” their kids something.  That makes my blood boil- you want to teach your kids something about breeding dogs or cats, take them to a kill shilter and let them watch the animals being killed and tossed into barrels & trash bags.  A high quality show quality dog can cost a lot, but that is because they are rare & highly trained. 

      You want a show dog, be prepared to pay, but if you want a great pet dog, adopt one for a very reasonable fee- do not buy from puppy mills and back yard breeders- they are the rip off and suppliers of all those purebred dogs killed in shelters every year.  I am not anti mixed breed dogs at all- the article is not about them but I agree w/ all who said no ethical person breeds them and only really stupid cruel people buy those “designer dogs” expensive mutts that all come from bad breeders.  When you buy one of them you really do kill a mixed breed dog in some kill shelter somewhere.

      Interesting (but not factual) article that has spun off interessting discussions….

      • Michelle

        It’s the sad truth, Gabby…but I could not agree with you (and Kirk) more!!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UING2KDCEZ45FUXK73W7CNONOE LibertyLover

      Of course responsible breeders intend to turn a profit. Do you work for free? Quit drinking the “animal rights” Kool-aid!

      • Kirk

        @ LL Responsible breeders do not intend to “turn a profit”.  Given the initital cost of superior quality dogs, all the training & travel needed to show them to their championships, the entry fees, motels, vet bills, food (what mine eat is $62 a bag), supplements, grooming products & tools (not like show people buy them at Petsmart), toys, professional handlers in many cases, health tests for the breed and so on, there is virtually no way responsible breeders could make a profit.  They breed the best to the best and their motivation is to improve the breed, not to make money.  They all do something else to make a living as they lose money on the dogs.  If you use a professional handler, which is a must in many breeds, a championship can easily cost $3000-$5000, more if it is a breed with extensive grooming needs.  Add in all the other expenses and how the heck could anybody make a dime???  People who breed (pet quality) dogs to make money are called puppy mills or if on a small scale, back yard breeders.  If you understood anything you would know the cost of a championship & all those genetic health tests pretty much negates any chance at a profit.

      • Michelle

        Liberty, you do NOT know one single solitary thing about dogs or animals, it seems. Responsible breeders DO NOT BREED FOR PROFIT. They very rarely make any, and they choose to enter the hobby with this knowledge. Everything I have said is true. You don’t realize how much it costs them to raise their litters, keep all of their dogs in great health and condition, show them to championships, etc. “Do you work for free?” LOL. You really have no clue whatsoever. Dog breeding IS NOT A JOB. It’s a HOBBY. My dog’s breeder is a real estate agent. That’s how she makes money–not by selling puppies. 

        Oh, and considering the fact that (I think) you’re an animal yourself, you’d do well to start supporting the rights of other species.

  • Shea

    Pssh. Most of these are just extreme examples; this isn’t really a list of the “most expensive breeds,” because healthy, quality dogs of any of them can be obtained for far less than these  ”upper limits.” Sure, some wackos out there will have the nerve to ask such insane prices and emphasize the rarity of the breed with all sorts of sales jargon, and then some even nuttier jerk will pay them…but this is no accurate guide, and shouldn’t frighten off anyone interested in any of the named breeds.

    • Tony

      Yep…and I’m sure you can find more cases like these in plenty of other breeds as well.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UING2KDCEZ45FUXK73W7CNONOE LibertyLover

      Wackos and nuttier jerk? I think it’s clear that you fit the bill.

      • Shea

        Excuse me? Everything I said is true. The nutty, wacko jerk here is plainly obvious, and it ain’t me, “LibertyLover!” 

  • Pfordeb

    This must be the best topic ever because it keeps going and going.  I would never buy a PB.  I just rescued a chow mix from a shelter 125 miles away as a birthday present to myself because it was going to be PTS that day (and I didn’t pay a cent).  It’s the sweetest dog. There are no vicious or dumb breeds, only vicious and dumb people.

    • anonymous

      Some breeds are more likely to be dumb or vicious but I agree w/ what you said about people LOL and the worst of them are the one/ones that because they intend to or do not spay/neuter breed the dogs that get put down or die unwanted on the streets or whateve  .

  • CorgiMom

    I adopted a two-year old purebred Pembroke Welsh Corgi from the animal shelter.  I did a great deal of research in determining the breed I wanted and then simply signed up for email alerts from Petfinder.com.  I waited patiently until one became available within driving distance.  The rest is history!

    • Anonymous

      I adopted two purebred dachshunds years ago.  Adoption is a great way to become a dog owner.  I also worked rescue and have worked with a lot of purebreed rescue groups they take their work very seriously.

      Now I have a Pinneranian – she’s a mix of a Pom and a Min Pin and the best do ever.

      • Manhattan

        We have a “tibetian spaniel”.  docile, calm,  friendly & protective.
        small dog, 18 lbs. extremely soft hair,  beautiful golden lite brown color
         done in short lion cut.
        smart, obedient and loveable.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UING2KDCEZ45FUXK73W7CNONOE LibertyLover

      That’s the beauty of purebreds. You know what characteristics to expect in any particular breed. I’ll never own a mongrel.

      • 13

        you ARE a mongrel…

      • Victoria_Alix_Hesse

        You are aware that each dog is an individual and can vary from the breed standard, right? No offense, but your myopic point of view is what fuels the puppy mill industry. And, for the record, purebreds are far more susceptible to health problems than those so-called “mongrels” you so condescendingly referred to. 

  • Bpbmint

    A black Lab has got to be one of the most expensive. Mine costed me thousands in furniture repairs.

    • susan

      I don’t believe that this problem is necessarily a breed–it’s a stage nearly every dog AND human goes through before maturity–it’s TEETHING and if you supply enough things to chew on (and keep them busy) such as teething rings, hard biscuits, etc, you won’t have as much trouble as either would be without training and understanding…(spoken as one who had a Pom who ate beds and electric cords…) The teething is painful and they get desperate as it develops more…

    • Amanda Veinott

      That made me laugh!

    • Kathryn

      It was not the dog that cost you all that money- it was you for leaving a dog not yet trained not to chew loose in the house instead of properly crated,  You are lucky it chewed only furniture and not an electrical cord.  I am so sick of people who blame the dog for their own laziness and or ignorance in not properly training & maintaining it.  Lab pups are often aggressive chewers, so they need to be kept crated when not being watched until the problem has been dealt with.  People often whine how expensive a crate for a large dog is…..but I bet you can explain how one would have saved you money in the long run.

      • Pansies1136

        Kathryn -obviously you have never owned a Lab – Brown Black or Yellow — They eat stuff — it doesn’t matter what – if it is there they eat it – even if you are home – My Lab a lovely fellow  ate among other things an umbrella -an expensive one at that – the remote control the cable cords to the computer a couple of shoes  and for get about the couch arms the legs and the list goes on and on – I am not an irresponsible dog owner – this is just a Lab for you – DO not but a Lab unless you have the patience to let them grow up at around 4 – maybe 3 if you are lucky – I USED to thinjk that my uncle was so cruel to kennel his Labs  only taking them out for training and exercise – they were hunting dogs – BUT now it makes sense – THEY were great as they matured – go anywhere insife or out – all grown up

        • Kathryn

          I grew up w/ Labs and have trained dozens, altho I do not currently own one.   I am a professional dog trainer, I know what I am talking about.  I also know no dog in my house has ever chewed up anything when it was either A) crated or B) I was watching it.  If a dog chews (at any age), you need to keep your eyes on it when it is loose in the house and crate it when you can’t- period.  A dog being supervised does not chew anything up because you immediately correct the dog & then reward when it chews the toy you traded the inappropriate object for.  If you want your dog to stop chewing, you need to TRAIN it.  Your dog chewed up all that dangerous stuff because it was not trained and you left it unsupervised and essentially gave him dangerous “toys”.  Labs often have a propensity for chewing, as do some other breeds, but they are like any other dog and can be trained and should be properly maintained until they are.  It is wrong to blame the breed, for it was a training problem and not a breed related problem; many breeds chew inappropriately!  Some dogs simply ”grow out of” chewing when they finish teething, but many dogs won’t unless you actually teach them not to chew. I currently have 6 dogs and not one stick of furniture in my house has chew marks.  Raising a dog (or kid) right is labor intensive!

          There is nothing wrong with crating a dog when you are away or too busy to watch it as long as it gets the proper exercise and social interaction when you are home.  It is the right place to keep an untrained dog for the safety of both the dog and the things in the home.  If a dog is not corrected for picking up inappropriate objects (the first step to chewing), it will never learn not to. A properly supervised dog never gets to step 2, which is actually chewing the thing & its own reward- think about it! 

          • mshog2u

            You are so right Kathryn!!! And that goes with any breed!! I always made the buyers of my puppies get a crate to train their dogs in and they always THANKED me later on with doing so. After 20 years of Dobermans and close to that in Brittanys, but I also co-bred Labs with my Girlfriend cause we showed each others dogs so we co-bred them. I had all 3 breeds in my home at one time (before I lost my last Dobes to old age respectively 15 & 14) and never had chewed furniture even from puppies . Training is the KEY!!!

  • susan

    I think you should add a caveat to the chow description–although one of Martha Stewart’s favorites, they are very VERY territorial, which can be a good thing—unless you’re a child or a neighbor. I have never met a friendly Chow on it’s own turf.

    • Mtnsmith

      Good point.  I thought the Chow description as ‘friendly’ was a little off.  They are friendly with people they know well; with others, don’t get too close!

    • http://twitter.com/appledashpony Crackerjack

      I have to share a contrary personal experience. My uncle had several Chows, and when I went to visit him, they were extremely friendly to me and the rest of my family right away although we had never met before. I know this is rather atypical of the breed, and perhaps it was a result of these dogs’ particular pasts, training, socialization, individual personalities, or some combination of factors, but that was the case…

  • disappointed_reader

    Ugh, this article reminds me why I unsubscribed to this website.  These are not the most expensive dog breeds, you just found breeds where one person bought one particular type of dog for a lot of money and then decided on a (probably arbitrary) range.  The Corgi isn’t particularly expensive – I’ve heard of Yorkshire Terriers going for the same amount in the NY/NJ area.  Heard of an Alabai?  They are extremely rare and probably go for more amongst people in the know.  I was expecting this to talk about maybe upkeep or food and exercise requirements adding to costs and instead I got this stupid fluff with random tidbits. Way to disappoint, LearnVest.

  • MSTEINER6

    You are way off base;l I sell show & pet Bichon Frises for $2,000; THE EXPENSE OF OWNING A CERTAIN BREED SHOULD INCLUDE THE UP KEER (AS SOME MAJOR MEDICAL COINDITIONS THAT SOME BREEDS HAVE) EXPENSES SUCH AS A BICHON GROOM EVERY 6 TO 8 WEEKS AT $65. EACH GROOIMING FOIR LIFE (MY OLDEST BICHON IS NEARING 17 YRS – LOTS OF EXPENSE THERE) ADD CERTAIN FOOD, DIETS AND IT GOES UP.+

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UING2KDCEZ45FUXK73W7CNONOE LibertyLover

    Purebreds are worth every penny. I don’t want just any old dog I want a specific dog or none at all.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IFJMHDVZQW7KCCARPE2QGHVXPM Aly

    German Shepards, seriously? They are one of the most popular breeds in existence and no more expensive than any responsibly bred purebred dog.  A few really expensive show dogs does not say much about the price of the breed in general!

  • Irdunnick

    I love purebreed dogs. I paid $2,500 for my last 2 st Bernards. My Bassett hound was never sick a day in his life but broke his leg going after a bear trying to crawl over our fence. If you look in the shelters the dogs available are mostly pit,lab, spitz types which tell me the backyard macho men dont nueter thier dogs..responsible breeders usually have waiting lists for breedings and the biggest cost of a pet….life time maintenance.

    • Amanda Veinott

      I own one of those pit/lab mixes from a shelter and he’s amazing.  Wouldn’t trade him for a purebreed if I was being paid $10,000.  Mixed blood makes a mutt no less loveable and worthy than a purebreed :)

  • Gfp

    We have a golden retriever/ bassett mix and we would not trade him for the most expensive dog in the world

  • Amanda Veinott

    Just curious LL, why all the harshness against other peoples’ posts?

  • doglover

    I think this list is a bit silly. Any dog with proffessional training is going to be worth more then an untrainied pup. and chows??? really. Ive seen yorkie poos for atleast 5000.oo A little more research please

  • Lee_peden21

    I have a German Shepherd with papers.  I love him more than anything on this earth. I could not put a price tag on him if I tried.  He has some training (started in search and rescue) and eats very good, has had all of his shots and other vet bills (neutered, flee and heart worm meds ect.)  I paid a very reasonable price of $50.00 for him at 11 weeks old.  I do not believe that one has to pay a ridicules amount for a wonderful companion.  I am for going to the shelters.  There are many pure dogs there.  Many people buy dogs and do not relies that they have to let them get exercise, they will chew, they still have to go outside to go potty even when it is raining and freezing and they need baths.  Dogs are a big responsibility but pay you back many time over.

  • Wynnmaree

    I read a comment about bashing on mix breeds and shelter dogs. First off the best dog I ever owned was a mix breed and was better behaved than my purred dogs.
    Second, shame on anyone who bases a shelter dog. Go volunteerat a shelter and maybe u will see how much they suffer. They don’t choose to be there, and honestly, just as many purebred dogs end up there. Why u ask? because not all breeders are careful who they sell their pups to. So when they dogs reach adulthood, they get dumped at the pound, because they got too big or had too much energy. And most dogs have only 3 days to get adopted, or they are put down.

    • Rrrobi496

      Many “breeders” will sell their pups to ANYONE who has the money.  No contracts, no nothing.  No background check, no house check, no followup, not a caring thought for the pup that was sold.  A real, wonderful breeder will have a contract to buy back any dog that is not wanted, for ANY REASON, NO MATTER WHAT, NO MATTER THE AGE!    I bred an excellent purebred dog with a high champion stud, checked the genetics, did testing, had oooodles of vet care and had contracts that read that I would buy back.. in DOUBLE.. any pup/dog that the new owners didn’t want for any reason at all.  No one returned a dog, have kept in touch with everyone.  And, a contract for spay and neuter for all.

  • Crystal

    i am a dog lover, but to spend that amount of money on a dog is ridiculous……i’ll take a shelter dog any day of the week, because they too can be just as sweet and just as loyal and i’m pretty sure that they need me a lot more than i need some million dollar dog

    • Rrrobi496

      THANK YOU!!!    I love your words… “they need me a lot more than I need some million dollar dog”     and, yes… they can be just as sweet and just as loyal… and just as cute and just as gorgeous, and smart, and trainable, and on and on and on…  THANK YOU!!!

  • sample

    Your pic of a CED is actually of a Samoyed

  • Cpattythepisces

    I have a Westie and truthfully, dogs are like a 2-year-old.  They love to scoop things up into their mouths.  I was on the phone when I noticed my dog (I swear she had a smile on her face) was laying on her back with the cap to the water jug in her mouth.  I knew I had to get that from her FAST, or she would have swallowed it, so I jumped up got the ice cream out, and yelled, c’mon, let’s get some ice cream.  Soon as I said that she drop the cap from her mouth and I scooped her out a tablespoon full, then dove for the cap on the floor.  After she gulped down the ice cream, ran to the cap, and SURPRISE, NO CAP!!!  Of course, it was in the garbage!!!   wheewww, that was close call!!  thanks Patty

    • Kathryn

      All dogs should give you any object they have in their mouths w/o any hassle whatsoever & you should not have to go get a bribe in order to get it or have to chase the dog. Train your dog to give things up and you will not have to worry or run to the kitchen for food.  It only takes a moment of inattention for a dog to grab something that might hurt or kill them if they chew/swallow it, so they need to be taught to relinquish anything, like a bottle cap or even their favorite toy, on a command to give or drop.  It’s a simple thing to teach and can save a dog’s life, so pls Google object exchange exercises.  I’m glad you got the cap away from the dog & it was OK, but I hope you teach the exercise to avoid future problems.  Happy training!

  • http://twitter.com/sparklesthesky alycia de mesa

    Well then we got a bargain. Our friendly protective Chow MIX came from our local pound. Love love love her!

    • Maude

      I found my baby also at a pound she’s a Chox & Shepard mixed. I raised her from a puppy. Looking at these prices I feel darn lucky to have her b/c she’s sweet & very protecting of me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=609523639 Jon Benfer

    “his price tag can be attributed to his superb lineage and breeding prospects”

    No. His price tag can be attributed to the perverse Chinese passion for raping the Tibetan culture and country. Buying TMs at this price is like American robber barrons paying top dollar for the heads of Native Americans. The TM is an object in China, like a sports car, a hotel in Hong Kong… just another status symbol to justify both extreme wealth and turning a blind eye to the Tibetan genocide.

    • Rrrobi496

      No, a price tag can be only for the greed of the breeder.  Pet shops charge is very high price for their inferiorly bred puppies.  The mothers are left back on the property to churn out litter after litter, left in a hell of an existence to provide a high profit for the owners.  Price is only that.. a number.  A high price DOES NOT EQUATE HIGH QUALITY !!!!!!

    • Ed

      I totally agree w/ you on the situation in Tibet, but you should know dog breeds of Tibetan origin like the Tibetan Spaniel, Tibetan Mastiff, Lhasa Apso etc have been bred & maintained off of Tibetan soil for a long long time.   The breeds did originate there a long time ago from indigenous dogs, but they were really developed in the west.  Tibetans used working dogs & kept pet dogs, but they were not really involved in developing the breeds as we know them today.  The Chinese are not really into the dog breeding & showing world like, for example, the Japanese are. 

      Free Tibet!

  • Charm

    Someone else has also mentioned it but your Canadian Eskimo Dog picture is a Samoyed, of which I own, and have been in my family through several generations. One of them cost quite a bit because of his prize winning parents, other haven’t cost much at all. My pure Alaskan Malamute cost more.

  • Boo

    Wow! where ever you guys get your prices from are beyond me. a german shepherd for $240,000? that’s BULL!!. you can get pure breds where i am located for $600. that’s coming from full blood german lines and are also registered with the ckc. so where ever you guys get your quotes are obviously wayyyy off. English bulldogs? $9,000? hardly. you can buy them here, once again, pure breds. $400 – $1,000. you guy’s need better writers. whoever does your guy’s writing, doesn’t do much research.

    • Rrrobi496

      Heads up Boo, the CKC is not a responsible breeder registry.  That is the same as the ACA, another popular registry for puppy mills and backyard breeders.  Look at most of the pups from pet stores, they are either ckc or adc, or ada, acc, ccc, they make them up.  And, looks on the papers to see where they came from: Lancaster, Missouri, Kansas, Delaware, etc. These states are notorious for puppy mill locations. Not to say the AKC doesn’t have dogs out there that are being bred for the profit only, but always check to see the parents, the other puppies, where they are being housed, ask about and see their breeding records, their show records, what they are doing to breed to improve the standards of that breed, what they know about genetics, and specific flaws of that breed (every breed has red lights- hips, eyes, cancer, bloat, slipped knee caps, etc.). Ask them questions, how often they breed, how old is their breeding program, talk to their vet.  Be very careful.  And…  NEVER BUY ANY PUPPY FROM ANY, ANY PET SHOP !!!    PET SHOPS make a HUGH profit, charging enormous amounts (PROFITS) FOR POORLY BRED DOGS.  Anyone who pays $9,000 for any dog is nuts (and stupid)!  Watch what you read on craigslist, most of those puppies to “rehome” are puppy mill products!  Lousy backyard breeders get a few questionable dogs and breed them without knowing anything about the genetics or the characteristics and standards of the breed.  All for greed, all for money, and never about the dog, or improving the standards, They breed animals with flaws/genetic problems, they don’t care!   And, ADOPT, DO NOT SHOP.       SPAY AND NEUTER ALL ANIMALS AND THE OVERPOPULATION WILL STOP!!!

      • Illusion

        There is  the American CKC (Continental Kennel Club) and then there is the real CKC (Canadian Kennel Club)

  • RawR

    Why on earth would any pay for a dog from a breeder? What would be the point? So they can breed more dogs? Go to any shelter and you can pick up a mutt for $50- money that will go to the care and feeding of dogs that need a home and people to love them. Mutts live longer, have fewer health problems, and are generally more intelligent from lack of inbreeding. 99% of breeders are in business for one reason- to get their paws on your money!

    • Rrrobi496

      I completely agree with you!!!!  Yes, get a dog from the shelter, as there are 5 million pets killed every year, 5 killion animals that are almost always fine, healthy, cute, loving, in need of a home, some are housetrained, obedience trained, are a bit older so that puppy chew up everything stage has passed, and you are making room for another unwanted or stray dog to get a chance at being adopted. I “bought” four dogs from the shelters, best pets ever.  Smart, cute, not damaged or crazy!!   I support spaying or neutering all animals, dogs, cats, bunnies, etc, that are bought.  Puppy mills supply all the puppies to pet shops, so do NOT buy ANYTHING AT ALL FROM ANY PET SHOP THAT  HAS LIVE ANIMALS!!  BOYCOTT THEM !!!!!    SHUT THEM DOWN.   DO BE CAREFUL WITH WEB SITES THAT SELL PUPPIES, MOST OF THEM ARE REALLY PUPPY MILLS SALE SITES.  They dress up the pup in a cute bow and background props, it’s all way to hide where they really came from, the misery and hell that puppy mills are the parents left behind to churn out litter after litter, all for that greedy profit.   Do your homework, know your breed, check on a breeder, see their facility, talk to them, see the parents, all the pups, do your background work first.   And ADOPT,  DO NOT SHOP AT ANY PET STORE THAT SELLS ANY ANIMALS  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Cardmt

        “There are 5 million pets killed every year”
        This is because of all the irresponsible people who decide their dog is so cute it needs to have puppies — they want another dog just like their dog —- they want their kids to experience “the miracle of birth”…  Or they’re just downright plain lazy and don’t keep their intact animal contained and in control at all times and have an “oops” pregnancy. 

        There are plenty of reputable breeders out there who devote a large part of their lives to bettering and improving the breed.  People need to research who they’re buying from and the quality of the dogs.  Not everyone HAS to go to shelters to control the overpopulation.  People just need to stop being stupid and lazy with their pets.

    • Illusion

      as a “Breeder”, I can assure you I DO NOT make money, I breed show dogs & I only breed when “I” want a new show puppy NOT when someone is wanting to buy a puppy. I also do NOT sell my puppies to just any idiot that calls or emails me, I turn down about 85% of the people that call me. There are “Good” breeders out there and to suggest that ALL breeders are the same is like saying that all cars are the same, that all paint is the same, that all houses are the same…they arent and “IF” people would do some research rather then just typing in the breed on the internet and buying the 1st puppy they can find they would find a good breeder that breeds for good health & longevity. So Please dont assume every person that breeds dogs is the same.

  • Nicole6

    Wth?  I bought my German shepherd in Germany.  Registered in Germany.  Was the real “Old” German shepherd type, not the sometimes funny looking or giant (when poorly bred) shepherds that are so common in the U.S.. She was the daughter of the police chief’s dog (a dog that had a wall of trophies, including “Most Feared (police dog) of Bavaria”), he was SchH III, her mother was SchH II.  Cost… $800.  I only bought her because we were moving away from Germany and there are no “Altdeutsche Schäferhunde” in the U.S. But, damn, those prices are way off, lol.  Come to me if you want a “security dog”, I’ll only charge… $100,000.  This will involve importing a SchH III trained shepherd from Germany :D  I’ll have enough left over to buy a new car and put a down payment on a home.  hahahahaha

  • Tbytc

    He should put in prison for the rest of his life, because he will be a serial killer…

  • avalon

    That is a Samoyed not a “Canadian Eskimo”. I’ve had three. Who did your research?

    • Guest

      there are Samoyed and then there are Eskimos, both American and Canadian. There are also miniature and toy breeds of the Eskimo family of dogs. Do your own research before commenting on that of others.

      • Guessssssst

        Samoyed are a Siberian dog.. also this IS a Samoyed NOT a “Canadian Eskimo”. Canadian Eskimo dogs look much like the other huskies in its family. Although Samoyed’s are also Huskies, they are recognizable by their fluffy, pure white coat.

      • Ed

        “Toy” and “Miniature” Eskies are not legitimate breeds, they are a puppy mill & BYB invention just like”teacup” Poodles, “miniature” Aussies, “supersize” Dobermans and so on.  The Eskie size as established by the American & Canadian Eskie Clubs is the only legitimate one.  A “toy” Eskie is just a poor quality runt dog not bred to the standard the same as a teacup dog…. and they often sell them for more as rare to dumb people who think they are. 

  • Thewriteguy

    Give me a good old-fashioned — inexpensive — mutt any day!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E6QVVT5TXT2ZQTWDOOX4UMSYEU Sancho Panza

    Hi Guys, I needed a pet so I decided to get me a Pig, I heard pigs are smarter than dogs and   in any case you want to get rid of it. . . you don’ t. You can eat it for thanksgiving day or christmas maybe. 

  • Rrrobi496

    BOYCOTT ANY PET SHOP/STORE THAT SELLS ANY ANIMALS AT ALL.   SHUT THEM DOWN.  ALL THE PUPPIES THAT ARE SOLD IN PET SHOPS OR PUPPY STORES ARE FROM PUPPY MILLS.  THE PARENTS ARE LEFT THERE TO CHURN OUT LITTER AFTER LITTER ON AND ON AND ON AND ON, YEAR AFTER YEAR, EVERY SIX MONTHS, MORE PUPPIES.  The facilities are filthy, crowded, wire cages, wire floors, the dogs are never groomed, fed poorly, have minimal health care, and often because of the constant barking, a tube is shoved down their throats to destroy their vocal chords, so their barking is reduced to a soft groan.  When the females can’t produce anymore babies, they are thrown out.  Puppies mills are hell for the dogs there, of course, the puppies are all cute, they are sold to pet shops when they are only 5 weeks old, for they age quickly in those cages in the stores.  The prices are enormous, profit is very high, from puppy mill owner, to broker, to pet shop, everyone make out with more money.  Check the “registration papers” (which are worthless), all the locations are Lancaster, Pa., Missouri, Kansas, Delaware, these are but a a few.   ACA is a false registration group, so is ADA, ACC, they make them up.  No one cares about the genetic healthy of the puppies being produced, the parents have serious flaws, the care provided to the parents is horrible, horrendous, and many shelters have been shut down only to open up again in a new location.  They are fined, but they don’t care.  One mill owner even killed his 68 dogs to evade prosecution and heavy fines.        Do not breed, adopt, do not shop.  Boycott any pet store that sells animals.   Do not buy  ANYTHING FROM THEM AT ALL.         

    • Rrrobi496

      Note:  I typed in “shelter” by mistake.   I meant to type in … “and many puppy mills have been shut down only to open up again in a new locations”.    Please, do go to your shelters and adopt an animal.. Just one… Save a life!   Please!!!

    • Will Smoth

      source or gtfo

    • shaggy

      All of them? You’ve inspected every one?

  • Rrrobi496

    These prices are nuts!  Where do you do your homework?  Even a show quality, well bred, very well bred show potential puppy would cost less.  $9,000, $11,000,,, are these people crazy?  If you want to show, or own that perfectly bred, with perfect conformation, coats, on and one dog… (which there really isn’t a perfect dog unless you are in a show breeding program), you can spend $2,000.  That is with having solid A.K.C. Champion lines on both sides, all the way back.. generations of solid champions…    Do your homework, and never buy any pup from a pet shop.  Yes, they charge a very high amount (profit), but their dogs are not champions, the parents languish in puppy mills, hell for the dogs left there to breed non stop.  Do your homework.  Be educated, learn about training, about the breed and about the prices.   $9,000, $11,000……. someone got taken….  as P.B. Barnum said.  “there are fools and suckers born every minute”.   What a con game the pet stores own.

  • Madame George

    This is the cutest dog I have ever seen.

  • Sibofefe

    Woof.  Bark bark bark woof bark woof.  Bark.  Woof.

    • AddisonDewitt

      wow you are so intelligent

  • http://twitter.com/appledashpony Crackerjack

    Untrue; it has never been proven that either purebreds or mutts are more susceptible to health issues. People merely think so because certain breeds are more prone to certain problems than others; there’s no such comprehensive information available for mixes because they vary so widely.

    • Kayla

      You are sort of wrong.  Certain genetic health issues have largely been bred out of certain breeds or lines w/in those breeds by the reputable show breeders.  For example, if you get a Doberman from a reputable breeder, it will not have VonWillebrands disease (a genetic bleeding disorder) or be dysplastic since those things can be checked before breeding the parents.  You get that Dobe mix, you don’t know.  You seldom see bad knees, elbows & hips in well bred dogs these days.  I am not anti mix at all, just that w/ them you know nothing about their genetic make up like you would if you got a pure bred from a good breeder who only breeds good healthy dogs.  I do agree that things that are not genetic are probably about equal.  Mixes are unpredictable as you may not even know what they are mixes of to know what problems to look for.   As for things caused by environment, poor care, poor diet, etc or “germs”, any dog can get those.

      • http://twitter.com/ShowMeSomeDash Flashdance

        It just tells me NOW that I have a response here…? Wow. Well, different name, but that was me, at any rate. Um…I totally agree with you, and would never have said otherwise. (I think my point was that, while there is the “more diverse gene pool” factor to consider, the commonly spread idea that mixes are naturally healthier is not reliable…dogs can inherit the better and/or worse traits from each parent.) Yes, strict and careful breeding and health checking have dramatically improved the health of many bloodlines and most pure breeds–exactly the goal of responsible breeders. But mixes ARE unpredictable…especially when you have no idea whom or what the parents are, where they came from, what their genetic issues may be, etc. One of the major advantages of a purebred is that people can have an idea of what they want in a dog, choose the breed for them, and stand a good chance of getting most of what they want. Obviously, a dog that combines two or more breeds is probably going to be a lot less predictable as far as health concerns, temperament, etc.

  • illusion

    This is such a crock!!! the idiots that paid those prices are eccentric’s, they feel they have to pay those prices or it isnt worthy….People, do your homework, I am all for saving dogs from the shelters, but I am also all for reputable breeding. I have been breeding & showing for several years and if you are doing it right you certainly do not make money at it. Every purebred breed has a mother club, so say your looking for a MIniature Pinscher, type in Miniature Pinscher Club of America, (same with every breed, might vary , but it’s there), get a puppy from a REPUTABLE breeder, not one that advertises newborn puppies for sale

  • HeftyNZ

    LOL – Those are the silliest prices I have ever seen – and so not true.  Admitedly I live in New Zealand by the most you’d pay over here for any of those breeds is $2000 NZD!  Mostof those breeds sell for under $1000 dollars over here. You pay more for a cross breed in this country!

  • Dr. Monika Dahncke

    I’m a Saluki-Lover living in Germany preserving an oriental sighthound breed. Within 35 years I bred 9 litters of working Salukis. First I do breed for myself to have dogs fit for participating in lure-coursing and racing. In general I keep three dogs of each litter for myself the others I do sell. The puppies of the current litter are sold for 1950 Euros. The costs for bringing up the dam and having shown her qualities are equal to the price of a new middle class car. So this price doesn’t cover at all the expenses.

  • Sya0929

    What a crock of MIS-INFORMATION!!!!!!!!!!!
    1. The prices listed are way out of line.
    2.  Quality breeders rarely make the bills let alone any spending money.
    Quality breeders test for everything imaginable health-wise.
    3.  Mutts are cute but their health is no better than any other dog.  Purebreds
    usually have a history you can check for inheritable problems.  Mutts, you do not
    have that history to check.  It’s just good luck.   Pig in a poke.
    4.  Yes, for John Q Public, by all means adopt from a shelter.  Most of the dogs
    there are because of JQP anyway, not reputable breeders.  Reputable breeders
    take the dogs they bred back if things don’t work out.
    5.  Most of the shelter dogs are “disposable” by the previous owner.  Oh, bought that cute puppy for Christmas from the pet store and now 6 months later with no training, no time put into the pup for socialization etc etc dump it off at the shelter cause you’re too lazy to care for the animal you took responsibility for.
    Give me a break………………..

    • MaryJane

      I couldn’t have said it better! 

    • Mr. Retro

      Your point #5 is invalid.  There are plenty of overbred purebreds in the shelters as well.  An A-hole owner will dispose of any dog that is inconvenient.  Also, if you want a purebred, there are rescue groups for pretty much every breed.

      • Cardmt

        Yes, “purebreds” by people who have no idea what they’re doing and simply want to use their dogs as ATM machines and see how much money they can get out of them.  They figure they have a purebred shepherd and will find ANY shepherd and simply start popping out all the puppies they can……. with no regard to their health, temperment, genetic makeup or background.  There are plenty of irresponsible breeders; this also includes puppy mills.  All they care about are $$$.  RESPONSIBLE breeders take only the best of the best…….. they test their dogs for all known medical problems that are prevalent in the breed.  They take only the best temperments.  They do everything they can to IMPROVE the breed.  And if at any time, someone has to give one of their puppies up, they have signed a contract upon taking that dog that the dog is only to go back to the breeder…… These dogs do NOT end up in shelters.

    • Michaelb

      Also not true. Pure breds do have more health problems, learn something before you comment. Good comment about shelters.

  • Guest

    Purebred Italian Greyhound: $5000
    Purebred Yorkie: $5000

    Yes, I know people that have paid that much for those breeds. The cost of upkeep for the Italian Greyhound is enormous, as well (very fragile dogs). My sister’s dog has hypothyroidism, acid reflux, and failing eyesight. All of those, along with her dog’s extremely fragile bones, are inherited. All require medication costing my sister upwards of $200/month. She needs to be on a special diet, as well, to control the acid reflux and so she will actually eat. Luckily, this can be accomplished by putting chicken, veggies, and rice in a slow cooker and refridgerating the food. Due to her failing eyesight and weak bones, she broke her leg when she ran into a bush she couldn’t see. That surgery alone cost over $3000. My sister’s dog has cost her close to $5000 in the past 3 months, aside from the $5000 she paid for it back in 2006.

    My English Pointer/ Rhodesian Ridgeback mix from the pound cost me all of $25. Aside from getting his declaws removed when he broke one ($1000) and getting him neutered ($43 at the Humane Society), all he needs is food, routine exams, vaccinations, and flea, tick, and heartworm medication. 

    If you want a purebred dog, I say get one! Just be prepared to pay for it, long after you’ve purchased your furry friend. Do your research. And please, spay and neuter your animals! How many of you are actually going to end up breeding your pup? It’s costly, chances are you will not make a profit. Be responsible dog owners :)

    • Piperdiva

      I have two Italian Greyhounds, and I got them from a rescue organization for $100.00 each.  

    • MaryJane

      In the above comments about the “responsible breeder”(not your comment, but others before you), I would suggest your case illustrates the value of a responsible breeder.  Each breed organization has a code of ethics.  Each breed has it’s own issues.  A responsible breeder should be well-versed in his/her breed and their inherent problems. Only the animals meeting the strictest standards recognized by each breed should be used for breeding. Furthermore, no animal who has been tested and confirmed as a carrier of disease or any inherited physiological issue should be bred.  I raise collies. I may have a litter or two a year or none if I have not decided on a breed-enhancing cross between two quality individuals.  They are micro-chipped, have all shots and wormed, have health checks, and eye checks by a certified canine ophthalmologist.  I keep in touch with owners who I get to know fairly well by the time the puppy is 10 weeks old.  Why do we do eye checks.  Because that is a huge issue with collies (collie eye anomaly).  I cannot tell you how many people I have talked to who had a collie they loved only to have them go blind as the result of a detached retina. They were bought from people who just bred to breed and probably hadn’t researched a thing about collies other than the price they could sell them for.  These are the people who give truly responsible breeders a bad name.   As for your comment about dog shows.  My children are junior handlers and I show in conformation.  We spend enjoyable times at dog shows together with our beloved family pets. 

      • Michaelb

        And NEVER sell their dogs though pet stores or on the internet!

    • Michaelb

      Anyone that spends that kind of money on a dog when we are killing 4 million a year in this country is truly sick.

  • Aerocare Aero

    Chows can bite, bred for eating, don’t get one, they can take off your face

    • Anonymous

      People who get bit, usually deserve it..

      • Andrea Tamati

        I aggree with 1 of your reader if have not got the $ to pay animal dont get, My parter Aunt has a schnazaer and she has no job and cant pay for dog and has other people paying for it also has part stroke and cant walk the dog all time so is getting other to do for, then cousin that 3 that is a legal exc she can pay for all them bill and ops easy, so I agree fully!!

    • Ollie

      All dogs can bite.  Chows were bred for food, that is true and they are still bred for food & fur in China.  I don’t like them either & they are only for very experienced dog owners who will properly train & house them- which is true for most of the dominant breeds.  They suit some, but not me for sure & not most people!

    • Michaelb

      Might want to actuallt train the dog. They are temperamental, but dont blame the entire brreed because you are clueless.

  • guest

    There is no such thing as a responsible breeder. Most dogs that enter shelters are put to death and true dog lovers would be appalled by that fact. Please adopt. 

    • shaggy

      If no one intentially bred dogs they would become extinct. The reason to breed in the first place is to improve genetic lines so that we can minimize health problems and breed for the temperament that makes them mans best friend in the first place…Unless you’re such a dog lover that you’re ok with eventually adopting a wolf, fox, or hyena in the future. Intentional breeding is how the dog became domesticated in the first place…even the mixed breeds. No breeds, no mixed breed…duh!

      • Michaelb

        NOT TRUE!

      • Pug Mama

        What a crock of crap!!!

    • Anonymous

      Include your parents in the list of irresponsible breeders…

      • Michaelb

        You make a jerk comment like that about someone trying to help with a huge problem i this country. please seek profrssional help, you clearly need therapy. We still kill 4 million dogs a year in  this country, guess you have no problem with that. JERK!

      • AddisonDewitt

        retard

  • http://www.facebook.com/rmalouf1 Robert Malouf

    The worst cruelty for any animal is buying it. Only free animals should be accepted as pets, any thing less leads to greed and profitability = cruelty.

    • Cardmt

      That may be fine when people are only looking for pets.  Even with pets, sometimes people are very interested in having guarantees on the health and genetic background of the dog.  Working dogs have to be purchased through reputable breeders so people know what they’re getting.  Backyard breeders, lazy owners, irresponsible owners (“Oh I have to breed my dog because she’s just SO CUTE”) and puppy mills are the ones responsible not only for the pet population explosion but also responsible for weak-nerved, genetically and medically unstable dogs all over.

      • Michaelb

        Working dogs canm be found at shelters also. Just read an article about a police detection dog that was rescued from a kill shelter.

  • Spay-Neuter-Adopt!

    I agree to the whole spay-neuter-adopt. And to who ever said that dogs would go extinct if there wasn’t breeders – wrong. Dogs and cats are overpopulated. Hence, the reason why most shelters are kill shelters. They simply have no room for all the dogs that come along. And as far as muts vs. purebreds, muts obviously win. Yeah, purebreds might be something to show off in a dog show but other than that they’re no better than a mut. Muts generally live longer than purebreds anyhow. And they’re health is better seeing as they get different breed’s health. Purebreds clearly cost more in the long run, more medical bills, more “suitable” dogfood, etc. And why would anyone want to buy from a breeder when they can get a perfect dog at a shelter + save a life? Sure, you will have to train it nine times out of ten, but if you didn’t wanna take the time then don’t get a dog in the first place. And not all shelter dogs require training, some already have it because of previous owners. I encourage everyone to spay and neuter, because it’s overpopulated as it is, why bring more homeless dogs in to this world when they more than likely will end up at a shelter anyways? Most dogs that people buy from breeders end up at a shelter, too. At my local shelter there is more purebreds than muts, and guess what? They’re cheaper, $60 for the dog, all shots, spay/neutered, wormed, healthy, and microchipped! Pretty decent deal to me.
    -Spay-Neuter-Adopt!

    • Marianne_erikson

      Exactly!

  • Pat

    There is no reliable independant statistical evidence that a “mutt” is healthier and has fewer vet bills than a well bred purebred dog.  (I am talking good breeders who test for problems before breeding, NOT puppy mills & back yard breeders.)  This is purely anecdotal as nobody has done any large long term multi breed studies.  A lifetime of good health also has variables such as diet, environment & the quality of routine & preventative health care the dog gets.  The basic difference is a good purebred’s background (I am talking show dogs) is known for many generations and a mixed breed’s is often totally unknown.  I can say with complete certainty that no dog we have bred has been dysplastic or had a dysplastic ancestor for at least 5 generations, for example, as we test all dogs and only deal w/ other people who do the same.  If you go get mixed breed Rover at the shelter, well, you don’t know if his sire was dysplastic, lame, suffering from pancreatitis & bald from skin allergies and his dam had juvenile cataracts, diabetes and a grade 3 heart murmur.  The same is true of buying a puppy off the net or the classified ads- maybe you can see one or both parents, but they are not top quality examples and all the dogs behind them were most likely not tested.  Get a pup from a pet store or website- you don’t know abt the parents either the pix may be fakes.  We have found 2 of our dogs pictured on puppy mill sites saying they were the sires of the pups.  Wanna bet?  They stole the pix off other show sites.  Most people breeding & selling like that do not even know what the breed standard is & all then genetic problems in the breed & how/when to test for them.  The puppy mills, well, they breed whatever problems as they don’t care & know you will never see the parents.  I suspect they have the highest incidence of unhealthy dogs, but this is my opinion and not a fact.  People are by & large trashing purebreds from BYBs and mills, not dogs from reputable breeders.  A dog from a net or paper ad & one from a good breeder are not the same thing. 

    Don’t get me wrong, I am absolutely not anti mixed breed dog, but I think it is wrong to say they are healthier and to claim those few select breeders who breed the best dogs and use all science has to offer to make sure they are free of genetic defects are breeding unhealthier dogs.  If you get a purebred dog from a good breeder, it is definitely less likely to have problems than the lesser (puppy mill/BYB) bred ones or mixed breed population and sometimes the dog can be guaranteed not to have certain problems.   It is true certain breeds are more likely to get/have certain problems, but it is simple logic that a dog from a line where no dogs w/ that problem are in the gene pool is much less likely to have the problem to it being totally clear of it, depending on how the gene(s) for that problem operate.

    It is wrong as someone did below to criticize a dog for being like it is supposed to be.  An Italian Greyhound is SUPPOSED to have fine bone, in fact many breeds are supposed to be fine boned and are, therefore, more likely to break a leg than a heavier boned dog.  An IG will have more breaks than a Pug, for example.  The breed standard is determined by the national breed clubs  & I totally agree some are too exaggerated, but that is something to think about when picking out a breed.  IGs are very fragile dogs in some respects & do require more care, coats when it is cold and so on.  It is common sense you do not let a blind or visually impaired dog run around loose outside, so that broken leg was your sister’s neglect & not the fault of the breed.  Let me guess, she did not get the dog from a show breeder, did she?  I bet it was an internet (puppy mill) pup at that price?  Were both parents CERFed & tested thyroid normal & she has copies of the certificates?  (We don’t breed IGs, but I do test all my dogs for normal eyes & thyroid and more.)  If someone gets a dog from a bad breeder, it is the dog and not the breed.  Price has nothing to do w/ quality!  In fact, a price like that pretty much spells out duped as reputable breeders do not sell pet quality dogs for high prices like that.  People who are breeding to make money do and we all know what those people are.

    Problems can go w/ breeds.  If you hate shedding, don’t get a Chow Chow, if you hate messy drool, don’t get a Bloodhound, if you want a low energy lap dog, don’t get a Border Collie, if you hate snoring & farts, don’t get a Bulldog, if you don’t want high maintenance ears & to pay for ear problems, don’t get a Cocker, if you hate smelly skin & dermatologists, don’t get a Shar Pei & so on.  No one breed fits all and a mix is an excellent choice for many people.

    Nobody breeds seagulls and they have not gone extinct.  As long as there are stray and feral dogs and irresponsible owners who do not spay/neuter, puppy mills & back yard breeders, there will be plenty of dogs.  Millions of them are killed for being unwanted every year and millions more take their places via irresponsible breeding.  THERE IS NO SHORTAGE OF DOGS!  The role of the relatively few dogs produced by the top show & working breeders is to maintain those breeds or working lines (such as dogs bred especially to be explosive, drug detection, Customs, seeing eye and so on dogs).  If you think those breeders are the ones filling the shelters & rescues, think again. When they sell pet quality dogs, they will always take them back at any age for any reason.  They sell them on spay neuter contracts or already spayed/neutered and they only sell to people they have checked out, not to anyone who clicks “add puppy to shopping cart” or shows up with the cash.  The top breeders of show & working dogs are a drop in the bucket and not part of the problem.  They really are the solution for they do everything possible to produce healthy dogs w/ stable temperaments that conform to the breed standard.

    Again let me reiterate I am not anti mixed breed dog at all as those dogs need homes first & foremost.  A quick check of the local SPCA shows they have 38 dogs- 4 purebreds (2 Am Bulldog, a Lab & a mini Poodle) and the rest mixes, 14 of them ID ed as Pit Bull mixes.  Looking at the pix of the 4 purebreds, I can say w/out a doubt they are not from good breeders as they are not true to type at all.  I am 100% anti breeding mixes- the current “designer dog” craze to charge insane prices for Yorkiepoos, Labradoodles, Puggles and so on that are mixed breed “mutts” like any shelter & rescue has tons of already.  I am also 100% against back yard breeders and puppy mills- those breeding poor quality dogs to make a profit or for “fun” as such people are not interested in bettering the breed & producing healthy dogs as that takes skill & knowledge.  Adopt them, yes….. buy and breed them- no way! 

    • Michaelb

      The problem is that most people dont do their homework and ende up buying from puppy mill breeders, not the responsible ones.

      • Marianne_erikson

        “Responsible breeders” HA! What an oxymoron!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tania-Price/1491694667 Tania Price

    A breed not mentioned is the Argentianian Dogo, bred to be loyal and protective to their owners as well as incredible hunters. The newly engineered breed is a mix of up to several performance specific canines, such as; the Bulldog, Mastiff, Greyhound, Retriever, etc…They are incredibly smart dogs with an affinity for problem solving!

    • Mike H.

      They were also bred from the Cordoba Fighting Dog & can be dangerous if not properly socialaized, trained & maintained.  The average person is not expert enough to own a dog like this. They are illegal to own in the UK & some locations in the USA and largely not covered for liability by most insurance companies. This breed is not suitable to be a family pet, they were bred exclusivesly for fighting and killing animals (hunting them down) until very recently and are among one of the dangerous breeds likely to bite & kill people or other domestic animals.  They are quite popular with thugs, drug dealers and so on.  (This is a recent breed, started in the 1930′s, so they are not that many generations from the initial inbreedings nor being selectively bred for fighting & killing.) They also suffer from a multitude of health problems as health was not a concern when forming & maintaining the breed.  If anyone is thinking of getting one of these killing machines, they need to be sure to find a reputable breeder who is a member of the national breed club and breeding ARBA registered dogs with written proof the parents have had BEAR, CERF and Penn Hip or OFA and also some sort of independant temperament test such as the AKC’s CGC test.  The breed is not recognized by the AKC, but any dog may take the CGC test.  You will need to be an experienced dog owner willing to get professional training for the pup & assistance to socialize it to people & other animals & a 6′ fence is a must.  I do not own one, but have has experience w/ them managing the dog kennel in a shelter in a large city in the US.  YOU REALLY NEED TO KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING TO PURCHASE/ADOPT A DOG LIKE THE DOGO ARGENTINO!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tania-Price/1491694667 Tania Price

    And the Dogos start at 4,000$ US