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!