It's important for potential purebred dog parents must consider the base purchase price and all of the living expenses such as food, veterinary fees, and grooming. Here is a quick look at some of the most expensive popular dog breeds, in alphabetical order.
DNA tests have proven the Chow Chow to be one of the oldest breeds in the world, tracing their heritage back to ancient China. The Chow Chow's lion-like appearance and unique blue-black tongue makes him a prized companion and show dog. Of course, this means that Chow Chow puppies are expensive and their living costs are considerable too. Their thick coats shed easily, so be prepared to find hair everywhere. It is essential to groom their thick coats regularly to prevent flea infestations. The Chow Chow is also prone to a number of health issues that can lead to large medical bills, including cancer, diabetes, hip dysplasia, autoimmune diseases and various eye concerns. Chow Chows are nevertheless loyal pets that are loving and protective of their families.
Egyptian Pharaoh Hound
The Egyptian Pharaoh Hound is one of the oldest dog breeds in the world, depicted in great detail on pyramid and temple walls. Breeders everywhere believe they are the descendants of desert jackals, meant to protect the pharaoh and his family from political rivals. Bearing a unique appearance and a short coat, this loyal breed is excellent for active individuals and families with enough space for it run, but incurs a high initial cost. There are only a handful of certified breeders in the United States and they expect only the highest quality of their line since the breed is so old.
English Bulldog has seen a spike in its popularity because of the Internet. Sweet temperaments, a distinctive look, and wide recognition for being not only smart, but comical as well, make this small breed an excellent family pet. Unfortunately, it also has the most health problems you will see in a small breed, which is quite uncharacteristic, considering they usually live much longer than their larger counterparts do. Bulldogs have been noted to have poor eyesight even as puppies and blindness is a recurring issue as they get older. Bulldogs are also one of the few small breeds to develop joint conditions like arthritis, as well as regulatory issues with temperature, due to their excess amount of fat.
Large dogs carry all sorts of associated costs with them. They require large kennels, larger spaces to run, regular veterinary visits, and more food. Therefore, it makes sense that the Irish Wolfhound has a steep cost over time in comparison to other dogs. The breed is the tallest in the world, with some wolfhounds capable of standing nearly four feet at the shoulder! Wolfhounds also suffer from the same joint and immunity maladies which most large breeds have, so be sure you are ready for many vet visits.
The Rottweiler has been a mainstay in homes across Europe and the United States for hundreds of years. Famed for their loyalty and powerful build, Rottweilers are an exceptionally popular dog. This popularity does result in some steep initial costs, however. Combine this with a variety of health problems that are seemingly exclusive to just the breed and you have yourself one expensive dog.
If you are looking to add a new furry family member, it's always important to check out which dogs are prone to high medical and grooming bills. Otherwise, you may fall in love before you find out you cannot afford it.