When you hear the words “unconditional love”, your first thought is not likely to be your spouse or children, but it may be your dog. Humans love dogs. We love how devoted and happy they are. We love that they’re cute. They have our hearts even when they’re mischievous.
According to the Spectrem Group, millionaires prefer dogs over any other animal. 58% of millionaire pet owners have dogs. Cats are in second place at 37%. So, which breeds do the rich favor? It’s unclear, but since they tend to have large reserves of funds, millionaires can certainly afford the costliest breeds. Here are 5 of the most expensive breeds in the world.
The Canadian Eskimo Dog hails from North America. This beauty is strong, smart and brave. Long ago, they were used for polar journeys, but the advent of snowmobiles decreased the demand for this hardworking and loyal dog. Not many of these dogs remain, and because they are hard to find, you’ll have to pay $6,000 to $7,000 for a puppy.
This protective animal is a favorite among police departments, and rightly so. They are excellent working dogs. German Shepherds are reliable and intelligent. A purebred dog can run $6,500, but a trained one can cost over $50,000. Originally from Germany, this dog was used mainly for guarding and herding sheep. Today, its intelligence and willingness to obey is what sets it apart. German Shepherds are open to learning commands and working.
This small dog really does look like a “Little Lion”. The Lowchen is a very rare breed. It’s a good pet due to its playful and friendly temperament. Lowchens are longer than they are tall, and only weigh up to 18 pounds. Because it is a rare breed, there are not many Lowchens registered in the world. This little lion will be difficult to secure, and you should expect to pay anywhere between $5,000 and $8,000.
While the Samoyed is muscular and can grow to weigh 55 to 65 pounds (depending on gender), it should not be used as a guard dog. This dog is not the least bit aggressive.
It is friendly and gentle; a great playmate for kids. Its thick coat, medium size and easygoing temperament makes the Samoyed a wonderful fit for pulling sleds and herding. The friendly breed is devoted and rarely seeks out trouble, although it is smart and attentive.
It will bark if it senses danger, making it a reasonable watchdog choice. Samoyeds are priced in the $6,000 to $7,000 range, although a high-quality purebred can run upwards of $11,000.
Tibetan Mastiffs are large and territorial. Originally from Central Asia, this ancient breed was used as a flock guardian as it is sturdy and fearless. As a big dog that can grow up to 150 pounds, Tibetan Mastiffs are not afraid to challenge leopards, wolves or any animals that threaten its flock.
While very protective of its property, and not welcoming towards strangers, this animal can be kept as a domestic pet. However, it must be taught to socialize. While the dog is typically priced around $5,000, it serves as a status symbol in some countries and can go for millions!
Dogs are considered man’s best friend for a reason. They are dedicated and smart companions. We adore them! When it comes to purchasing a pet, millionaires can have their pick of the litter, so to speak. They have more discretionary income and can afford to spend it on their canine friends. The dogs listed above are among the priciest and most popular. Which dog is right for you?