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The Top 10 Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the UK


Dogs have always held a special place in our hearts, they are not just pets but beloved family members. In fact, in the UK over a third of all households own a dog[1].

During the Covid-19 pandemic, there was a sharp rise in the price of puppies and dogs as demand soared. Some breeds prices more than doubled with dogs costing almost £1,900 on average.[2]

It’s essential to remember that the cost of purchasing a dog is just the beginning, as these breeds often require specialized care, training, and attention. Pedigree dogs can tend to have more health problems as they are more closely bred.[3] Pet Insurance can help you cover any costs and make sure you aren’t caught out with a huge vet bill.

In this article, we will explore the top 10 most expensive dog breeds in the UK, shedding light on the factors that contribute to their high price tags.

  • 1. Tibetan Mastiff
Tibetan Mastiff on a beach

Originally bred in the Himalayan region to protect livestock, topping our list is the Tibetan Mastiff. Known for their majestic appearance and fiercely protective nature, these dogs can cost a small fortune, with prices often exceeding £10,000. Their rarity and strong, loyal temperament make them a prized possession for dog enthusiasts.

  • 2. Samoyed

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The Samoyed is known for its fluffy white coat and friendly disposition. Traditionally a working breed from Siberia, where they were used to herd reindeer and pulling sleds. Their beauty and charm come at a price, with puppies fetching around £5,000 or more. Their affectionate nature and stunning appearance make them a popular choice among dog lovers.

  • 3. English Bulldog

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The English Bulldog is a symbol of strength and resilience. Their distinctive wrinkled face and muscular build make them highly sought after, even if they’re well known for their loud snoring. Prices can range from £3,000 to £5,000, depending on pedigree and quality.

  • 4. French Bulldog

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Growing in popularity in recent years the French Bulldogs have become a status symbol, with their adorable bat-like ears and compact size. Prices for these affectionate companions can range from £2,000 to £5,000. Their popularity keeps their demand high. And with higher demand comes higher prices.

  • 5. Rottweiler

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Named after the town they originated in, Rottweil in Germany, Rottweilers are known for their loyalty and protective instincts. These strong and intelligent dogs can cost between £1,500 to £4,000. Their exceptional guarding abilities make them a valuable addition to many households when well trained.

  • 6. Chow Chow

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Chow Chows are recognized for their distinctive lion-like appearance and aloof manner. Their rarity and unique appearance contribute to their high prices of up to £4,000 or more. Chow Chows are known for their independent nature and strong bond with their owners.

  • 7. Pomeranian

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Pomeranians are small in size but big in personality. These fluffy balls of energy can range from £1,500 to £4,000, with show-quality Pomeranians often demanding higher prices. They make charming and lively companions for individuals and families who can provide them with proper care and attention.

  • 8. Golden Retriever

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Golden Retrievers are a very popular breed, known for their friendly and gentle nature. While they are not as expensive as some other breeds on this list, purebred Golden Retrievers can still cost between £1,500 and £3,000. Their loving temperament makes them a cherished family pet.

  • 9. Akita Inu

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The Akita Inu originates from Japan and is celebrated for its loyalty, strength and reserved nature. Prices for these majestic dogs can range from £1,500 to £3,500. Their dignified presence and unwavering loyalty make them a favourite among dog enthusiasts as they make excellent companions. They are best for experienced dog owners who understand their unique characteristics and are committed to proper training and socialisation.

  • 10. Irish Wolfhound

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The Irish Wolfhound is one of the tallest dog breeds, known for its gentle and friendly nature. Their rarity and imposing size can result in prices exceeding £2,000. Despite their size, they are known for their gentle disposition, making them excellent family pets for those who can accommodate their size and are committed to their care.

Owning one of the top 10 most expensive breeds in the UK is not just a status symbol – but also a significant investment. The prices can vary widely based on factors such as pedigree, lineage, and breeder reputation. Make sure your breeder is reputable and never buy from puppy farms, the Kennel Club have a great guide on how to avoid this.

And again importantly – make sure you get Pet Insurance.

Ultimately, whether you choose to invest in one of these prestigious breeds or adopt a mixed-breed dog from a rescue, the love and companionship a dog provides are truly priceless.

Thinking of getting a dog? Check out our guide on puppy proofing your home.