Top 5 Most Expensive Dog Breeds in The UK

The Top 5 Most Expensive Dog Breeds in The UK

Author: Jared Motl 

There are hundreds of different dog breeds on planet Earth, around 360 registered dog breeds to be exact (could be more), all with unique traits, personalities, and appearances, and all equally important. But, there are some dog breeds in the UK that are more expensive than others, and some dog breeds will be harder for a UK resident to adopt. We've put together a list of some of the most expensive dog breeds to adopt in the UK, not in order of price. 

These breeds can of course range in price, and prices of dogs vary depending on the country, so we have given an average price.

1. Samoyed

The Samoyed is a breed of herding dog originating in Russia. They have a double layer coat, often a distinctive white, but can also be biscuit colour, and a distinctive curled tail that lies across their back. A Samoyed puppy in the UK can cost you around £3000, they are extremely rare and because of this they are one of the most expensive breeds of dogs. Don’t let the price put you off though! They are really friendly, rarely aggressive and maintain a playful attitude until later years. Because of their amicable nature they make great companions for small children and other dogs.

2. ​Löwchens

Löwchens also known as Little Lion Dogs rank second in our list, a puppy can set you back around £2000 and are often quite hard to find due to their rarity. In 1976 there were only 65 examples of this breed registered globally. A member of the Bichon family, these dogs are often presented with a Lion cut (hence the name Little Lion Dog), with the rear legs and base of the tail shaved but the shoulders and front legs kept longer, giving a mane like appearance. Known for their intelligence, Löwchens are healthy and happy dogs that make great house pets.

3. Chow Chow

Chow Chows are a breed of dog originally from northern China. With their wide heads and thick fluffy double coats Chow Chows have a very distinct appearance, they have a squared profile and are stocky strong dogs. Due to their size and highly protective nature Chow Chows have an aggressive reputation, and are even banned in many states in the US. They can be possessive over their owner and require the owner to form a bond with training from a young age. Despite this they are very varied in personality, and can be resistant to training, but with socialisation from a young age they can adjust to be more accepting of dogs of the same sex and unfamiliar people. In the UK a chow chow puppy will cost around £2500.

4. Tibetan Mastiff

One of the biggest breeds in the world (an adult male can weigh over 70 kg). Technically the Tibetan Mastiff became the most expensive dog in the world in 2011 when a rare red coloured Tibetan Mastiff named ‘Big Splash’ was purchased for a huge $1.5m, since then there have been even higher prices reported at rare pet fares in China, however these prices are disputed and may be a marketing ploy by breeders. Nonetheless in the UK a pure-bred puppy can cost up to £4000. As their name suggests they originate from Tibet and due to their cold resistant extra long insulating coat, and intimidating size, they are considered excellent nocturnal guard dogs.

5. Azawakh

A West African sight hound primarily bred for game hunting, they are tall and quick (running at up to 65km/h!), and extremely rare in Europe adding to their value. An Azawakh puppy in the UK can cost around £2300. Originating from in and around the Sahara desert these dogs are muscular and slim, and are definitely more comfortable in warmer climates. However they are loyal, gentle and regal in temperament, and are generally very healthy and robust dogs, known for their quick healing abilities. Azawakhs require regular exercise including off lead sprints in open spaces, and are quite susceptible to chasing small animals if they are not well trained.

These are just some of the most expensive dogs one can purchase in the UK however, prices for these breeds can vary depending on the breeder, the appearance of the dog and the country it is being purchased in or from. Overall, the dogs we have listed are quite rare breeds and that is one of the main reasons as to why they are on the higher price end. 

We have a fair amount of Samoyeds in the UK; they are quite popular here. The grooming and welfare of breeds like the Samoyed, Chow Chow and the Tibetan Mastiff can be difficult and not one something to snooze on. They require a lot of grooming as they are double coated dogs and not used to our warm climates. 

You can find out how to groom a Samoyed, Chow Chow and Tibetan Mastiff (as well as other Double Coated dogs like English Sheep dogs) with our Double Coated dog online courses

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