Any pet lover is willing to spoil their pets and shell out the big bucks to make them happy. Some dog owners are willing to splurge and spend a large chunk of change just to get the breed they've always dreamed of. Here are eight of the most expensive dog breeds in the world, according to The Dog Digest.
Saluki is the Royal Dog of Egypt, meaning it has been man's best friend since the Pharaohs roamed the Pyramids. Salukis are classed as a sighthound, with long legs and deep chests. Being tall and lean, the males can weigh up to 60 pounds and measure up to 28 inches. Prices of these pups can reach up to $2,500.
7. Peruvian Inca Orchid
This pup is a hairless dog with origins in Peruvian pre-Inca cultures. As they're completely hairless with elephant grey skin, the dogs are quite unique in appearance. This breed is priced up to $3,000.
The Azawakh is one of the few African breeds of dogs that is available for purchase in the United States and Canada. This lively dog is in need of lots of physical activity and moves with a distinct feline gait. They can be identified by their almond eyes, thin bodies, and sandy color. These exotic beasts can be priced from $3,000 and up.
The Akita breed originated from the mountainous regions of northern Japan. An Akita can be categorized as either of two strains, a Japanese or an American, but all come with a short double-coat similar to that of a Siberian Husky. Certain breeds of the Akita can be priced as high as $4,500.
4. Pharaoh Hound
The Pharaoh Hound's native name means "rabbit dog," because the breed is traditionally used for hunting rabbits in the Maltese Islands. These dogs are highly intelligent as well as athletic. Some bloodlines of this breed can cost owners $6,500. We hope the rabbits are worth it!
3. Tibetan Mastiff
The Tibetan Mastiff originates with the ancient nomadic cultures of China, Nepal and Tibet. Tribes of Himachal Pradesh used this breed as a guard to protect sheep from predators, making them a very protective breed for any owner. The massive dogs can weigh up to 160 pounds and be as tall as 33 inches. The price for this breed is equally as massive, reaching up to $7,000.
This breeds name comes from the Samoyedic peoples of Siberia who used them to herd reindeer and pull sleds for their nomadic groups. The competitive, strong dogs can cost from $8,000 to $10,000.
Löwchens are a petite, long haired dog that have been a popular breed since the Renaissance, and are even featured in prominent paintings from that period. Nowadays, these "little lions" are extremely rare, pushing their cost to $10,000 in some places around the world.