How Much for That Doggy?

Whether an advertisement for a puppy touts its breeding credentials or is found under the “Free to Good Home” section, the vast majority of dog owners love and enjoy their dogs, regardless of monetary cost. The love and loyalty they receive from their pet, and the opportunity they have to reciprocate those feelings, are things that are literally regarded as priceless. That is not to say that some breeds simply cost more than others. The following are examples of some of the most expensive dogs on the market.

Sticker Shock

The highest price ever paid was for a red Tibetan Mastiff named Big Splash, who was purchased by a mining magnate in China for the equivalent of $1.5 million (U.S. dollars). At least he got a lot for the money; at 11 months old, according to his breeder, Big Splash was already three feet high at the shoulder and weighed 180 lbs. That price tag shattered the previous record, also for a Tibetan Mastiff, purchased by a woman in China in 2009 for $609,000 (U.S.).

A Breed Apart

As far as breeds are concerned, purebred Alsation German Shepherds can sell for as much as $24,000, with one in New York City selling last year for $230,000. (You’d be lucky to find one for less than $3,000.) The adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel goes for as much as $14,000. The Siberian Samoyed is priced in the $4,000 to $11,000 range. Purebred Chow-Chows, Rottweilers and English Bulldogs will all provide adequate security for your valuables, including themselves, as they all top out in the neighborhood of $8,000 to $9,000 for championship bloodlines.

As one might expect, many people are surprised to find just how much benefit they derive from their status-symbol pet in terms of love and affection. When one considers the positive health effects that come along with pet ownership (including lower blood pressure and less risk of hypertension), one begins to realize that the assignment of mere monetary value comes in dead last in terms of what makes their furry companions so wonderful.