Discover the Top 16 Most Expensive Large Dog Breeds

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Written by Sandy Porter

Published: October 6, 2023

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If you’re a fan of large dog breeds, you might be wondering which ones could make for a viable and affordable pet. These big pups are known to create some havoc when poorly trained. They’re also known for eating folks out of house and home. But if you love them, well, you’ll live with the issues! But which ones make the most sense for your house? Let’s check out the most expensive large dog breeds around the world and see what lines up for you.

Why Are Some Breeds So Expensive?

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The most expensive large dog breeds in the world may contain some surprises. Like most folks wouldn’t anticipate the


making the list.


A lot of pooches go for a reasonable price, but some fetch a whole lot more than others. Why is that? The main reason some cost a lot more is the purity of their bloodlines. A highly reputable breeder will produce much more costly pooches than the average shelter rescue dog. This is because the breeder invests a lot of money into the breeding, birthing, and rearing of pups to get them ready for new homes. They also have to follow strict breeding regulations for the given breeds they work with, including selecting proper parents for the bloodlines.

Rarity of the breed is another major factor in the costs. Some pups are super popular and so tend to be easier to come by. Others, however, can be far more difficult to locate and may need to be shipped or picked up from a great distance away.

Most Expensive Large Dog Breeds

These are some of the most expensive large dog breeds in the world. Rankings fall from least expensive to most expensive in the list, but prices do vary from breeder to breeder. These are the basics most folks will find.

German Shepherd — $800 to $2,000

German shepherd dog

Purebred German shepherds happen to be one of the most expensive large dog breeds in the world. The beautiful working dogs are friendly and effective, so it’s not really that big a surprise.

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While not as expensive as say an Irish wolfhound, the German shepherd is still a pricey pooch, especially if you’re seeking a purebred. The average dog runs between $800 and $1,000, but purebreds will cost a lot more, like $2,000. The German shepherd’s level of training will also raise its cost quite a bit, in some cases.

The traditional herding dogs have become popular for their gentle, good-tempered nature, easy training, and good looks. But they’re also going to cost about $75 to groom each visit and they have potentially astronomical medical bills sometimes reaching as much as $20,500 for treatment of common to rare conditions like hip dysplasia, perianal fistulas, and others.

Great Dane — $1,000 to $2,000

Great Dane pantin

The great dane is one of the most expensive large dog breeds you’ll find. The gentle giants come in many colors, so take your pick.

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The famous Marmaduke dog, or Great Dane, comes at a pretty hefty price, as well. These gentle giants typically cost folks between $1,000 and $2,000 as pups. They have huge appetites, though, so feeding them their entire lives (about 7 to 10 years) winds up costing what feels like a small fortune. Grooming bills (about $65 a pop) and medical bills are the other major expenses to keeping these massive pooches around.

Dogo Argentino — $1,200 to $8,000

A Dogo Argentino dog laying by the water.

The Dogo Argentino is an excellent guardian and loyal to the family. He is a playful and intelligent dog that loves to kiss and cuddle. They also happen to be one of the most expensive large dog breeds.

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On the low end, Dogo Argentino dogs run at “just” $1,200. On the other end, for purebreds from hard-to-find bloodlines can cost as much as $8,000. The large dogs were first bred in Argentina, as the name implies, intended for hunting big game, and specifically wild hogs. They frequently are employed as both companions and protectors by folks all over the world, though. The affectionate, muscular dogs can be pretty intimidating, so it’s no surprise. Beware, though: it’s illegal to own these pooches in Colorado, New York City, and the United Kingdom.

Newfoundland — $1,500 to $2,500

Newfoundland on grass


dogs tend to be pretty expensive. But folks who love the breed find them well worth the cost.

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Next up, we have the Newfoundland, a large dog known for its gentle ways. The friendly giants typically run between $1,500 and $2,500 each, but they’re the perfect breed for keeping around children, scaring off intruders (who don’t know better!), and keep you active. They require a good bit of exercise, so be prepared to get a lot of walking in. They don’t drool a lot like some other big breeds and they don’t shed much.

St. Bernard — $1,500 to $3,500

Very large dog sits and looks up on wooden plank in front of wisteria vines. Big beautiful St. Bernard lays on wooden platform looking up with mouth open a bit.

The beautiful, gentle giants made famous by Beethoven and brandy barrels are some of the most expensive large dog breeds in the world.

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The St. Bernard dog might be most famous for a barrel of brandy around its neck or as a giant composer-named menace. But these beautiful dogs may not live up to legend of the brandy (monks deny they carried the liquor!) but they do live up to the hype. These beautiful, gentle giants love their people tremendously and make for amazing pets. That is, if you’re up for pooches carrying 120 to 200 pounds on their frames and a bit of excessive drool along the way. These incredible dogs generally cost between $1,500 and $3,500, depending on the purity of the breeding and the location you find them in.

Akita — $1,500 to $6,500

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Japanese akita dogs tend to be more expensive than American akitas. Either fall among some of the most expensive large dog breeds around, though.


One of the most expensive large dog breeds of the world comes from Japan. The Akita, a beautiful dog, is known for its beauty, loyalty, and intelligence. The average price for these dogs starts at about $1,500 but could climb up to $6,500, depending on its ancestry. The Japanese Akita is typically costs significantly more than the American Akita, as well.

Rottweiler — $1,500 to $9,000

Stunning proud Adult pedigree male Rottweiler sitting and laying grass posing for a photograph, taken at eye level with studio lights on the lawn looking inquisitive, ready to protect

Beautiful, intelligent, and strong, rottweilers tend to be pretty expensive when purebred.

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Some folks might find it surprising, but rottweilers are among some of the most expensive dog breeds in the world. That is, if they’re purebred. These dogs, as the name implies, come from Germany originally, but being widely popular the world over, you can find a good Rottie almost anywhere. They make excellent guard dogs, police dogs, therapy dogs, and other workers. They typically ring in at $1,5000 to $3,000, but high end breeders may charge as much as $9,000.

Old English Sheepdog — $1,800 to $3,000

Photo shoot of a Old English Sheepdog (Bobtail) dog against a green background

Known as the Shaggy dog, the Old English Sheepdog still functions as a working dog. They also make amazing pets. They also tend to be one of the most expensive large dog breeds you’ll find. The beautiful dogs are super friendly and hard-working.

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An excellent watchdog, companion, and work animal, the Old English Sheepdog makes for an amazing pet. These beauties became famous back in the day of the original “The Shaggy Dog” films starring Tommy Kirk. The gorgeous, shaggy dogs run between $1,800 and $3,000 on average, and have some hefty healthcare price tags. Often, folks wind up spending around $8,000 caring for their shaggy dogs by the end of their 10 to 12 years.

Golden Retriever — $2,000 to $,3000

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The friendly, family-beloved

Golden retriever

can be one of the most expensive large dog breeds you can invest in. But folks who raise them think them well worth the price. They’re especially great with kids, so folks with young families have become some of the most frequent owners of these large dogs.


On average, a beautiful golden retriever will cost you between $2,000 add $3,000. Not the most expensive dog overall, but certainly up there, especially considering the popularity of the breed as a family pet. The breed is one of the most popular in all of America, serving as therapy dogs, shepherds, service dogs, and many other roles. The good-natures, easy-going dogs, loyal to a pain, offer some of the most wonderful companions around, no matter your age. Primarily, it’s the purebreds that will cost you multiple thousands, while crossbreeds will be more likely to be affordable for most folks.

Irish Wolfhound — $2,500 to $3,000

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The Irish Wolfhound’s name originates from its purpose of hunting wolves rather than its appearance. The beautiful dogs look a little rough, but their fur is actually soft. The woolly looking dogs also happen to be one of the most expensive large dog breeds in the world. They make wonderful working dogs, pets, and hunters.


Typically running between $2,500 and $3,000 each, the tall, wire-haired dogs don’t necessarily look cute and cuddly, but they are wonderful dogs. The looks of their coats can be misleading, as well, because they’re actually quite soft. The large dogs are gentle and happen to be one of the tallest, heaviest sighthound breeds. That means these pooches rely more on their sense of sight than of smelling. They’re often used for hunting, though, and tend to be extremely loyal, strong, and intelligent. They’re great with kids and families of all ages and function well as guard dogs.

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog — $2,500 to $3,000

Greater Swiss Mountain dog on the beach

One of the mountain breeds, the

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

has a thick coat that helps make it perfect for cold climates. The expensive dogs make wonderful family pets. These working dogs make amazing pets and always catch the eye.


Another of the most expensive large dog breeds is the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog. These large, sturdy dogs have dense coats in black and white with red markings. The intelligent, highly loyal dogs have long functioned as working dogs but today have become popular family dogs. You’ll likely pay between $2,500 and $3,000 for one of these beauties.

Bernese Mountain Dog — $2,500 to $3,500

Adorable Cute Female Of Bernese Mountain Dog Standing In The Park

Another mountain dog, the Burnese Mountain dog began in the Swiss Alps. These beauties are among the most expensive large dog breeds in the world. The beautiful dogs make for amazing pets or working dogs.


Another stunning, most expensive large dog breeds choice is the Burnese Mountain Dog. These working dogs originated in the Swiss Alps. With beauty, intelligence, and intense loyalty, they make for amazing companions and pets. They also thrive in cold weather, so if you’re in freezing regions, they’re a great choice. These dogs will typically cost you between $2,500 and $3,500.

Alaskan Malamute — $2,500 to $4,000

Adult Alaskan malamute dog lying on black background, studio shot

The oldest and largest sled dog, the

Alaskan Malamute

is also one of the most expensive large dog breeds you’ll find. They’re well worth the cost, though, if you want a loyal pal in colder climates.


Often confused with huskies by folks less knowledgeable, the Alaskan Malamute has longed served in a similar role, These are the largest and oldest breed of sled dogs and one of the most expensive large dog breeds in the world. The strength and loyalty, coupled with their double-layered coat, help to make them perfect for service in the frigid Artic. You’ll find these beautiful dogs run between $2,500 and $4,000.

Afghan Hound — $2,500 to $7,000

Afghan Hound

The Afghan Hound is a hound that is distinguished by its thick, fine, silky coat and its tail with a ring curl at the end. The gorgeous dogs don’t come cheap, though. In fact, they’re among the top five most expensive dog breeds in the world.


A stunning, intriguing dog, the Afghan Hound comes in beautiful, silky, flowing coats. Known for beauty and grace rather than aggression, these large dogs look more emotionally intimidating than physically scary. Originating in the mountains of Afghanistan, the beautiful dogs typically run between $2,500 and $7,000 each.

Black Russian Terrier — $3,000 to $5,000

Black Russian Terrier sitting outside on bench with tongue out

Black Russian Terriers were introduced in the USSR in the 1950s. These gorgeous dogs get pretty big, breaking the mold of most terriers. The fun-loving pooches can weigh as much as 140 pounds!

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Originating in Russia, as their name implies, the Black Russian Terrier is known as a working dog with great intelligence, strength, and loyalty. The dogs serve as guard dogs and pets. They aren’t like other terriers, in fact being one of the most expensive large dog breeds around. They can weigh as much as 140 pounds and stand at 30 inches at the shoulder. They’ll run you between $3,000 and $5,000.

Tibetan Mastiff — $3,000 to $1.5 million

Most Expensive Dog Breeds: Tibetan Mastiff

Despite the Tibetan Mastiff’s guarding instinct, they are very patient and devoted, and love a good cuddle. One of these big guys, in red coloration, went for over $1.5 million, making it the number one most expensive dog in the world. These pooches are perfect for cold mountain regions but they also make for amazing pets.

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The number one, most expensive large dog breed — or any breed, actually — is the Tibetan Mastiff. These giants from the Himalayan country is both majestic and noble, as well as easy-going and affectionate. They look a bit terrifying but the dogs love their humans and their animals faithfully. They were bred for protecting sheep from predators like wolves and leopards. So, if you need a protection dog, you’re in luck! If you need one affordably, though, you may need to look elsewhere. On the low range, these pups go for about $3,000. On the high end, you could find one of the winners worth more than a million dollars. Yes, you read that right. A red Tibetan Mastiff named Big Splash actually sold for $1.5 million dollars.

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Sandy Porter is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering house garden plants, mammals, reptiles, and birds. Sandy has been writing professionally since 2017, has a Bachelor’s degree and is currently seeking her Masters. She has had lifelong experience with home gardens, cats, dogs, horses, lizards, frogs, and turtles and has written about these plants and animals professionally since 2017. She spent many years volunteering with horses and looks forward to extending that volunteer work into equine therapy in the near future. Sandy lives in Chicago, where she enjoys spotting wildlife such as foxes, rabbits, owls, hawks, and skunks on her patio and micro-garden.

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