They are loveable, loyal and are considered man’s best friend. But would you fork thousands or millions to buy one?
For billionaires, any dog will not do. It’s not only the pooch that matters but its lineage as well.
Here’s our list of the priciest puppies up for grabs for the elite dog lover.
The most expensive dog in the world was a Tibetan Mastiff called Big Splash. He was sold for $1.5 million to a Chinese coal baron. The massive build of a Tibetan Mastiff hides a loyal, calm and good-natured pet. The breed loves open spaces--a farmhouse or a sprawling bungalow is perfect for this big ball of fur (they are known to weigh as much as a 100 kgs).
A breed slightly easier to procure than the Tibetan variety, the French Mastiff grows up to be a strong and imposing dog. Pure brawn and high maintenance, the French Mastiff is often considered as status symbols by the elite. Salman Khan popularly named his two French Mastiffs 'Myson and Myjaan.'
The Welsh Corgi has a folklore attached to its breed; according to legend, it served as a steed for fairies (hence the saddle-like pattern on it coat). Most famous for being the favourite breed of Queen Elizabeth II, the Corgi has been the most preferred pet of British royalty for more than seven decades. Its price matches its elite status--the pint sized pooch costs at least $1,000, but may increase depending on breed and pure blood line.
Also known as the 'Gazelle Hound,' the tall, nimble Saluki is believed to be one of the oldest breeds of domesticated dogs from Egypt. Its long lineage and graceful appearance makes it extremely popular, but beauty does come at a price--it requires a lot of maintenance thanks to its long fur and delicate nature.
The Chow Chow's Chinese name Songshi Quan literally means 'puffylion dog,' and the breed is super adorable and is known for its distinct blue-black tongue. These foxy little dogs are very friendly, but come with a high maintenance tag. Apart from the usual black and cream, Chows come in interesting colours like red, blue and cinnamon.
Originally a hunting breed, these hounds were known to be the Egyptian pharaoh's most loyal pets. With their bat-like ears and lean bodies, the hounds are super sharp and extremely agile; best suited for large houses and open areas. Because of its pure breed and relative rarity, Egyptian Pharaoh hounds are not easy to procure--they are bred only in Malta these days and comes at a hefty price.
Price: $2,500- $9,000
These wrinkly-faced, round dogs may look grumpy and tough, but they are actually very sweet and playful. Because of this temperament, they have become very popular in the recent years and although there are less expensive bull dogs available, a pure bred dog can cost up to $9,000!
The Canadian Eskimo is another breed which is extremely hard to come by, there are less than 500 of them in North America. Imposing, athletic and powerfully built, these dogs are perfect for the adventurous. India's hot weather may not be very suitable for the dogs, but that's what central air conditioning is for!
A very popular breed in Europe, the Lowchen (which means 'little lion' in German) is famous for its coat which is often cut to resemble a lion. Small, bright and lively, Lowchens are very rare to come by today and are very much in demand. Who wouldn't want to own this small fiery ball of fur?
This is another breed that has resided with royalty. Named for King Charles II, the spaniels were bred specifically to match the dogs depicted in Sir Anthony van Dyck's portrait of the king. These snout-nosed dogs, with their fan-like ears, are extremely friendly and easy-going with children as well as other dogs.
Consistently one of the most popular breeds, German Shepherds are both friendly and fierce. While a pure bred is reasonably expensive (because of its high demand), a trained German Shepherd can cost as much as $50,000. That's one costly canine!
Nicknamed 'Smiley' because of their alert and happy disposition, Samoyeds are very popular as show dogs and fashionable pets. Friendly and alert, a pure bred Samoyed will cost you up to $11,000 for pure lineage.
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