Few breeds of dogs are as graceful-looking and austere as the Afghan hound. If you want to be an owner of this fancy, fine-haired pooch, you’d better start saving since prices are reaching ten thousand. This beautiful breed will cost a lot, and they’re mid-sized dogs which means a good amount of food, too.
Afghans are free-thinking and independent – a mature dog might not even enjoy being petted. However, these dogs are tender and can be very affectionate when they want to be. They’re often mischievous, and you might find items of yours, such as clothes, disappearing to secret spots. As you might expect, get ready to groom – fur like that doesn’t just happen.
Dogo Argentino: $8,000
The Dogo Argentino is a powerful pooch, and if you have your heart set on one, you'll not only need a big bundle of cash for the down payment, but you also can't live in certain areas of Colorado or anywhere in Norway, just to name a few examples. The Dogo is so strong and dominating that it can be dangerous.
This is definitely not the dog for first-time owners, as the dog will exert its dominance and could even become violent. They require patience to train, but with enough work, they can fit into a family. They need space, exercise, and lots of food. If you know what you're doing, this dog will work, but be warned.
Pharaoh Hound: $7,500
If you can picture the pharaoh hound lounging in ancient Egyptian palaces, you aren't alone. Imagine our surprise, then, when we learned that the pharaoh hound hails from Malta, an island in the Mediterranean Sea, and was used to chase rabbits.
These are athletic companions, but their rarity increases the cost all the way up to seventy-five hundred dollars. They're good with kids and other dogs, don't shed or drool, have great overall health, and are intelligent, too. They might start to bite, and they love hunting things down. Thanks to short, fine hair, they're great for warm areas. If you live somewhere cold, be sure to get them an adorable little sweater.
English Bulldog: $6,800
English bulldogs have an odd history. If you're wondering about the squished face, it's because they were bred to take part in bull baiting – the short snout helped them get their jaws on a bull's neck. Many people find bulldogs cute in their own special way.
Like the French bulldog, the English one also has to give birth via C-section, which is one of the reasons these dogs are so pricey. Yet they have plenty of good characteristics, such as being kid-friendly, good general health, and easy grooming. They do tend to bark a lot and aren't the easiest to train, but they are playful.
French Bulldog: $6,800
You may wonder why French bulldogs are so expensive – it's because of the breeding process. The females must be artificially inseminated, and to deliver puppies, it has to be through cesarean sections. Frenchies, as they're called, are one of the most popular small dogs on the market, which is also why you'll have to pay almost seven thousand dollars for each one.
However, these dogs are great for apartments and novice owners. They're also very affectionate towards almost anything, and their short hair makes them easy to groom. They're also quite playful, but they don't need excessive amounts of exercise. However, general health levels are low...