As you might have been able to guess, thanks to the name, the Neapolitan mastiff has Roman roots. Just like the Cane Corso, these dogs were bred to be guard dogs and stalwart companions. These are strong dogs, but they also tend to be gentle and faithful. They’re great with the family, though other dogs should be wary.
They keep things low-key but can also be plenty playful. These massive dogs are great for cuddling on cold nights – because they won’t give you a choice. If you want all of that, you’ll have to lay down some serious cash: about five thousand.
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...
Cane Corso: $4,000
We're getting into the pricey pooches now with the Cane Corso, which will cost you four large. These big, muscular dogs had been used all the way back in ancient Rome as guards and protectors. Their name, in fact, is Latin, meaning “bodyguard-dog.”
They can grow up to 120 pounds, which means your food will be almost as big as the initial purchase. These are not the dogs for first-time owners – they can be surly and aren't the best kinds of dogs for families and kids. They don't like to be alone, either. However, they're easy to groom and intelligent. They do drool, though.
If you're after a dog that is regal and adventurous, the Saluki might just fit the bill. You'll be paying through the snout to the tune of three thousand dollars for one of these good-looking dogs, but you'll be getting a dog that is adapted to Egypt's hot, arid terrain and has lots of spirit and energy.
These dogs were bred to chase hunting prey across rocky, sandy areas. They're intelligent and easy to train, as well as easy to groom. They don't shed much, don't drool much, and are good with families and kids. However, they hate being alone, can't handle living in small areas (they need space to move), and you'd better be ready for long walks.