Top 10 most expensive dog breeds

The American Kennel Club estimates that the lifetime cost of a small dog, with an average life expectancy of 15 years, is roughly $15,051, but the lifetime cost of a large dog, with an average life expectancy of 10 years, is $14,480.

Different estimates paint a different picture. According to Forbes, the price of a dog over its lifetime can range from $17,650 per year to a startling $93,520, depending on its size, breed, and level of maintenance.

But what if we start from scratch? If you want to buy a dog instead than rescue it, how much do some puppies cost? We can tell you about the priciest dogs as well as other pricy canines.

Given that they have sold for hundreds or even millions of dollars, Tibetan mastiffs are regarded as the priciest canines.

According to AFP, which quoted a source in the Chinese publication Qianjiang Evening News, a Tibetan mastiff puppy was sold for about $2 million in China in 2014.

A property developer purchased the dog at a high-end pet market in the eastern province of Zhejiang for 12 million yuan, or approximately $1.95 million.

The puppy weighed 90 kg and stood 80 cm (31 inches) tall (nearly 200 pounds).

This breed of dog had previously received expensive tickets. According to NBC News, a second Tibetan mastiff puppy sold for $1.5 million in 2011, making it the most expensive dog ever sold at the time.

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