Editors' pick: Originally published Feb. 16.

Buying the right dog for you and your family is always an extremely important decision. There's a lot to consider — the pup's temperament, how big he'll grow to be versus your living arrangements, and the cost of upkeep and medical care. Granted you should always consider adopting from your local shelter, because it'll save both the dog and some cash for you, but then you won't know the dog's health history. 

If you're purchasing from a breeder, you should find a dog who has a three-generation health history while taking into consideration the travel expenses or shipping costs to acquire said puppy. Pet insurance costs will also vary by breed based on their predisposition to certain ailments or health defects. For example, Rottweilers are on the list of Nationwide Pet Insurance's list of ten breeds with the highest insurance claims.

With all that said, here are ten of the most expensive dog breeds in the world, because if you're planning on treating your dog to a life of luxury, the puppy is probably going to come with a hefty price tag as well. All of the prices are rough estimates on the lower end and the cost will ultimately depend on the breeder and the dog's location. 

Tibetan Mastiff 

Currently the most expensive dog in the world, the Tibetan Mastiff has become a symbol of new money in China. One puppy recently sold for almost $2 million in China according to Vice

Price: $2,500 and up 
Pros: Companion dog, lives for family, reliable guard dog 
Common health issues: Hip and elbow dysplasia, eye disorders, inherited demyelinative neuropathy

Lowchen

Price: $2,000 and up
Pros: Happy, affectionate, great with kids
Common health issues: knee conditions, cataracts, persistent pupillary membranes

Azawakh

Price: $2,000 and up
Pros: Attentive, Affectionate, Refined
Common health issues: Heart problems, seizures, hypothyroidism

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Price: $1,800 and up
Pros: Patient, social, affectionate
Common health issues: Heart mitral valve disease, cataracts, epilepsy


Egyptian Pharaoh Hound

Price: $1,800 and up
Pros: Sociable, playful, affectionate
Common health issues: Hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism

English Bulldog

Price: $1,500 and up
Pros: Docile, friendly, willful
Common health issues: Respiratory problems, degenerative spine disease, hip dysplasia


Rottweiler

Price: $1,500 and up
Pros: Devoted, alert, courageous
Common health issues: Hip dysplasia, psteochondrosis of the ankle/spine, elbow dysplasia

Canadian Eskimo Dog

Price: $1,000 and up
Pros: Alert, loyal, intelligent
Common health issues: Hip dysplasia. Elbow dysplasia, arthritis

Samoyed

Price: $1,000 and up 
Pros: Playful, friendly, alert
Common health issues: Hip dysplasia, diabetes, heart issues  

Akita

Price: $800 and up
Pros: Friendly, responsive, receptive
Common health issues: Bleeding disorder, progressive retinal atrophy that leads to blindness, hip dysplasia