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.
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