9 Dog Breeds That Cost a Fortune to Take Care Of

Afghan Hound

Originating from Afghanistan, the Afghan Hound is known for its flowing coats and curly tails, requiring daily brushing. With a lifespan of 10-14 years, they are prone to cataracts and hypothyroidism, adding up to $3,000 in health costs.

Pharaoh Hound

This Maltese "rabbit dog" is intelligent and athletic, with a lifespan of 11-14 years. Sensitive to stress, they can develop digestive and neurotic issues costing more than $1,500 to treat.

Dogo Argentino

Bred for big game hunting with a muscular build, Dogo Argentinos live 12-14 years but are prone to hip dysplasia and deafness, leading to vet bills over $1,600.

Canadian Eskimo Dog

One of the rarest breeds, facing extinction with less than 300 left in 2018. Prone to gastric torsion, entropion, heat intolerance, and arthritis, they are very territorial and not ideal for families with children.


Common but costly in vet bills due to susceptibility to various diseases and cancers, especially hip and joint issues. With a lifespan of 8-10 years, Rottweilers are loyal and obedient family pets.


A hunting dog from West Africa, the Azawakh is gaining popularity in North America. They have a lifespan of 12-15 years, suffer from epilepsy or Wobbler disease, and need daily exercise with their owners.

Tibetan Mastiff

Originating from Tibet, this massive dog protects against fierce animals and is alert and protective. They are prone to hereditary conditions like hip dysplasia and hypothyroidism and need regular health checks.

Chow Chow

An ancient breed from northern China, Chow Chows require significant care, including exercise, grooming, and managing health issues like entropion and dysplasia. Their life expectancy is 8-12 years.


Known as the "little lion dog," Löwchen is active, playful, and perfect for families. They require attention and live 13-15 years. They are healthy, but their high upfront cost makes them expensive.