How Much Are Those Doggies in the Dog Show? What 18 Top Breeds Cost

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The biggest canine competition of the year is getting underway this weekend, showcasing some of the finest individuals of the finest breeds. The price on the pooches strutting their stuff at the 145th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show may be off the charts — their owners likely paid a premium to the best breeders with the finest lineage.

Before going on, let me just say I’m a big fan of adopting, not shopping, when it comes to pets. There’s so much to be said for giving a “forever home” to a dog, cat or another animal awaiting adoption at an animal shelter or rescue group.

But suppose you simply admire the traits of a particular breed and you are determined to find the creature of your imagining. We gathered information on cost and life expectancy from the American Kennel Club Marketplace for puppies from champion bloodlines of some of the more popular breeds, listing them here in no particular order.

At Money Talks News, we love reading and writing about pets, including dog friendly cities, useful dog products, sources of affordable veterinarian care and how your pet just might become a money-making star.

1. Cavalier King Charles spaniel

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Prices for a Cavalier King Charles spaniel puppy from an AKC champion bloodline were around $5,000 at the time of our research.

This breed has a lifespan of 12 to 15 years, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC).

2. Samoyed

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Prices for a puppy from an AKC champion bloodline were around $3,500 at the time of our research.

This breed has a lifespan of 12 to 14 years, according to the American Kennel Club.

3. French bulldog

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Prices for a puppy from an AKC champion bloodline ran as high as $5,500 at the time of our research.

This breed has a lifespan of 10 to 12 years, according to the American Kennel Club.

4. Rottweiler

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Prices for a puppy from an AKC champion bloodline were from $1,300 to at least $2,500 at the time of our research.

This breed has a lifespan of 9 to 10 years, according to the American Kennel Club.

5. Portuguese water dog

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Prices for a puppy from an AKC champion bloodline ranged from $2,000 to at least $4,500 at the time of our research.

This breed has a lifespan of 11 to 13 years, according to the American Kennel Club.

6. Great Dane

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Prices for a puppy from an AKC champion bloodline were from about $1,500 to at least $2,500 at the time of our research.

This breed has a lifespan of 7 to 10 years, according to the American Kennel Club.

7. Akita

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Prices for a puppy from an AKC champion bloodline ranged from around $1,200 to at least $2,500 at the time of our research.

This breed has a lifespan of 10 to 13 years, according to the American Kennel Club.

8. German shepherd dog

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Prices for a puppy from an AKC champion bloodline ran from about $1,200 to at least $2,500 at the time of our research.

This breed has a lifespan of 12 to 14 years, according to the American Kennel Club.

9. Siberian husky

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Prices for a puppy from an AKC champion bloodline ran from about $1,000 to at least $2,500 at the time of our research.

This breed has a lifespan of 12 to 14 years, according to the American Kennel Club.

10. Irish wolfhound

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Prices for a puppy from an AKC champion bloodline were about $2,500 to $2,800 at the time of our research.

This breed has a lifespan of 6 to 8 years, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC).

11. Doberman pinscher

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Prices for a puppy from an AKC champion bloodline were about $2,500 to at least $4,000 at the time of our research.

This breed has a lifespan of 10 to 12 years, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC).

12. Golden retriever

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Prices for a puppy from an AKC champion bloodline were as low as $1,600 up to at least $4,000 at the time of our research.

This breed has a lifespan of 10 to 12 years, according to the American Kennel Club.

13. Labrador retriever

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Prices for a puppy from an AKC champion bloodline ranged from $2,000 to at least $3,600 at the time of our research.

This breed has a lifespan of 10 to 12 years, according to the American Kennel Club.

14. Pembroke Welsh corgi

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Prices for a puppy from an AKC champion bloodline ranged from $1,000 to at least $2,500 at the time of our research.

This breed has a lifespan of 12 to 13 years, according to the American Kennel Club.

15. Boxer

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Prices for a puppy from an AKC champion bloodline ranged in cost from about $1,800 to at least $3,500 at the time of our research.

This breed has a lifespan of 10 to 12 years, according to the American Kennel Club.

16. Yorkshire terrier

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Prices for a puppy from an AKC champion bloodline were about $2,500 to $3,500 at the time of our research.

This breed has a lifespan of 11 to 15 years, according to the American Kennel Club.

17. Newfoundland

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Prices for a puppy from an AKC champion bloodline were around $2,500 at the time of our research.

This breed has a lifespan of 9 to 10 years, according to the American Kennel Club.

18. Old English sheepdog

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Prices for a puppy from an AKC champion bloodline were from around $1,450 to at least $3,000 at the time of our research.

This breed has a lifespan of 10 to 12 years, according to the American Kennel Club.

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