The world's most costly canine varieties

Having a dog, though, will rack up a hefty bill for medication, supplies, entertainment, and maintenance.

Then there's the upfront expense of buying the dog (unless you're planning to adopt).

We can't imagine our lives without them now.  They can be quite pricey, too, based on the breed.

Their popularity and the breed's scarcity are two of the many factors that contribute to their exorbitant price tags.

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You have likely never encountered a long-haired dog like this before.

The stunning Afghan Hound may command a price tag of $2,500 due to its luxurious coat.

Until they were officially recognized, Akitas were known only as "snow country dogs."