An costly dog breed is the French Bulldog. French Bulldogs appeared in mid-19th-century France as toy dogs.
Traditional Tibetan Mastiffs protected Buddhist monasteries from wolves and bears. This Himalayan-bred dog is phenotypically different from others of its size.
The German “little lion” Löwchen is another of the most expensive dog breeds. It's one of the rarest dogs worldwide.
A medium-sized herder, the Samoyed. The Samoyed, a basic breed of dog from Northern Siberia, precedes current breeds in the mid-19th century.
Another pricey dog breed is the Afghan Hound. An ancient breed, the Afghan Hound is most closely linked to the Saluki, a sighthound.
Another pricey canine breed is the Pharoah Hound. Known as Kelb tal-Fenek, the Malta-bred Pharoah Hound is a medium-sized hunting dog.
Bern, Switzerland, and the Swiss Alps produced the big Bernese Mountain Dog. The Bernese Mountain Dog, one of four Sennehund-type breeds, was originally created as a versatile farm dog.