When you hear words like Whoodle, Boxador, Shorkie or Goberian, you might think they’re completely made up. But they’re no more made up than the following rare breeds of dog. You see, the words are a portmanteau — two words smushed together, like Cockapoo or Labradoodle — of popular dog breeds. And these adorable pups are the result of when mommy and daddy smushed together for real.
The Dogtime.com website describes the Yorkipoo as “a canine Superman in miniature.” That’s because it’s surprisingly full of energy — all packed into a small package. It’s a Miniature Poodle and Yorkshire Terrier cross. The Yorkipoo is a breed that’s remarkably zippy with a fondness for running and jumping. That’s when it’s not enjoying chill out time on your lap.
A Whoodle is what happens when a Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier gets it on with a Poodle. They might also be known as the equally ludicrous Wheatenpoo, Wheatendoodle, Sweatenpoo or Sweatendoodle. Described as amiable, playful and energetic, it’s fair to say they’re not compatible with humans who prefer to lounge on the couch. They do make great Instagram subjects, mind you.
For those unable to tell the difference between a French Bulldog — with bat-like ears — and a Pug — with a squashed face — here’s another breed to add to the confusion. It’s called a Frug, which is a mix of the two. Although it’s a chilled out breed that aims to please, it can be prone to health issues such as glaucoma, hip dysplasia and breathing difficulties.
Whether you call it a Corgle or a Beagi, there’s no arguing that this breed is cuteness in dog form. As a Corgi and Beagle combo, this mix has inherited a lot of its parents’ characteristics. That’s to say it’s bundles of fun and full of energy. As the offspring of two notoriously active breeds, a Corgle needs lots of mental and physical stimulation.
Mixing a Siberian Husky with a Chow Chow is either known as a Chusky or a Chowski. Either way it resembles an explosion in a floof factory. According to website Groom Arts, the Chusky has been around for two decades. And although Chow Chows can become aggressive without a firm hand, the mellow nature of the Husky seems to cancel it out, resulting in a laid-back, highly intelligent breed.
What do you get when you cross a Labrador Retriever with a Beagle? No, this isn’t the set-up to a bad joke. Rather, you get a fun-loving dog called a Beagador. The origins of the breed are a little hazy, but it’s thought to have first been produced in the U.S. for a combination of intelligence and obedience.
Chihuahua is a very hard word to spell. So someone had the genius idea of breeding it with a Pug to get the far simpler, if rather less cute-sounding, Chug. Fortunately, though, this breed could hardly be more adorable, as Buttercup here illustrates. Like both its parents, the Chug is a dog that’s compact in stature but huge in character.
It may sound like a playground insult but, instead, this is the combination of a Chihuahua and a Dachshund — or wiener dog. And if the name Chiweenie isn’t enough to raise a chortle, how about its other names of Choxie, German Taco, Mexican Hot Dog or — surely a winner at Scrabble — the Weeniehuahua. Despite its comically short legs, Dogtime.com reckons they make an excellent watchdog due to their yappy temperament.
32. Golden Dox
Now, both the Golden Retriever and Dachshund couldn’t be much more different in appearance. The Retriever’s shaggy coat and athletic nature is certainly a contrast with the wiener’s stubby legs and short hair. Their offspring, then, could have been a recipe for disaster. Instead the resulting Golden Dox breed looks like a retriever trapped in a Dachshund’s body — cute by anyone’s standards.
This mixture of a pure breed American Pit Bull Terrier and a pure breed Siberian Husky is known only as the Pitsky. After all, Hutbull just doesn’t sound nearly as good, does it? Due to its lineage, Pitskys are better suited to experienced owners because their high energy requires a lot of hard work and they don’t cope well when left alone.
An Australian Shepherd bred with a Pomeranian sounds like a recipe for an explosion in a floof factory. And it is, the Aussiepom has a coat as big as its appetite for adventure and affection. Its thick fur makes it a suitable breed for warm or cool climates, but perhaps not so good for allergy sufferers.
The Cocker-Pei is the result of a Shar-Pei breeding with a Cocker Spaniel. A mass of contradictions, this breed can be both keen to please and stubborn, as well as protective and loyal while friendly and sociable. As all-rounders, then, they make wonderful companions whether you’re young or old. They’re especially gentle with kids and other pets.
A Horgi is the result of a Corgi breeding with a Siberian Husky. It’s also sometimes known as the futuristic-sounding Siborgi. But not a Hugi, which is actually what we’d like to do all day with this adorable fur ball. Both the Corgi and Husky are traditionally working dogs, so the resulting Horgi is an energetic pooch that’s also friendly and loyal.
If you’ve got the hang of this by now, you might have guessed that a Puggle is a Pug and Beagle cross. As you can see here, it looks like a pug with a less squashed face, and rather less pudgy. Some say they even look like a tiny Mastiff. Whatever their appearance, it’s a breed guaranteed to bring lots of fun to the family.
A Beaglier — sometimes spelled Beagalier or Beagelier — is a cross between a Beagle and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Despite their energetic disposition, they can be prone to weight gain, so need plenty of exercise. But those willing to put in the effort will be rewarded with a very loyal and loving companion.
25. Gerberian Shepsky
Sometimes simply called the Shepsky, the Gerberian Shepsky is what happens when German Shepherd genes collide with those of a Siberian Husky. And although they’re fluffy on the outside, underneath is a frame built for hard work. In fact, they often serve in the police force or military. This highly intelligent and attentive breed make excellent guard dogs but are best suited to larger family homes rather than apartments.
As the product of a Bernese Mountain Dog and Poodle, the Bernedoodle is available in three sizes: standard, mini and tiny. Its coat, too, varies — the general rule is that the curlier it is the less it will shed — making it great for those with allergies. According to the Woof Bark Growl website, the first official Bernedoodle emerged from a kennel in Ontario, Canada in 2003.
A BaShar is a mashup of a Basset Hound — the sad-looking dogs — and a Shar-Pei — the wrinkly pups. This Sharp Asset, as it is sometimes known, is a good choice for a watchdog, although it can be occasionally stubborn. But, as well as looks, cross breeds can also inherit their parents’ health issues which, in this case, include cancer and hyperthyroidism.
It seems that adding Poodle to any other breed leads to extra floof, as is clearly the case with this Australian Shepherd-Poodle mix. The Aussiepoo — aka Aussiedoodle — is popular with Poodle crossbreed fans, not least because it sheds far less than its pure bred Australian parent. But also, and we cannot stress this enough, look how cute they are!
Perhaps one of the stranger cross breeds on this list, the Bullmatian is the result of mixing a Bulldog with, you guessed it, a Dalmatian. Nevertheless, they are said to make great companions as they are friendly and affectionate, albeit with a stubborn streak sometimes. They’re full of beans and likely to keep any owner on their toes.
The Pomsky, a Pomeranian and Siberian Husky hybrid, was among the most popular dog breeds in 2017. And if such a large dog mating with a tiny one stretches your credulity, then rest assured that the process is almost always achieved by artificial insemination. That might mean that Pomskies come with a higher price tag, but owners will be rewarded with a highly entertaining dog.
This Dalmatian and Corgi cross is becoming increasingly widely known as the Corgimatian. It’s essentially a Corgi-sized dog which carries the distinctive markings of a Dalmatian. Described as “intelligent, sweet and playful” by the Dog Breed Plus website, this faithful friend will remain loyal for its 12 to 15-year life span.
If someone says, “Cavachon” then you might say, “Bless you,” and wish them a speedy recovery. But it’s actually a dog breed with a Bichon Frise and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel parentage. Though it’s prone to distress when left alone for too long, its otherwise affectionate disposition would make a great therapy dog. Also, did we mention the floof?
Also known as the Labmaraner, the Weimador is a cross between the Labrador Retriever and German hunting dog, the Weimaraner. The combination of their intelligence and obliging nature makes them easy to train, but mostly they enjoy loads of exercise and human companionship. Form an orderly queue, dear readers, for the latter duty.
Big surprises can sometimes come in small packages, as is the case for this Shih-Tzu and Yorkshire Terrier mix, the Shorkie. Inheriting personality traits from both parents, Dogtime.com describes this breed as “small, fierce and loyal.” Indeed, it’s not one to shy away from confrontation, no matter how large. Tiny but mighty, the Shorkie also requires daily grooming and regular trips to the doggy salon.
15. Border Sheltie
Ranking highly on the floof-ometer is the Border Sheltie, a cross between a Border Collie and Shetland Sheepdog. Sometimes called Border Sheepdog or Sheltie Border, this dog is high on energy and intelligence so requires plenty of exercise and other games and activities. A tendency to yap at strangers makes it a good watchdog too.
It may be 50 percent Labrador Retriever and 50 percent Corgi, but the Corgidor is 100 percent adorable! If you love Labs but are intimidated bother size and energy, then this breed could be the perfect compromise. But like any match between such vastly different sized dogs, knowing how big they’ll grow up to be is anyone’s guess.
In the U.S. and Canada in the 1990s, someone had the idea of breeding a Maltese with a Yorkshire Terrier. How they didn’t win some kind of medal for services to cuteness we’ll never know because, well, just look! What’s more, the breed has inherited the best of its parents’ traits, which are loyalty, intelligence and devotion.
As you may have guessed, the Shih-Poo is the combination of a Shih-Tzu and a Toy Poodle. Due to its miniature stature, it makes an excellent lap dog. And since it’s bred from two small dogs is guaranteed to remain that way for its 15-year life span. During that time they’re said to make a friendly, loving and playful companion.
Adding a Poodle to the dog breed mix seems a sure fire way to considerably up the awwwwww factor. Perhaps the German Schnauzer, for instance, is better known for its practical qualities than aesthetic ones. And although all dogs are cute to our eyes, there’s no doubt that the addition of Poodle to this breed has noticeably increased their photogenic qualities.
You’ve probably heard of the Labradoodle, which is a Labrador and Poodle cross. Well, the Goldendoodle is its lesser known cousin. While Labradors and Golden Retrievers may appear very similar on the surface, the Retriever has a longer, shaggier coat. Cross that with Poodle DNA and the result is this loveable ball of fur.
The curiously-named Docker is the result of crossing a Dachshund with a Cocker Spaniel. According to the Petguide.com website, this mashup makes an ideal companion whatever its human’s circumstances, but particularly for seniors or those living on their own. You see, it describes the Docker as “sweet, cuddly, and fiercely devoted to their owners” with an intellect that matches its high levels of energy.
The Labsky is, of course, a cross between a Labrador Retriever and Siberian Husky. It also goes by the more Lord Of The Rings-sounding Huskador. Either way, like all mixed breeds, it has inherited the characteristics of both parents. So, then, this is a dog that will be intelligent and loyal while needing a lot of exercise and mental stimulation.
If the combination of a Beagle and Chihuahua sounds like the cutest dog imaginable, then you may well be right. It’s called a Cheagle and, well, just look at those eyes! Marrying the traits of both breeds creates a fun but docile character that is easy to carry around. The hunting impulses of the Beagle, however, may result in a companion that’s tricky to control.
Perhaps the rarest of rare cross breeds is the Weimarman, which is what happens when a Weimaraner and Doberman Pinscher combine. Though it might not be as “cute” as the other breeds on this list, its statuesque build makes for a handsome creature. What’s more, they make an incredibly loyal best friend for anyone’s family.
Among the lesser known cross breeds is the Goberian, a Golden Retriever and Siberian Husky mix. On the larger end of the scale, they still have a luxurious coat — perfect for cuddling up to on the couch. Indeed, the Perfect Dog Breeds website describes the Goberian as kind and affectionate, but with a tendency to get distracted when bored.
This mixed-up pupper goes by several different names, including the Boxador, Boxerlab, Boxerdor or Laboxer. It is of course a Boxer and Labrador cross, which is said to make a great guard dog due to its loyalty and devotion. However, it’s a breed that requires lots of physical and mental activity, otherwise it can develop a destructive streak.
Another shaggy dog was created when an Old English Sheepdog was bred with a Poodle, creating the Sheepadoodle. It also goes by the names Sheeppoo, Sheepdoodle, Sheep-a-poo or the rather unfortunate Sheepdogpoo. Dogtime.com describes this pooch as a very empathetic breed, which makes them a wonderful emotional support or therapy dog.
According to the Pug City website, the old joke goes, “A man went to the zoo. All they had to exhibit was a dog. It was a Shih-Tzu.” Well, the ShiChi goes one better because it’s got a Chihuahua as well as Shih-Tzu in it. Sometimes called the Chi-Shi or Chi-Tzu, it’s a breed that packs a ton of personality into a tiny bundle of cuteness.
The Shollie is the result of mixing two of the most intelligent pure breed dogs — the German Shepherd and Border Collie. As the offspring of two very active dogs, the Shollie’s best characteristics are highlighted through obedience and agility training. A keen learner, this breed will be easily trainable to pose for all those inevitable Instagram posts.
While all of this choice may make it trickier to choose your new furry companion, there’s one factor that could help to whittle down your list. And that’s the cost, of course. Yep, these 40 types of dogs are top dollar – whether it’s because they’re desirable, rare or both. So, how much are you willing to shell out for your perfect pet? Read on to find out if you can afford to make that vision a reality…
40. Border collie: $600
People love border collies because they’re smart – like, really smart. That means they’re super-quick to learn. It’s no wonder, then, that they’re famously efficient sheep herders. But whether you’re putting your pup to work or simply letting them play outdoors, they’ll cost you $600 to buy.
39. Puggle: $600
What do you get when you mix a beagle with a pug? As it turns out, you get a very desirable dog called a puggle. This friendly, silly pooch – which is just as adorable as it looks – has built up a legion of fans. And if you want to join the puggle army, it’ll cost you about $600.
38. American Akita: $675
Fancy an adorable puppy that will grow into a very loyal dog? Then consider buying an American Akita. They share the same lineage as the Japanese Akita but have been bred to be even more faithful and protective – and their deep barks alone are enough to dissuade intruders. Just keep in mind that such a big dog costs about $130 monthly for food and maintenance on top of the hefty puppy price tag.
37. Cavachon: $730
Cavachons are pretty much perfect for rookie dog owners. They’re a cross between a cavalier King Charles spaniel and a bichon frise – a combination that makes them devoted, smart and friendly. These pups are also a cinch to train up and love to spend time with people. What more could you desire in a new pet?
36. Cavalier King Charles spaniel: $870
If you want a four-legged friend, then there’s no better choice than the faithful Cavalier King Charles spaniel. Dogs from this breed are pretty versatile, too, and that means they can get along with families living in urban or rural settings. This could explain why each puppy comes with an average price tag of about $870.
35. Cocker spaniel: $890
Some people only know the cocker spaniel as the happy dog – and for good reason. They, like other spaniels, adore being around people and would spend every minute with you if they could. If that sounds good, all you have to do is shell out the nearly $900 on average that it takes to get a cocker puppy.
34. Labrador: $890
For just about $900, you can get a Labrador retriever puppy, and it will be money well spent. This breed has a famously cool temperament, making them the ideal pooch for families with young kids. They’re also outdoorsy – they were often put to work as hunting dogs, after all – so you could bring your puppy on hikes and walks and they’ll feel right at home.
33. Cockapoo: $1,000
The popularity of the cockapoo – a mix of a cocker spaniel and a poodle – has long been on the rise. For one thing, they don’t shed like other pups, meaning they’re practically hypoallergenic. Better yet, they’re smart, loyal, outgoing and sweet to their people. All of that begins to explain the approximately $1,000 price tag that comes with a cockapoo puppy.
32. Labradoodle: $1,075
Much like the cockapoo, the labradoodle brings together two great breeds: Labradors and poodles. We already know that Labradors make great family pets. Combine that with fur that won’t be shed all over your home, and you can understand why labradoodle pups are so popular – and pricey.
31. Kerry blue terrier: $1,100
Back in the day, the Kerry blue terrier was prized for its belligerence. However, breeders have worked hard over the years to pass on only the kinder traits that these pups possess. If you buy this type of dog, then, you’ll pay top dollar for the cultivated character that they possess today.
30. Great Dane: $1,100
A Great Dane is a big commitment – quite literally. These massive dogs need a lot of space and food, and that pricey chow bill needs to factor into the cost of raising your pet. But while you should expect to pay more than a grand for your Great Dane puppy, what you get is a loving dog that’ll be fabulous with the little ones in your family.
29. Ibizan hound: $1,200
The Ibizan hound has a long history, with its roots going all the way back to 3400 B.C. Nowadays, though, they’re a relatively uncommon breed, which is why you can expect to shell out about $1,200 if you want to bring one home. But the search could be worth it for a dog that’s famously good-natured.
28. Golden retriever: $1,200
Golden retrievers are supposedly the fourth-smartest of all dog breeds. Regardless of where they rank on the list, though, they are intelligent dogs and make a happy addition to just about any family. That’s why they’re perennially beloved. It may also explain why a golden retriever pup carries a price tag of $1,200 on average.
27. Cavapoo: $1,250
The cavapoo – a cross between the cavalier King Charles spaniel and the poodle – has a gentle nature. So, one of these fluffy puppies will slot right into your family – whether you have other dogs or little kids or both. And it probably comes as no surprise that this makes cavapoos valuable. Expect to shell out around $1,250 for your pup.
26. St. Bernard: $1,350
Your St. Bernard puppy may take two years to reach its full size. When it does, though, you’ll have a 120-to-180-pound dog on your hands. That’s a big mouth to feed, so factor this into the overall cost of bringing one of these pooches home. But in the end, you’ll get an intelligent and sweet companion, meaning that $1,350 for a puppy may well be worth it.
25. Boxer: $1,350
Boxers like to think that they’re lap dogs, and good luck telling them otherwise. Can’t handle that type of cuddling? This loyal pooch may not be the breed for you. However, if you relish the attention, then you need only ready yourself for the $1,350 price tag that comes with the average boxer puppy.
24. Portuguese water dog: $1,400
Maybe you want a pet that’ll delight in aquatic adventures with you? If so, look no further than the Portuguese water dog. These pups even have webbed toes that help them paddle away with ease. You just have to fork out around $1,400, on average, to bring home a purebred pooch.
23. Newfoundland: $1,450
Have you ever read J.M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan? If so, you’ll probably remember the nurturing Nana. The famous dog – modeled after a Newfoundland because of their temperament – serves as the Darling children’s nanny. You obviously can’t expect the same of your own four-legged friend, but you can presume that your Newfie will be just as sweet and gentle.
22. German shepherd: $1,500
You’ve probably seen a police officer walking around town with a German shepherd in tow. That’s because these dogs have all the qualities required to aid law enforcement: they’re smart, athletic, fast and obey commands. They make great companions to regular folk, too, but you’ll have to pay about $1,500 on average to get your paws on a pup.
21. Samoyed: $1,500
Purchasing a Samoyed from a distinguished breeder – which you should do to ensure the health of your pup – will cost you about $1,500. That’s just because the breed’s a rare one. If you’re ready to shell out the big bucks, though, you should also be prepared to work hard to care for your dog, which will require lots of grooming. It makes sense when you see that long, fluffy hair, right?
20. Staffordshire bull terrier: $1,500
The Staffordshire bull terrier was once bred to fight other canines, but its antagonistic instincts have all but disappeared. Instead, the $1,500 price will get you a pooch that’s sweet and placid enough to live with kids. It can be brave when necessary, of course, but expect a mushy pet most of the time.
19. Yorkshire terrier: $1,500
Looking for a pup you can pop into your purse? If so, the Yorkshire terrier may be the right breed for you. A $1,500 price tag will get you an adorable, pint-sized pooch that’s a famously sweet lap dog but also one that likes to play and have fun.
18. Chow chow: $1,500
The chow chow is famous for being, well, one of the dimmer bulbs when it comes to dog breeds. But even without those smarts, there’s something charming about these well-built pooches. If you agree, then you’ll have to be willing to fork over the big bucks to get one. Yep, you’re looking at $1,500 or more.
17. Rottweiler: $1,550
Rottweilers are one of the most popular dogs in the United States, but that’s not the only reason they could cost $1,550 or more. Handing over that cash should get you a pup that’s not only faithful, but also self-assured and very intelligent. Rottweilers are prone to a slew of health issues, however, so it’s important to buy your pooch from a top-quality breeder.
16. Bernese mountain dog: $2,000
Docile. Tolerant. Devoted. Sweet. Who doesn’t want these qualities in a puppy? That’s what you’ll get if you buy a Bernese mountain dog – the perfect addition to families of any size. But it can be costly to bring one into your home. Expect to shell out $2,000 for a pup from a reputable breeder.
15. Basset hound: $2,000
Basset hounds are incredible creatures with rather astonishing senses of smell. There are 220 million scent receptors in a basset’s sniffer, after all, compared to the mere five million in the human schnozzle. But whether or not you need a tracker dog, you’re paying, well, through the nose for this breed.
14. Irish wolfhound: $2,100
The Irish wolfhound is yet another breed on this list that gives you what you pay for in terms of their temperament. These dogs have an incredible amount of patience as well as being docile and sweet. And as an added bonus, you get an extra-large pooch by your side, since Irish wolfhounds can eventually reach over 30 inches tall.
13. Akita Inu: $2,500
The Akita Inu wants to spend time with its people – sometimes to the point that it has trouble socializing with strangers and fellow dogs. But letting your pooch get to know others can help you make them more of an all-rounder – sweet to you and to everyone else. And it all starts with a puppy, so save up your $2,500 before you begin shopping.
12. Doberman pinscher: $2,500
It’s been said that the Doberman has the best mix of smarts and strength. That’s true, and for this reason they make excellent guard dogs. But you can probably guess that such an impressive resume doesn’t come cheap. Your Doberman puppy could cost you $2,500, in fact.
11. Saluki: $3,000
The regal-looking Saluki hails from Egypt and is ably adapted to the country’s arid terrain. It’s an excellent hunter, too, and is able to catch its prey across rocky landscapes. So, you’re paying for both spirit and history when you buy a Saluki, which could cost you $3,000.
10. Cane corso: $4,000
Cane corsos once served as top-of-the-line protectors in Ancient Rome. In fact, the words cane corso in Latin mean “bodyguard dog” – that’s how good it is at its job. It’s also a majestic-looking beast that weighs up to 120 pounds. So, you’ll pay quite a bit to feed one – let alone to buy a puppy.
9. Neapolitan mastiff: $5,000
The Neapolitan mastiff shares its Roman roots with the cane corso. It’s perhaps no surprise, then, that dogs of this breed are also pretty protective. And while they’re strong and powerful pooches, they’re also gentle and faithful. You get all of that, however, for the very steep price of $5,000.
8. French bulldog: $6,800
Part of the reason why French bulldogs are so expensive is that the breeding process is intense. First, females have to be artificially inseminated. Then, to deliver their puppies, they need to go through cesarean sections. Add the fact that Frenchies are possibly the most popular small canines in America, and, well, you’ve got yourself doggies on the market for $6,800 each.
7. English bulldog: $6,800
Today’s dog buyer clearly loves a pup with a squashed face – and in most cases, that adorable visage comes with a hefty price tag. The English bulldog is just like the Frenchie in that births require C-sections. So, you’re paying your breeder about $6,800 for the momma’s dog trips to the vet as well as for a more complicated delivery.
6. Afghan hound: $7,000
Maybe you envision yourself trotting down the street with a long, lean, graceful pooch at your side, its hair blowing in the wind. If so, then you should start saving now to buy an Afghan hound. This breed earns accolades for its beauty – come on, look at that coat – and can cost $7,000 to bring home.
5. Pharaoh hound: $7,500
The pharaoh hound hails from Malta, where it has long been tasked with tracking down bunnies. Its Maltese name even translates as “rabbit dog.” As such, you can expect an athletic companion if you choose to bring one of these puppies home. Just be ready to fork over the big bucks – $7,500 or so apiece.
4. Dogo Argentino: $8,000
Before your heart becomes set on a Dogo Argentino, know that you can’t bring one home to every city, state or country. They’re not allowed in parts of Colorado or in Norway, for instance, because they are so strong and dominating. However, if the law allows and you have plenty of room for this massive hunting dog – a natural at catching wild hogs – then you just need $8,000.
3. Azawakh: $9,000
The Azawakh is a breed that was only recognized by the American Kennel Club at the start of 2019. And as these dogs are relatively recent arrivals to the United States – they originally come from western Africa – that’s why they’re so pricey to buy. If you want one of these pups, then, it’ll cost you almost $10,000 to make it happen.
2. Tibetan mastiff: $10,000
The Tibetan mastiff was initially bred to help defend flocks of sheep. Unfortunately, though, the breed began to disappear after owners found the dogs to be too costly to look after. And the rarity of the Tibetan mastiff is what makes it the second-most expensive pooch on this list. Save up $10,000, and you could bring one home to protect you and your family.
1. Löwchen: $12,000
Finally, we have the löwchen – a dog with only 300 or so members among its long-dwindling population. That’s precisely why it’ll cost you about $12,000 if you want one of these gray, silky pups. In return, though, you will get a very friendly and sociable dog that likes to stay active and spend time with you. And that companionship could just be worth the over-the-top investment price.