They say that you cannot buy love, but you can by a dog and it will love you unconditionally. Even though I strongly believe that people should adopt stray animals because those are the ones that desperately need your kindness and warm home in return for endless love and gratefulness, dog breeding is still a highly profitable business.

In fact, some are willing to pay thousands for certain types of dogs, even breeds that are fairly easy to obtain. Though costs will vary based on location and breeder, the following 10 breeds often have the highest average price tag.

10. Irish Wolfhound ($1,500 to $2,000)

via Rob van de Peppel

Two thousand dollars might seem a small price to pay for the tallest of dogs, also known for a commanding appearance. Irish Wolfhounds are known for their athletic ability, especially in endurance running. And of course, there is an Irish proverb to describe their personality: “Gentle when stroked, fierce when provoked.”

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