6.Azawakh ($3,000 and up)
Azawakhs, one of very few African breeds available in the United States, are very rare. The cost of importing an Azawakh puts them in the ranks of the most expensive dog breeds.
Azawakhs were originally bred by nomadic tribes as both guard dogs and hunting dogs, and boy, are they fast! They can reach speeds up to 40 mph — much faster than a greyhound. Azawakhs need a lot of exercise and will chase off predators of any size to protect their family.