5 expensive dog breeds that people actually own

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    Looking for a Westminster-worthy pet companion? You could get a Tibetan Mastiff, some of which have sold for over $1 million in China. But these pricey and rare dogs aren't the ones your neighbors might buy. They could, however, buy a Lowchen for up to $3,000 or an Akita puppy for $3,500.

    With any breed you choose, puppy prices -- and availability -- vary by region. It is possible that a particular breed of puppy that has been socialized and comes from a responsible breeder is not available in your state.

    To be recognized by the American Kennel Club, breeders have to be spread across at least 20 states, but responsible breeders can live anywhere. So it may be worth the travel expense -- or shipping costs -- to find a puppy who also has a three-generation health history. The AKC Marketplace is one resource to help you find a responsible breeder.

    Read on to see the five of the most expensive dog breeds that are also relatively common household pets, according to AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo.