A dog is a man’s best friend. Often, a woman’s too. A pet can be a companion, a friend, a perfect cure for many problems of the mind. Many therapists subscribe to the view that pets can be therapeutic in nature and kids growing up with them are likely to have a healthier childhood. Dogs are one of the most intelligent and loyal kinds of pet. They can be playful, brave and faithful and almost like a family member. But there are no free lunches in life. Neither are their dogs. While many animal lovers encourage adopting homeless dogs, many owners want to pick their pet with specific characteristics in mind. The rarer a breed, the more they cost. But some people may be willing to pay the moolah for a companion of their choice. Here’s a list of the most expensive of breeds of dogs.