A Red Tibetan Mastiff is the most expensive dog in the world.
This ancient guarding breed with its unmistakable bright reddish-brown fur, has recently become something of a status symbol among China’s uber-wealthy class. The price of Red Tibetan Mastiff pups has skyrocketed over the past few years from only few hundred dollars to six figures and higher.
Reputedly owned by Genghis Khan and Lord Buddha, the Red Tibetan Mastiff is viewed as a “pure Chinese” breed because of its well-documented history and nearly exclusive Chinese population. These dogs are also considered one of the oldest pure breeds in the world. Less than 20 are reported to remain in Tibet.
Thought to be holy animals that provide their owners with blessings of health and security, the breed is commonly identified as independent, intelligent and very protective of its owners and their property.
… I want one!
The most expensive Tibetan Mastiff ever sold is called Big Splash, or “Hong Dong” in Chinese. This most expensive dog ever is already 11 months-old and stands nearly three-feet-high at the shoulder and weighs more than 180lbs, says his breeder, Lu Liang.
He was purchased by a chinese multi-millionaire coal baron.‘Big Splash’ sold for an amazing 10 million Yuan which is about 1.5 million US Dollars and beats the earlier record set by another Tibetan Mastiff Tibetan mastiff” called Yangtze River Number Two which was sold to a chinese woman in 2009 for a whopping 4 million Yuan (About $609,000). (via dogcentral)