That Doggie in the Window is $1.5 Million: Red Tibetan Mastiff World’s Most Expensive Dog

03/17/2011

Tibetan-mastiff-01

A coal baron from China now owns the world’s most expensive dog, a red Tibetan mastiff named Big Splash or Hong Dong in Chinese. He shelled out 10 million Chinese yuan, or about $1.5 million, for the pricey pet, which is seen as a status symbol in China.

Read more at the Daily Mail.

Tibetan-mastiff-02

Big Splash’s breeder says that the 11-month-old mastiff is the perfect specimen, justifying his high price tag. His new owner stands to make even more in breeding visits. The title of world’s most expensive dog was previously held by another Tibetan mastiff named Red Lion.

Tibetan-mastiff-03

In China, the color red is said to bring luck and Tibetan mastiffs are believed to be holy animals that can bless their owners with good health and security. These working dogs traveled with Attila the Hun and Ghengis Khan and were used as village sentries in Tibet.

Learn more about the breed in this Dogs 101 video.

Photo credits: China Daily | ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images (2) |


Follow fascinating, funny, tragic or otherwise compelling and timely stories about animals, as chosen by our editors and writers, including Daily Treat blogger, Janet McCulley.
Advertisement

Go Behind the Scenes with Animal Planet Staffers
Advertisement

play sport fishing

shows

 

video

 

mobile

stay connected

our sites

shop

corporate