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