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Tibetan Mastiff Puppy Becomes World’s Most Expensive Dog

Tibetan Mastiff Puppy Becomes World’s Most Expensive Dog

A red Tibetan Mastiff puppy became the world’s most expensive dog after his owner paid $1.5 million (U.S.) dollars for him.

The prized 11 month-old puppy, now named Big Splash (Hong Dong in Chinese) was sold to an unidentified man in the Chinese city of Qingdao who is believed to be a multi-millionaire coal baron.

Standing at 3-foot-tall and weighing 180 pounds, Big Splash’s breeder said, “He is a perfect specimen.”

Tibetan Mastiffs are thought to be one of the world’s oldest breeds. Both Genghis Khan and Buddha are believed to have kept them.

They look like enormous balls of fluffy fur, but throughout history Tibetan Mastiffs have been fierce guard dogs. Today they still stand guard at monasteries.

An NPR interview revealed the dogs’ fierce reputation is part of the allure that has made the breed popular with wealthy businessmen in China. Tibetan Mastiff’s are comparable to the macho image of Pit bulls in the U.S.

The Telegraph said they are also revered because the dogs are thought to be “a pure Chinese breed and they are rarely found outside Tibet, giving them an exclusivity that other breeds cannot match.”

China Daily attributed the dogs’ status to their color because red is considered to be a lucky in China and Mastiff’s in particular are considered “holy animals that endow their owners with good health and security.”

And with all of these distinctions to the breed, Big Splash apparently stands above other Tibetan Mastiffs. Mr. Lu the breeder said, “He has excellent genes and will be a good breeding dog.”

Everything about Big Splash seems to be special, even his diet which consists of beef, chicken, abalone and sea cucumber.

Mr. Lu said this about the millionaire who bought Big Splash, “I could see he loved the puppy, or I would not have sold him. The buyer told me he thought he was a good investment. As a male dog, he can be hired out to other breeders for as much as 100,000 yuan a shot. He could recoup his money in just a couple of years.”

Whatever the reasons are for the purchase of Big Splash, is there a moral issue that needs to be considered in placing such a high value on one breed – especially when millions of dogs are euthanized each year because there aren’t enough homes for them?


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9:49PM PDT on Mar 19, 2014

I just read this about the sky high price tags on tibetan mastiff in China -

An industry insider surnamed Xu told the paper that the high prices may be the result of insider agreements among breeders to boost their dogs' worth.

"A lot of the sky-high priced deals are just breeders hyping each other up, and no money actually changes hands," Xu said.

5:35PM PDT on Jul 21, 2011

It is no different than the other crazy ways rich people spend money--jewels, jets, fancy cars..., and proportionately those of us who are far from rich often spend our money selfishly. Maybe the dog will teach his new owner to be more loving. One can only hope.

5:30PM PDT on Jul 21, 2011

It is amazing these days the most expensive dog in the global world cost more than a house. Then again who are we to say the price is too high when some people can afford the price tag. Ref:

5:23PM PDT on Jul 21, 2011

It is such a beautiful dog and very majestic in looks. Amazing the price tag put on it.

6:40PM PDT on Apr 20, 2011

though true this money could have been used to help thousands of animals its his money he can do what he wants with it

11:47AM PDT on Mar 31, 2011

We Americans say we are for free market capitalism. The price of the dog is irrelevant. No animals or humans were harmed. It's a private transaction between two competent adults.

2:07PM PDT on Mar 23, 2011

People come on now so the rich person bought an expensive dog it's his money we can't judge him he don't even know the person. Why is is it immoral to buy a dog? Special breeds do certain things like herd sheep or help people you don't want people to have those dogs?

7:35AM PDT on Mar 22, 2011

i agree with Sioux..all about prestige

3:58AM PDT on Mar 22, 2011

That money could have been life saver for so many orphaned animals!

3:39AM PDT on Mar 22, 2011

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