The Tibetan Mastiff is claimed to be one of the oldest breeds and use to guard monasteries and nomad camps. According legend, Buddha as well as Genghis Khan had one.
According to CBS news writer Bailey Johnson, this dog now holds a new distinction as being the most expensive breed in the world. A Chinese coal baron recently purchased a Tibetan Mastiff for a whopping $1.5 million. The 11 month old, named Big Splash weighs in at an astounding 180 pounds and is still growing.
Like houses and cars, these dogs have become a status symbol among the wealthy in China. Lu Liang bred big Splash, known as Hong Dong in China. He claims this is a justifiable price for the enormous dog, due to the time and effort put into raising it and the amount of staff he must pay. Mastiffs have held this distinction for years, with two others selling for $500,000 in 2009 and another selling for $1.47 million last year.
The Mastiff is by far the most expensive breed with the price tag of the other top two not even coming close. A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel sold for $10,000 and a German Shepard sold for $8,000.
Tibetan Mastiff, “Big Splash,” sells for $1.5 million, world’s most expensive dog
Pure Tibetan mastiff worth $1.47 mln