The Red Tibetan Mastiff Is The Most Expensive Dog In The World.
His breed has been owned by such luminaries as Queen Victoria, King George IV and Genghis Khan – who supposedly took 30,000 of the dogs with his army in his bid to conquer Western Europe.
This guy;s name is Big Splash, a Red Tibetan Mastiff and thanks to a coal baron from the north of China, he is now the most expensive dog in the world.
Big Splash, or Hong Dong in Chinese, was purchased for a whopping 10 million Chinese yuan, or over 1.5 Million Dollars. Or to be exact, $1,525,595.00.
And it’s lucky his new master is a multi-millionaire, because the hefty price tag doesn’t factor in Big Splash’s diet – enough chicken and beef spiced up with Chinese delicacies such as sea cucumber and abalone to fill a growing 180lb dog.
His owner will also need a big house as adult Tibetan Mastiffs have been known to weigh as much as 286lb, or more than 20 stone – the same as a sizeable rugby player. However the typical weight for a fully grown Tibetan Mastiff is around 13 stone.
But according to breeder Lu Liang, Big Splash is a ‘perfect specimen’ and the extravagant price for the 11-month-old is completely justified
?He said: ‘We have spent a lot of money raising this dog, and we have the salaries of plenty of staff to pay’ – adding that the new owner could charge almost £10,000 a time for Big Splash to breed with a female.
The high price paid for the dog is a sign that the red Tibetan mastiff has become a status symbol in China, replacing jewelry and cars as a way for the super-rich to show off their wealth.
Not only is red considered a lucky color, but Tibetan mastiffs are thought to be holy animals, blessing their owners’ health and security.
Tibetans also believe the dogs have the souls of monks and nuns who were not good enough to be reincarnated as humans or into Shambhala, the heavenly realm.
Currently, there are only around 300 Tibetan mastiffs in the UK.