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The Most Expensive Dog in the World

Mar. 16th, 2011 | Comments 7 | Make a Comment   
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For me, expensive dogs conjure up images of tiny pooches perfect for accessorizing and carting around in purses. But a new set of millionaires in China have a much different idea when it comes to the value of a dog. They're using a special breed of Mastiff as a status symbol to the tune of over $1.5 million per pup.

The San Francisco Chronicle's Tails of the City blog reports that the Red Tibetan Mastiff is the latest must-have for the elite class of Chinese millionaires. The price for the brilliantly hued ancient guard dogs has shot up dramatically over the past few years, from several hundred to upwards of six figures.

Part of the Red Tibetan Mastiff's allure is its connection to ancient Chinese history. Genghis Khan and Lord Buddha are said to be amongst the dog's ancient owners. Considered one of the world's oldest purebreds, it is viewed as "pure Chinese" and very few remain in Tibet.

The reddish-brown haired dogs are said to be near holy and give health and blessings to their owners. They are also recognized for being independent, intelligent and protective of their owner and property.

A wealthy coal industrialist from China has made international headlines with his purchase of an 11-month-old, 180-pound pup, aptly named "Hong Dong," meaning "big splash" in Chinese, for over $1.5 million.

Hong Dong beat the record previously held by Tibetan Mastiff, Yangtze River Number Two, who sold for nearly $609,000 in 2009.

Dogs as status symbols tend to be controversial territory, with many advocating for rescue dogs to instead be awarded with ownership status. But can you really put a price on man's best friend?

Via Tails of the City for The San Francisco Chronicle
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7 Comments on this Article

Max Monastyrev commented on March 27, 2011

How ironic, that the last of these are in Tibet... "It is viewed as "pure Chinese" and very few remain in Tibet. "

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shymisty commented on March 21, 2011

Looks like a Chow to me that had a hair cut cause I had a red chow that looked just like this dog but his hair was longer And why buy a dog when you can find one at a shelter I have a rescued purebred husky and foster registered full blooded white german shepherds till they get a home

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Jana commented on March 19, 2011

That sure seems a waste of money.They could still charge 100k for the dog but the remainder of the 1.5mil should go to a pet sanctuary. If they love pets so much, shouldn't they be helping more than just one pet out there? Just think on how many animals could be helped/saved if it got cool by the millionaires to help out! Oh and like the girl posted, I would love to go back to Paris. I'm in my mid 40's with a disabiling condition that is deteriorating and with what i get on disabilitiy, it's hard to pay utilities much less have one last trip. I sure miss my travel agent job :(. Hang in there Liana....your reward is coming to you soon i bet. What i would give to just have a few minutes with my daddy or my mom. Even though they are sick, please treasure every second you stil have them before it's too late.

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deborah commented on March 18, 2011

My wants & needs are simple, like my rescue dog, Coco, but everyone has to spend their money on something; that is a personal choice that I would not judge anyone on. Better spent on a beautiful dog; a companion that loves his owner unconditionaly and asks for little more than a kind word, a belly-rub, and food & water. Unlike Naoma, I believe strongly in the power of prayer, and pray for a safe journey, wherever I go. I would love to visiit Miami, or Hawaii, more than the other destinations, because of the diversity surrounding us a little closer to home.

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Naoma commented on March 18, 2011

Personally, I dislike dogs INTENSELY. They smell and lick you with their tongue which they also use as "toilet paper." So, I just think about how much GOOD that $1.5 million would do for hungry children, elderly people, and any one with a medical condition. And, to LIANA HARVEY, I sincerely wish you the very best from me that you get your trip to Italy. Been there a number of times and it is wonderful. I do not believe in prayer, but I always send people my "very best and positive thoughts" and wishes that your dream trip comes true. It works!!!! Never give up.

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HungLo commented on March 18, 2011

Good golly! That's a DOG?! I've seen carpets less shaggy than that. o.O

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Liana Harvey commented on March 17, 2011

My dad has diabetes and my mom has osteoporosis. I have to take care of my family, because my parents are too sick too. Sometimes I feel like I never get a break from anything, and I'm always so tired. I've always wanted to go to Italy, and think it would be a experience of a lifetime. I don't expect anyone to read this, because it would probably just go to someones email. I want to go, and maybe someone somewhere will read this and something will change. Just thought I would give it a shot.

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