Pricey Pup!

30 Dec

Pricey Pup at $1.5 Million

Think spending a few hundred dollars for the family pet seems outrageous?  The 11-month-old, 180-pound pup, aptly named “Hong Dong,” meaning “Big Splash” in Chinese, has become the most expensive dog on the planet after a wealthy coal industrialist from China recently procured him for a little more than $1.5 million.

The Red Tibetan Mastiff is an ancient guarding breed. With its unmistakable bright reddish-brown fur, it has recently become something of a status symbol among China’s uber-wealthy class. The price of Red Tibetan Mastiff pups has skyrocketed over the past few years from only few hundred dollars to six figures and higher.

Reputedly owned by Genghis Khan and Lord Buddha, the Red Tibetan Mastiff is viewed as a “pure Chinese” breed because of its well-documented history and nearly exclusive Chinese population. These dogs are also considered one of the oldest pure breeds in the world. Fewer than 20 are reported to remain in Tibet.

Thought to be holy animals that provide their owners with blessings of health and security, the breed is commonly identified as independent, intelligent and very protective of its owners and their property.

Personally, I’d rather adopt. Isn’t he gorgeous, though?


Posted by on December 30, 2011 in In the News


4 responses to “Pricey Pup!

  1. Irene V.

    December 30, 2011 at 9:49 am

    This is a gorgeous animal. Just the size and girth of this dog is something to see. I love the color of the fur. Like you though, I would never pay for a dog. Adoption is the only way to go for me.

  2. PupJoy

    December 31, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    I would love to see one of these dogs in person. I wonder if he’s as soft as he looks. He would be fun to cuddle with. But to expensive for me!

    • Irene V.

      December 31, 2011 at 6:10 pm

      I don’t know of anyone who owns a Red Tibetan Mastiff. I have a neighbor who has a Mastiff dog, but he is an ordinary English Masitiff tand very lovable. The Red Tibetan Mastiff is too rich for my blood!

  3. Roger J.

    August 31, 2012 at 3:35 am

    I have never seen a Red Tibetan Mastiff and as for the price my dad would say that the cost is what ever someone is willing to pay. There is no way I would pay that kind of money for a dog.


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