Make way for the most Expensive Dog

20 Mar 2014 | by | Posted in: Wag Wiki

In the recent ‘luxury pet’ fair that was held in Hangzhou, in the eastern Zhejiang province of China, a Tibetan Mastiff was bought for a whopping price of $2million. There have been regular reports across the world claiming that there is an economic depression in the world some suffering more than the other countries. The recent report of the purchase indicates that China is well way from this slump.

The man has not been named yet though the reports say that he is a property developer in eastern China’s Zhejiang province, who has purchased a Tibetan Mastiff for $2million, which is the highest amount ever spent for a dog. Prior to this the other record was also held by a coal baron from North of China, who brought Big Splash a red color Tibetan Mastiff in 2011 for $1.5million i.e. a whopping price for 10 million Yuan in local currency.

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This picture taken on March 18, 2014 shows an unidentified man posing for a photo with two Tibetan mastiffs after they were sold at a "luxury pet" fair in Hangzhou, in eastern China's Zhejiang province.

Tibetan Mastiff is known in China for being pets to wealthy owners. They have characteristic round manes, which give them an uncanny resemblance to lions and is known for bringing wealth and prosperity into a household and one can never forget that the Tibetan Mastiffs make excellent guard dogs as well. In fact there is an uncanny resemblance to the lions as it was only last year that Chinese Zoo was censured by authorities when they tried to pass the Tibetan Mastiff as a lion and it was not until the lion started barking that people came to know that it was a dog.

It is ironic though that a massive dog is so popular in a country where keeping a dog was banned around fifty years back. Tibetan Mastiff as of today has become the status symbols in the high society of China.

For those of you who do not know the breed well enough and think that this is a new breed then you will be surprised that this is a very ancient breed that one cannot even name the ancestors precisely. As the name suggests they have been bred in Tibet and has been known by different names. In Nepal they were called Bhote Kukur. In China they are called Zang ao and in Mongolia it is called Bankhar.

The Tibetan Mastiff that has been sold recently has been breed by Zhang Gengyun who believes that Tibetan Mastiff have lion’s blood in their linage and top of the range of Mastiff studs. He said that he has sold two quality pups recently. One to the property developer for $2million and the other is a red hair canine that was sold for 6 miilion Yuan.

The property developer has not been named yet but this proud owner of the most expensive dog in the world has promised that he will raise it by himself at the moment the dog is 80cm tall and weighs around 90kg, though he still has miles to go before we can say that he is a full grown adult male dog.

Tibetan Mastiffs have always been prized very high in China. So, what is the reason that this majestic dogs go as the highest prized dogs in China. The Pure Tibetan Mastiffs are extremely rare just like the treasured pandas of China; the rarer the thing the higher the price says the breeder of this particular Tibetan Mastiff.

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One of the Tibetan mastiff puppies (L) was sold in China for almost two million $, a report said on March 19, in what could be the most expensive dog sale ever.  AFP 

In China it is believed that the Tibetan Mastiffs are one of the holy animals that bring in health and security to all their owners. Though it is the red and Leonine Gold Mastiffs that always are bought for higher prices as they are rarer when compared to the other available colors.

The Tibetan Mastiff is a fearless and courageous dog. They are mammoth in size but have an even temperament. This breed is fiercely loyal to the family and this makes them the perfect guard dogs. They can exert tremendous power and at times are not afraid to exert it when there is a need. These Mastiffs might not show their affection but be rest assured that they will go to any lengths to protect their owners. So they are perfect to guard the large estates. In fact they were bred to keep the leopards, tigers and wolves away from the flock of animals.

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I want a Tibetan Mastiff. Please guide me where I can get one. I am from New Delhi, India.

By: Dharm Singh | 26 Mar 2014

Natasha Nundy
Hi DharmHere some of the reputed breeders for Tibetan Mastiffs, you can call them for further details. They will help you to get a dog to Delhi as well.You can contactSaras Tib - Mr. Himmat Singh Sekhon, 0- 935-612-5115 (mobile)DAMANJIT SINGH

By: Natasha Nundy | 26 Mar 2014

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