World's most expensive dog
How much is that doggy in the window? In the case of the Red Tibetan Mastiff, if you have to ask, you probably can't afford one.
This ancient guarding breed with its unmistakable bright reddish-brown fur, 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. Less 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.
The 11-month-old, 180-pound pup, aptly named "Hong Dong," meaning "Big Splash" in Chinese, (pictured above) 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. Big Splash beats out fellow Tibetan Mastiff, Yangtze River Number Two, who sold for nearly $609,000 in 2009.
We paid about $75 for our pound-pittie Alice. I vote for rescues as the new status symbols.