Tibetan Mastiffs ‘Hong Dong’, world’s most expensive dog sold for about $1.5 million (Photo)

By on Mar 18, 2011 in Animals, Asia Comments

A red Tibetan Mastiffs named Hong Dong is now being dubbed as the world’s most expensive dog, as shown in the photo below, which was sold to a Chinese multi-millionaire from Shandong province for about $1.5 million.

Hong Dong (or Big Splash), Tibetan Mastiffs
World’s most expensive dog, sold for $1.5 million

Image Credit: EPA/Daily Mail

Hong Dong, a Chinese meaning for ‘Big Splash’ was said to have been sold for 10 million Chinese yuan, or about $1.5 million to a Chinese business tycoon, Daily Mail reported on Thursday, March 17, 2011.

Apparently, the 11-month old red Tibetan Mastiffs was bought by a certain Chinese multi-millionaire named only as Mr. Yang, who brought the dog to his private breeding base in Qingdao city on Saturday.

The huge dog, which weighs about 180 pounds and stands about three feet, was worth its price, according to Lu Liang, Hong Dong’s breeder, who called the dog as a “perfect specimen”.

“We have spent a lot of money raising this dog, and we have the salaries of plenty of staff to pay,” Liang was quoted as saying.

Tibetan Mastiffs was said to be very popular among China‘s elite in recent years, and considered as among the latest status symbol of rich people in the country, replacing cars and jewelry.

They are being believed to be one of the world’s oldest breed of dogs and rarely found outside of Tibet, with both Genghis Khan and Lord Buddha had some of them.

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