Million Dollar Dog

by kevin on March 17th, 2011

in -Newsworthy Animals

red tibetan mastiff dog

Million Dollar Baby - Hong Dong

Red Tibetan Mastiff Dog Sells for $1.5 Million

If you thought that the thousands of dollars some celebrities pay for purebred puppies is a lot, consider Hong Dong, (meaning “big splash” in Chinese”) the Red Tibetan Mastiff puppy who just sold for well over $1 million dollars in Shanghai.

Tibetan Mastiffs have become extremely popular recently with Chinese elite, as the the prestigious large breed is thought to be purely Chinese, rarely being found outside of Tibet. (and not yet owned by Paris Hilton)

Once owned by public figures including Genghis Khan, the Tibetan Mastiff can grow to be over 200 pounds and is known to be an excellent guard dog. The dog can actually be seen as a good investment, as stud fees for Tibetan Mastiffs can reach $15,000.

Hong Dong takes the “world’s most expensive dog” title form another Tibetan Mastiff, Yangtze River Number Two, who was sold in 2009 for over $600,000. After being purchased, Yangtze River Number Two returned to his new home in a motorcade of 30 black limousines.

more: World’s Most Expensive Dog

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DON MESSERSCHMIDT March 17, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Learn MORE about the history and culture of Tibetan mastiffs – the new celebrity dog – in the recently published ‘Big Dogs of Tibet and the Himalayas’ (Orchid Press; orchidbooks.com).
TIBETAN MASTIFFS were first imported into England over 150 years ago, and only three decades ago to North America. During the Chinese Cultural Revolution these remarkable high altitude livestock guardian dogs were nearly annihilated, but they have recovered and are now in high demand, some for very high prices among the nouveau riche of modern China. Today, thousands of these dogs are found around the world, promoted by many breeders, raised as pets, guardians and faithful companions. Some have scored high marks at international dog shows. Interest in Tibetan mastiffs and related dogs–their history, breeding, temperament, function and future–has never been as high. This is a book of discovery of the exotic and relatively rare breeds of big dogs from Tibet and the Himalayas: the Tibetan mastiff, the rare KyiApso (the ‘bearded’ or ‘shaggy’ Tibetan mastiff), the Himalayan mountain dog, and the least known Sha-kyi (Tibetan hunting dog). Research on Tibetan dogs is contentious. This book challenges some of the conventional wisdom about the big dogs with evidence showing how some big dog fanciers have gotten it wrong. It questions the notion that there were gigantic dogs in history, an idea that has inspired some modern breeders to create enormous critters, mistakenly evoking a mythical past–and much more. Simply a ‘must read’ for all big dog owners and admirers. For an autographed copy, order directly from the author at dmesserschmidt@gmail.com (write for costs).

Comfy Control Harness March 23, 2011 at 11:22 am

1.5 million! Wow! That’s quite some price and – at least from this picture – the dog almost doesn’t look real. Thanks for the post.

savioboy28 April 5, 2011 at 1:09 am

$1.5 million is a lot of money for a dog. I know it’s true but it’s unbelievable that people are willing to pay that much

Jenny June 24, 2012 at 3:03 am

I thought China was a communist country…..if so, then how is it possible there are people who can afford $1.5M for a dog while others make $10 a month?

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well what else is new ..it’s the Chinese right? enough said..they are all messed up..remember they dog, scorpions,brains and anything else they can find that they “assume” helps their libido..they are totally messed up

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