Tibetan Mastiff: World’s Most Expensive Dog – Facts

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Tibetan Mastiff, World's Most Expensive Dog


World’s most expensive Dog is Big Splash, or Hong Dong in Chinese, a Red Tibetan Mastiff which was recently sold at huge price of $1.5 million (9,01,95,750 INR)

It is believed that they are Eastern Dog of God from ancient China,called: The Tibetan Mastiff.

With a history of over 5000 years they are regarded as a legend. They were considered brave and battle wise war dogs during the past wars and presented arrogance of the king and natural loyalty to their master. Afterwards they became the totems people in the area worshiped, mainly because of their intelligence, strong willpower and perseverance, sturdy and strong physique.

Picture about Tibetan Mastiff, World's Most Expensive Dog
Tibetan Mastiff, World’s Most Expensive Dog


A picture message shared online claims to show a beast size, cute Tibetan Mastiff dog called Big Splash, which supposedly sold at a huge price of $1.5 million is World’s Most Expensive Dog. The pictured dog, which appears unreal like a Photoshop edit, is in fact the Red Tibetan Mastiff. Let us learn about this interesting breed of dog and see whether it is really such expensive.

About Tibetan Mastiff

Tibetan Mastiff is an ancient breed of dog originating with nomadic cultures of Tibet, China, Nepal, India, and Central Asia. Mastiff means “big dog” reflecting its use as a guardian of herds, flocks, tents, villages, monasteries, and palaces. They are bigger than the usual dogs and heavily built.

Classified under the working dog, Tibetan Mastiff is courageous and capable of confronting predators of the size of wolves and leopards. They often sleep during the day to be more active, alert and aware at night. Breeders distinguish two varieties of Tibetan Mastiff. They are also calm and thoughtful; very loyal and protective of their family. The original breed in Tibet is considered to be ferocious, aggressive, unpredictable in behavior and difficult to train, which is why selective breeding is being carried out for developing more calm temperament. In Image below, you can see a popular, ferocious picture of a Tibetan Mastiff that looks like a half lion half bear. Because of this resemblance, in 2013, a Chinese zoo was involved in a scandal surrounding a Tibetan Mastiff masquerading as a lion. No surprise, the protectiveness of Tibetan Mastiffs requires alertness and planning by the owner.

Picture about Tibetan Mastiff, World's Most Expensive Dog
Tibetan Mastiff, World’s Most Expensive Dog

Big Splash

Tibetan Mastiff breed of dogs have been popular for years. In March 2011, as mail Online (DailyMail.co.uk) reported, the Red Tibetan Mastiff called Big Splash became the world’s most expensive dog after being sold for 10 million Chinese Yuan, or £945,000. The 11-month-old Pricey pup Big Splash, or Hong Dong in Chinese, was bought by a coal baron from the north of China.

It is to be noted here that owning a Tibetan Mastiff has like become a status symbol in China, because they are thought to be holy animals, blessing their owners’ health and security. Recently, even Panda Dog became a craze in China. Some of the well known owners of the Tibetan Mastiff include Queen Victoria, King George IV and Genghis Khan – who supposedly took 30,000 of the dogs with his army to conquer Western Europe. Nonetheless, in the UK, these puppies sell for a more reasonable £850 to £1,000.

More Pricey Mastiff

In March 2014, NY Daily News (NYdailyNews.com) reported yet another sale of Tibetan Mastiff as world’s most expensive one, citing local media reports. The golden-haired Tibetan Mastiff puppy shown in the above picture with an unidentified man (first one) was reportedly sold for 12 million Yuan ($1.9 million). The Mastiff measuring 31 inches tall and weighing nearly 200 pounds was purchased by a 56-year-old property developer from Qingdao.

About these high price claims, it is noteworthy; an industry insider said they often result from breeders “hyping each other up,” and sometimes no money changes hands.

Hoax or Fact:

Fact with some misinformation.


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Prashanth Damarla