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The World’s Most Expensive Dog Breed Costs How Much? You Won’t Believe It!

This ancient breed has become a status symbol among China's elites.

The Tibetan mastiff, one of the most beautiful large breed dogs, is considered the most expensive dog breed, because it has sold for hundreds of thousands and even millions!

Tibetan Mastiffs have held the title of most expensive dog breeds for years.

The Tibetan Mastiffs have held the title of most expensive dog for years.
A Tibetan Mastiff lying in snow
Tibetan mastiffs have become a status symbol among China's growing wealthy classes.
Tibetan Mastiffs have become popular among China’s elites. | Credit: Getty Images for Michael Kors

The newly wealthy are hungry for luxuries, and dogs have supplanted sports cars and jewelry as the newest status symbol. An ancient breed of dog with long, fluffy coats, the Tibetan mastiffs have become a status symbol among China’s growing wealthy classes.

In 2009, a Chinese woman spent a record-breaking $500,000 on a Tibetan Mastiff named Yangzte No. 2.

a Chinese woman spent a record-breaking $500,000 on a Tibetan Mastiff in 2009.
Tibetan Mastiff named Yangzte No. 2 bought for $500,000.

Mrs. Wang, who owns a female Tibetan Mastiff, said it had taken her years to find such a purebred Tibetan Mastiff. In fact, she had to go all the way to the faraway Tibetan province of Qinghai in order to search for her new pet.

She met him and immediately fell in love. She knew she wanted him no matter the cost.

A beautiful young Tibetan Mastiff puppy.
A young Tibetan Mastiff puppy

“Gold has a price, but this Tibetan Mastiff doesn’t,” said Mrs. Wang, the Chinese millionaire who purchased Yangtze No. 2.

Of course, a dog as special as this one deserves a unique welcome.

A private jet and limousine for Mrs. Wang and her new puppy
Mrs. Wang had 30 Mercedes limousines and a dog-lovers committee with banners awaiting arrival.

The day they landed at Xi’an, where Mrs. Wang resides, 30 Mercedes limousines and a dog-lovers committee complete with banners were waiting to welcome them home.

This wasn’t the last time this dog’s breed had a huge price tag. In 2011, a Tibetan Mastiff puppy was sold for nearly $1.5 million.

Big Splash, a Tibetan Mastiff puppy, who in 2011 sold for $1.5 million.
Big Splash, a Tibetan Mastiff was the most expensive dog sold in the world in 2011.

NBC News reported that the animal was the most expensive dog sold at the time. According to the report, the buyer of the pricey puppy wants to breed mastiffs himself.

A Chinese business tycoon paid $1.47 million for a purebred Red Tibetan Mastiff named Big Splash.

A Chinese business tycoon and Big Splash, a red Tibetan Mastiff.
Chinese business tycoon paid $1.47 million in 2011 for Big Splash, a red Tibetan Mastiff

They say you can’t buy friendship, but you can buy a new best friend – for nearly a cool $1.5 million. The 11-month-old Big Splash, whose Chinese name is Hong Dong, is 180 pounds and still growing. I’m sure the proud new owner will be able to afford the much-needed space for his growing fluffy puppy.

Big Splash’s breeder called the dog a “perfect specimen,” and the seven-figure price tag was well worth it.

Big Splash's breeder called the dog a "perfect specimen."
Big Splash was a ‘perfect speciman’ | Credit: EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Lu Liang told the Daily Mail, “We have spent a lot of money raising this dog, and we have the salaries of plenty of staff to pay.”

In 2014, a golden-haired Tibetan mastiff puppy was reportedly sold for a whopping $2 million.

A man with a golden-haired Tibetan mastiff puppy reportedly sold for $2 million
The dog sold for $1.95 million to a Chinese property developer. | Credit: AFP/Getty Images

The beautiful dog was sold at a premium pet fair in the eastern province of Zhejiang for 12 million yuan, around $1.95 million to a property developer, according to a report in the Chinese newspaper Qianjiang Evening News. Potentially making it the world’s most expensive dog.

The breeder said the mastiff had “lion’s blood,” and he sold a similar dog for $995,000 (6 million yuan).

A man with two Tibetan Mastiffs.
The breeder said that ‘they have lion’s blood’. | Credit: AFP/Getty Images

The huge hound was 31 inches tall and weighed nearly 200 pounds. “They have lion’s blood and are top-of-the-range mastiff studs,” said breeder Zhang Gengyun.

The breed could be compared to “nationally treasured pandas” – hence the high price, according to Zhang.

Two Giant Pandas from China.
The treasured Chinese Giant Panda
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