A Red Tibetan Mastiff puppy has become the world's most expensive dog after being sold for almost £1 million. Tibetan Mastiffs are fierce guard dogs that have stood watch over nomad camps and monasteries on the Tibetan plateau for centuries.
Legend has it that both Genghis Khan and Lord Buddha kept them. More recently though they’ve become highly-prized status symbols for China’s nouveau-riche. The dogs are thought to be a pure "Chinese" breed and are rarely found outside Tibet, giving them an exclusivity that other breeds can’t match. So prices have risen from around 5,000 yuan a puppy five years ago to the hundreds of thousands and even millions now. Big Splash (above)- or "Hong Dong" in Chinese - is 11-months-old but already stands nearly three-feet-high at the shoulder and weighs more than 180lbs.
WOULD YOU PAY EXTRA FOR AN EXCLUSIVE PET BREED? HAS THE WORLD GONE TO THE DOGS?
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