The $1.5 Million Dog
An 11-month-old red Tibetan mastiff named Hong Dong was recently purchased by a private buyer for 10 million yuan (more than $1.5 million), making him the world’s most expensive dog.
Big Splash, or “Hong Dong” in Chinese, is 11-months-old but already stands nearly three-feet-high at the shoulder and weighs more than 180lbs, according to his breeder, Lu Liang.
“He is a perfect specimen,” said Mr Lu, who runs the Tibetan Mastiff Garden in Laoshan, near the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao. “He has excellent genes and will be a good breeding dog. When I started in this business, ten years ago, I never thought we would see such a price.”