How much can you spend on a dog that has stolen your heart? Well, it has to quite a lot if you have set sights on the Red Tibetan Mastiff. Bred in utmost secrecy, the pretty dog with bright reddish-brown fur has become the new luxury symbol in China. And why not? There is extensive document information about how the breed is “pure Chinese.” Pet to the royalty and the holy, the mutt has been the apple of Genghis Khan and Lord Buddha’s eyes. With less than 20 mutts left in Tibet, their demand is very obviously high and expensive. Sample this: An 11-month-old, 180-pound pup named Hong Dong (Chinese for Big Splash) is now crowned as the most expensive dog in the world, thanks to a wealthy Chinese coal industrialist spending over $1.5 million for it.
The former number one Yangtze River Number Two was sold for as much as $609,000 in 2009.