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Most Expensive dog in the World

A Red Tibetan Mastiff 11-month puppy, Big Splash (in Chinese, Hong Dong) has become the most expensive dog in the world after being sold for 10 million Chinese yuan or $1.5 million. He was bought by coal baron in Northern part of China.
Red Tibetan Mastiff

The dog also requires a high price maintenance as his diet includes -  enough chicken and beef to fill a growing 180lb dog, spiced up with Chinese delicacies such as sea cucumber and abalone. These dogs are fed an organic diet of tripe, boiled fish heads, powdered egg shells, code liver oil and raw bones to help them clean their teeth.
Red Tibetan Mastiff

You might be wondering, if the price is a little too much. But according to breeder Lu Liang, Big Splash is a 'perfect specimen' and the extravagant price is completely justified.

He said: 'We have spent a lot of money raising this dog, and we have the salaries of plenty of staff to pay' – adding that the new owner could charge almost £10,000 a time for Big Splash to breed with a female.Source: 

They are supposed to be descendants of wolfs, as they genetically diverged some 58,000 years ago.
Red Tibetan Mastiff

Tibetans consider these dogs holy as they believe the dogs have the souls of monks and nuns who were not good enough to be reincarnated as humans or into Shambhala, the heavenly realm.
Red Tibetan Mastiff

Dogs seem to have become the new status symbol in China as they have taken over expensive cars and jewelry in the booming economy.
More about the breed
The Tibetan Mastiff also known as Do-khyi (variously translated as "home guard", "door guard", "dog which may be tied", "dog which may be kept"), reflects its use as a guardian of herds, flocks, tents, villages, monasteries, and palaces, much as the old English ban-dog (also meaning tied dog) was a dog tied outside the home as a guardian. However, in nomad camps and in villages, the Do-khyi is traditionally allowed to run loose at night and woe be unto the stranger who walks abroad after dark.

'Bhote Kukur' in Nepali means Tibetan Dog. In Mandarin Chinese, the name is Zang'Ao, which literally means Tibetan Mastiff or Tibetan "big ferocious dog". In Mongolia it is called "bankhar", meaning "guard dog". But there is another type of Mastiff in Mongolia, called Mongolian Mastiff (Mongol Bankhar) which is bigger than Tibetian Mastiff and have darker color. The molosser type with which the modern Tibetan Mastiff breed is purportedly linked was known across the Ancient world by many names.

Many Tibetan Mastiff breeders and owners (and their web sites) claim that Marco Polo encountered the large Tibetan dogs in his travels and described them as "tall as a donkey with a voice as powerful as that of a lion." However, reading of Polo's works does not support this. In fact, other travels told Marco Polo about these enormous dogs—and about unicorns and other exotic creatures.

In the early 19th century, King George IV owned a pair of TMs, and there were enough of the breed in England in 1906 to be shown at the 1906 Crystal Palace show. However, during the war years, the breed lost favor and focus and nearly died out in England.

After 1980, the breed began to gain in popularity worldwide. Although the breed is still considered somewhat uncommon, as various registries and show organizations (FCI, AKC) began to recognize the breed, more and more active breeders have arisen. Initially the breed suffered because of the limited gene pool from the original stock, but today's reputable breeders work hard at reducing the genetic problems through selective breeding and the international exchange of new bloodlines.

Posted By: Imad Ahmed Abbasi

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