Dog sold in China for $1.5 million dollars

March 16, 2011 |  by  |  Breaking News, Lifestyle
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It looks like a dude in China really has a thing for red heads, because it was just reported that he dropped a cool $1.5 million dollars on a Tibetan Mastiff, thus making this canine the priciest pooch on the planet.

Keep reading for more on the World’s Most Expensive Dog… after the jump!

To quote my favorite dog-themed movie: The Truth About Cats and Dogs, “You can love your pet, just don’t LOVE your pet.”

Looks like the multi-millionaire coal baron from northern China who purchased the Tibetan mastiff, name called “Big Splash,” (or “Hong Dong” in Chinese), didn’t get that memo. The pricey pooch is 11-months old and is in for a positively pampered life, it would seem.

So why so expensive??

Tibetan mastiffs are an ancient breed long revered as adept guard dogs. This particular Tibetan mastiff puppy is considered “a perfect specimen.”

While Tibetan mastiffs have long been a cultural staple revered in Asia, they have increasingly taken on a more heightened role as a status symbol representing affluence in China.

Mr. Lu of the Tibetan Mastiff Garden in Laoshan, estimates that Big Splash’s owner could recoup his investment by hiring it out to other breeders for major cash.

Regardless, paying that much for a dog is a tad over the top, especially when there are so many stray and homeless pups that need homes. The Huffington Post is on the right track. When they reported the story, the added this info to the bottom in case any readers are ready to take on man’s best friend.

If you have a welcoming home to offer to a new canine friend, you don’t need to shell out $1.5 million, but could find a dog just as lovable and in need of a family for far less at


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