The title of the most expensive dog in the world was held by a number of different breeds over the years. However, one breed very often tops the list. It’s the Tibetan Mastiff.
These massive dogs are native to the Himalayan region of Tibet and have a long history as guard dogs and protectors of livestock. They are known for their loyalty and courage and have been extremely valued by Tibetan royalty for centuries.
But it’s not just their impressive size and reputation as guardians that make Tibetan Mastiffs so valuable. These dogs are also incredibly rare, with a limited number of breeders worldwide. As a result, prices can go up to hundreds of thousands of dollars, with some dogs selling for over $2 million.
In 2011, a Tibetan Mastiff named “Big Splash” (also known as “Hong Dong” in Chinese) set the record for the most expensive dog ever sold when he was purchased for a staggering $1.5 million by a Chinese businessman.
According to the AFP Bejing reports, in 2014, a one-year-old Tibetan Mastiff set the record for the most expensive dog ever sold. He was on sale at a luxury dog show and was purchased for an unbelievable $1.95 million by a Chinese businessman.
The rarity and prestige of the Tibetan Mastiff breed make them so valuable. Tibetan Mastiffs also require a significant amount of care and attention to maintain their health and thick, long coat. They also need plenty of exercise and socialization to stay happy and healthy.
Despite their high cost and demanding nature, Tibetan Mastiffs remain a popular choice for those who are willing to pay for the privilege of owning one of these majestic dogs.