How much are you will­ing to spend on buy­ing a pure­bred dog? Of course, this amount will direct­ly depend on per­son­al wealth and, in fact, the desire to acquire a par­tic­u­lar rare breed, but even tak­ing into account these two fac­tors, it does not fit into my head that a cer­tain Chi­nese coal min­er did not spare $1.5 mil­lion for the pur­chase of 80- kilo­gram 11-month-old dog. The most expen­sive dog in the world is the rare red Tibetan mas­tiff named “Hong Dong” (which trans­lates as “Big Splash”) — this breed is con­sid­ered one of the old­est and most respect­ed in the world.

The most expensive dog in the world

Tibetan mas­tiffs have always been an impor­tant part of the his­to­ry of Tibet. These dogs tra­di­tion­al­ly guard­ed monas­ter­ies and camps, and, accord­ing to the inhab­i­tants of Tibet, they were the holy rein­car­na­tion of monks and nuns, whose souls could not get into the king­dom of heav­en. In addi­tion, many believe that hav­ing a Tibetan Mas­tiff in the home pro­vides the own­ers with health and safe­ty.


As for safe­ty, you can’t real­ly argue when look­ing at how large adults of this breed show their fangs or rush to the cam­era lens …

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The most expen­sive dog in the world, Hong Dong, is an espe­cial­ly rare mem­ber of the breed, as it has a red col­or that is con­sid­ered a lucky col­or. In addi­tion, the dog was raised on a diet of beef, chick­en, abalone and sea cucum­bers. The dog breed­er, “Mr. Lu”, calls Hong Dong “the per­fect spec­i­men”, explain­ing that his supe­ri­or genes make him phe­nom­e­nal­ly thor­ough­bred.

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The most expensive dog in the world

Lou and his team have spent a lot of mon­ey to raise the dog and believe that the new own­er can eas­i­ly make a tidy sum using Hong Dong as a male dog. Lu told reporters that while the recent high demand for the breed has dri­ven prices up sig­nif­i­cant­ly, Dong’s val­ue is still shock­ing. “.


Tibetan mas­tiffs have always been the trea­sure of Tibet, but in recent times they have become a sta­tus sym­bol, tak­ing their place among dia­monds and expen­sive cars. Among the famous own­ers of this breed are Queen Vic­to­ria, King George IV and Genghis Khan. And accord­ing to local leg­ends, the Bud­dha him­self also had his own Tibetan Mas­tiff.

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The title of “Most Expen­sive Dog in the World” was pre­vi­ous­ly held by anoth­er 18-month-old black Tibetan Mas­tiff with the intri­cate name Yangtze Riv­er Num­ber Two, bought in 2009 for $582,000. lim­ou­sines and was greet­ed by local dog lovers with a red ban­ner in their hands.

Former record holder

You can read about oth­er expen­sive domes­tic ani­mals in the arti­cle The most expen­sive pets.