World’s most expensive dog sold for $2 million

This picture taken on March 18, 2014 shows an unidentified man posing for a photo with two Tibetan mastiffs after they were sold at a "luxury pet" fair in Hangzhou, in eastern China's Zhejiang province. One of the Tibetan mastiff puppies (L) was sold in China for almost two million USD, a report said on March 19, in what could be the most expensive dog sale ever. (Photo credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images) Image by AFP/Getty Images

World’s most expensive dog sold for $2 million

By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Mar 19, 2014

The ancient Tibetan Mastiff dog breed has become a status symbol among the wealthy in China, where on Tuesday a golden-haired mastiff puppy reportedly sold for $2 million at a premium pet fair in the eastern province of Zhejiang, reports It is believed to be the most expensive dog ever sold.

The breeder reportedly sold the puppy “to a property developer who wants to breed the shaggy dogs,” according to NBC News, and local reports say the breeder, Zhang Gengyun, claims the dog has lion’s blood in its lineage.
The dog was 31 inches tall, and weighed nearly 200 pounds, according to Zhang, who said the breed could be compared to "nationally treasured pandas" – hence the high price, reports NBC News.
In 2011, an 11-month old mastiff named "Big Splash" sold for $1.5 million, according to NBC News, becoming the most expensive dog ever sold at the time.
According to the American Kennel Club, Tibetan Mastiffs are a member of the working group, and described as extremely independent and intelligent.
“An impressively large dog with noble bearing which is an aloof and watchful guardian breed,” says the AKC’s Web site, “they possess a solemn but kind expression, with an immense double coat.” That coat can be “black, brown and blue/grey, with or without tan markings, and various shades of gold . . They may not enjoy participating in organized activities such as obedience or agility due to their highly independent natures.”
They shed their coats once a year, but regular brushing is still required.
Phyllis Stark

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Phyllis Stark is the Digital Executive Producer - National Content for Scripps Media.