by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals.
Photo: UK Telegraph

In yet another ridiculous display of excess wealth, a Tibetan Mastiff in China was earlier this week purchased for a record $1.5 million. Such a price tag carries with the title of “World’s Most Expensive Dog”.

While the details of the purchase remain confidential, according to HuffPo, the seller did reveal that a multi-millionaire coal baron from northern China purchased the Tibetan mastiff, affectionately called “Big Splash,” or “Hong Dong” in Chinese.

The Tibetan Mastiff has long been considered the original breed of all lines of mastiffs – estimated to have diverged for the wolf some 58,000 years ago.(Other more common breeds diverged 16,000 years later) Lately, it’s also become a sign of affluence with China’s growing number of ultra-rich.

According to an interview in the UK Telegraph. the seller said that the “Big Splash” could offer a big return for its owner. “The buyer told me he thought he was a good investment,” he said. “As a male dog, he can be hired out to other breeders for as much as 100,000 yuan ($15K US) a shot. He could recoup his money in just a couple of years.”

Obviously, you’ll know how I’ll end this: You don’t have to pay $1.5 million for a dog. There are millions in shelters around the world eager for a good home. Start your search by checking out Petfinder.com or visiting your local shelter for more information.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • mister jingles

    Please adopt – don’t buy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • georgina

    Oh, that is just beautiful. Buying a dog for the sole purpose of breeding him out to get your money’s worth.

    Let’s see, at $100,000 a pop Big Splash would have to be hired to sire 15 females. If each female gives birth to four dogs that means 60 dogs will be born. 60 Tibetan Mastiffs that would ensure 60 shelter dogs would never get a forever home and would probably be euthanized.

    Don’t get me wrong, the dog is gorgeous, and if i was the one paying that money i would neuter him as soon as he is eight months old, but obviously Big Splash’s owner does not see him as a companion but a money maker. Kind of like a hooker :O