The Shocking Price of the Tibetan Mastiff !
Anyone who has purchased a dog or a puppy, especially one that is a purebred will know that man’s best friend can set you back a lot of money. However, the most expensive dog breed that you can buy is the Tibetan Mastiff originally from the East of Asia. Tibetan Mastiffs have been revered and worshiped for hundreds of years because of their noble bearing and strength. These traits have also made them a sought-after commodity mainly in China, as they are now a symbol of wealth and grandeur. This makes the Tibetan Mastiff the most popular breed for the rich and because of this the most expensive also.
Why is the Tibetan Mastiff so expensive?
The Tibetan Mastiff is also the most expensive breed because of its background. This breed is thought to have a royal history as it belonged to many Kings and Queens. It is documented that a Tibetan Mastiff named Bhout was given as a gift to Queen Victoria of Great Britain and King George IV supposedly owned one during the 1820’s. These dogs are also the stuff of legends as it is believed that Genghis Khan had an army of 30,000 Mastiffs which he used as dog soldiers to help him conquer Western Europe.
In 2011 an 11-month-old Tibetan Mastiff named Big Splash was sold for 1.5 million (10 million yuan) to a Chinese coal baron. This price meant that the Tibetan Mastiff was the world’s most expensive dog ever to be sold. Big Splash was chosen because he was considered physically perfect and because he had a red coat. The owner of Big Splash said that he purchased him because he was an investment. The coal baron intended to rent the dog out for breeding purposes. Therefore, it has been estimated that the buyer could easily make back the money that he paid for Big Splash in just a few years.
Before this, the most that had ever been spent on this breed was £915,000. This Mastiff was also of the red variety and was adequately named Red Lion. Furthermore, in 2009 a Chinese women spent $585,000 on a Tibetan Mastiff named Yangtze River Number two. This same woman also sent a convoy of thirty Mercedes-Benz to the airport to retrieve her new puppy and to ensure its safe return home. She also organised locals to brandish banners to welcome the dog. Clearly, this breed is pampered and revered by China’s elite.
Therefore, Tibetan Mastiffs have a noble and heroic history which also makes them a very appealing breed for the super rich to acquire. These dogs cement their upper-class status as the prices for this dog can be astronomical.
Typically, the red Tibetan Mastiff costs, even more, money than the black, grey or tan coats. This is because red is a lucky color in China as it symbolizes good fortune. They are also considered sacred animals. Tibetans believe that this breed possesses the souls of nuns and monks who were not worthy to be either human or to reach ‘Shambhala’, the heavenly realm. They were therefore reincarnated into this breed. Because of this belief, they are thought to bless their owner’s health.
Tibetan Mastiffs are also easily recognizable due to their lion-like mane of hair, and in China, the lion is also believed to offer protection from evil spirits. This is why many palaces have lion statues also known as foo dogs guarding them. Therefore, having a red haired Tibetan Mastiff is the ultimate sign of wealth and prestige.
History of the Tibetan Mastiff:
There is very little history regarding the Tibetan Mastiff, but many believe that they have been around for centuries. It is believed that this is a brave breed that was used in battles during wars due to their size and strength. They are also incredibly intelligent dogs and are natural born protectors. These traits resulted in many Tibetan people worshiping them.
Tibetan Mastiffs are also guardian dogs which proved very useful hundreds of years ago when many of these dogs lived in villages in the Himalayas. They were used to guard livestock, and they were also used as the guardians of monasteries and palaces to protect the treasure inside. Tibetan Mastiffs are also referred to locally as Do-Kyi which translates to “tied dog”, this is because many were tethered to their owner’s tent or homes to protect them and act as watch dogs. This breed is well known for their protective qualities as they are natural guardians who possess a deep bark and when threatened or challenged have a fierce demeanor.
Tibetan Mastiffs are not only expensive to buy, but they are also costly to keep. Mastiffs who are sold to the wealthy are usually given a very expensive diet. Most will have organic elements added to their food for health benefits. Boiled fish heads, powdered egg shells and cod liver oil are given to help keep their coat shiny and overall health up. They will also eat raw bones, and these will help them to maintain healthy teeth.
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In conclusion, the Tibetan Mastiff is the world’s most expensive dog for a number of reasons. Not only are they a beautiful breed with their lions like mane and burly stature but they are also believed to be sacred and holy dogs who grant prosperity and health to their owners. It is their physical appearance combined with their legendary and regal history that has made these such a costly breed to acquire. However, that hasn’t stopped China’s most elite from splashing out on these dogs, as many claim that not only are they a beautiful symbol of status but there also an investment that will make you money in the long run.