Most Expensive Dog in the World

Most Expensive Dog in the World

In the world of dogs, there are always going to be expensive dogs. Some are big show winners, some are great breeders. Some have value because of who bred them or used to own them. For instance, would you pay more for a dog that was being sold by Brad Pitt or Prince Harry? But the world’s most expensive dog is not what you’d think. You’re probably thinking it’s some fancy shmancy German Shepherd or Golden Retriever or some other popular breed. Nope. And you’re probably thinking, “Really, how expensive can a dog actually be?” The most expensive dog in the world is a Tibetan Mastiff who sold for a staggering $1.5 million dollars!

What is a Tibetan Mastiff?

The Tibetan Mastiff is from the Himalayan region. It’s an intelligent, large (can with up to 250 pounds) guard dog. It’s ancestors include breeds like the Great Dane, St. Bernard, and the Newfoundland. The Tibetan Mastiff were historically used as guard dogs for livestock, but they also were used as war dogs. The Tibetan Mastiff that sold for $1.5 million was an 11 month old dog named Big Splash. He was bought by a businessman in China. Ahhh to be wealthy!

Why would someone pay so much for a dog?

You’d probably have to ask the dog’s owner himself to figure out why he bought the dog. But many people buy expensive items or animals not because they value that particular item or animal, but simply because owning such a rare thing has value in and of itself. Owning something of value gives status to the owner. It’s possible that this Chinese business man simply wanted to be known as the guy who bought the world’s most expensive dog. In any case, Big Splash is going to be a big eater! But I think his owner can afford the food costs.