Tibetan Mastiff price $6000 to $1.5 million – In 2011 a Red Tibetan Mastiff, purebred of course, made the breed the most expensive in the world when a business tycoon in China paid $1.5 million. Big Splash, the name of the dog, was a very expensive boy! Don’t worry though, you can get a Tibetan Mastiff for much much less, starting at only $6,000…. Oh hang on, that’s bloody expensive too!
The Tibetan Mastiff is an ancient breed bred as a flock guard and is not actually a mastiff. This name apparently originated from Westerners naming the dogs in the region when they came across them. There is also a Tibetan Spaniel and Tibetan Terrier neither of which are a true spaniel or terrier either!
Basically this monster sized dog has been bred for many thousands of years as a flock guard and thus has incredibly protective and strong willed traits. Leave this dog outside at night in your yard and it will bark at anything and everything that moves, it won’t make you popular with the old lady next door!
Although fairly popular in the UK before the World Wars the breed fell out of favour and didn’t start to become popular again world wide until the 80s. With less genetic defects than many pure breds they can live up to about 14 years but of course some of the closer guarded blood lines are now producing unhealthy animals.
These dogs can be great family animals but due to their instinct and strong will need a certain type of owner and are not highly recommended for novices. (see our post on how to care for them).
They are beautiful though!
Image source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bea_Miu_Nan_%C5%A0an,_CAC.jpg
Would you like to own one?