Skip to main content
  1. Arts & Entertainment
  2. Celebrity

$2 million dog: 200-lb. status symbol dog worth $2 million in China

See also

A $2 million dog sounds like a stretch when it comes to spending money on any breed of canine. That kind of money is more common in the world or race horses, but dogs? In China, a Tibetan mastiff puppy just sold for millions of dollars. According to New York Daily News March 19, this type of dog is believed to have "lions blood" in them and are known for their loyal and protective instincts.

Tibetan mastiffs are a Central Asia and Tibetan breed and weigh over 100 pounds. The $2 million dog making news is 200 pounds and measures 31 inches tall. He has golden-colored hair.

The animal was purchased by a property developer in Qingdao. Tibetan mastiffs are considered elite status symbols among China's wealthiest people. The $2 million dog's breeder, Zhang Gengyun, describes pure Tibetan mastiffs as rare as the nation's "treasured pandas" and that's why they cost so much.

Another Tibetan mastiff named "Big Splash" was sold for $1.5 million in 2011, which was the last record-breaking expensive dog.

According to the report, an industry expert maintains that the exorbitant prices are about breeders "hyping each other up," even when money doesn't "change hands."

Purebred dogs are notoriously expensive, but a $2 million dog is virtually unheard of. That's a lot of money to spend on a dog even for an ultra-wealthy individual.

Copyright © 2014 Heather Tooley

Heather focuses on trending news and entertainment headlines. To read more from this writer, her Twitter page is @HotTopicWriter or hit "Subscribe."

Advertisement

Arts & Entertainment

  • Jack White
    Reddit users have fun with Jack White's unhappy face at a Cubs game
    Headlines
  • Fifty Shades of Grey
    The first 'Fifty Shades of Grey' trailer has been released, leaving fans wanting more
    Video
    Movies Buzz
  • Big Bang Theory
    Will CBS be able to ink a deal with the cast of 'The Big Bang Theory' before shooting begins?
    Camera
    12 Photos
  • Hercules
    Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson brings fun, adventure, and heart as 'Hercules'
    Camera
    5 Photos
  • Shermar Moore
    Daytime television is about to get a lot hotter with Shemar Moore back on the screen
    Camera
    11 Photos
  • Adele
    Adele's infant son has won a substantial amount of money in a paparazzo lawsuit
    Video
    Today's Buzz

Related Videos:

  • San Diego Comic-Con 2014
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518300535" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518300535&autoStart=true"></div>
  • Kate Gosselin use of 'r-word' causes stir
    <div class="video-info" data-id="517833171" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=517833171&autoStart=true"></div>
  • Original Batman cast at Comic Con
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518238431" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518238431&autoStart=true"></div>