To some dog owners, bigger is better and if you are looking for a big dog with an even bigger heart, the breed for you may be the Tibetan mastiff. These dogs can grow to be up to 3 feet tall and weigh up to 200 pounds. Although the breed is popular, especially in China, dog trainers warn that they are stubborn and hard to train. Since the dogs can grow so large, you will want to make sure you are training it properly because otherwise, you may be in over your head by the time the pup is just a few months old.
Not only are these dogs big and popular, they can also be very expensive. As with any dog breed, the better the pedigree and bloodline, the higher the price. A Tibetan mastiff pup recently sold in China for $1.9 million, breaking the previous record for the world's most expensive dog. The buyer was a business man who lives in China and purchased the dog from a luxury pet fair in the eastern province of Zhejiang.
Pure Tibetan mastiffs are rare and therefore expensive. Many people prefer that their mastiffs have large lion's manes. Dogs with these types of manes are said to have lion's blood in them and are more valuable to many breeders and pet owners. The $1.9 million dollar dog was said to have lion's blood and be one of the top mastiff studs in the world.
“They have lion’s blood and are top-of-the-range mastiff studs,” the dog’s breeder, Zhang Gengyun, said.
The buyer also bought another Tibetan mastiff and plans to breed the dogs.
The $1.9 million dog isn't the only one to sell for a hefty price. Other mastiff breeders claim they have sold mastiff pups at high prices including one which sold at a fair in Beijing for $4.3 million.
Would you ever pay that much for a dog?
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