What's red, fluffy, has four legs and a price tag of $1.5 million? Big Splash, an 11-month-old Tibetan Mastiff! An unidentified man from Quingdao, China recently shelled out $1.5 million for the rare pup.
Big Splash’s breeder Mr. Lu, claims that the young dog is a perfect example of the breed. He estimates that Big Splash’s new owner can recoup his investment within a few years because the pup will easily command a stud fee of 100,000 Yuan per encounter.
According a report by Today.com, Big Splash (or Hong Dong in Chinese) is a canine foodie and feasts on chicken, beef, abalone and sea cucumber. Just shy of his first birthday, the Mastiff is already tipping the scales at 180 lbs.
According to the American Kennel Association’s website, the Tibetan Mastiff’s ancestors are thought to have roamed in China as early as 1100 BC. Isolated in the Himalayan Mountains, the dogs developed into an exclusive breed that today commands astronomic prices. Traditionally, the breed was used to guard property and the rare dogs can still be found guarding Tibetan monasteries.
Tibetan Mastiffs are sought after because they are holy animals that can bring blessing to a home as well as provide security. Last year, NBC News reported that a couple from Xi’an paid more than $600,000 for a Tibetan Mastiff called Yangtze River 2 and took him home escorted by a fleet of Mercedes-Benzes