How much is that doggie in the window? Try $594,000.
The Tibetan Mastiff, a rare, ancient and now extremely expensive breed of dog, can be sold for as much as $594,000. This breed of dog is not only one of the most expensive breeds, but it also is one of the rarest. It is believed that there are only 100 pure breeds of the Tibetan Mastiff that exist.
China’s extravagantly wealthy elite are paying top dollar for these Tibetan Mastiffs. Because of their scarcity, faithfulness, and reputation for fearlessness, these dogs have been transformed into a status symbol for the rich.
This large breed dog can weigh up to 250 pounds. They have been adapted to life in the thin air, freezing temperatures and wild mountains of Tibet. They were domesticated 6000 years ago, and are regarded as the oldest, biggest and fiercest domestic dog.
The Tibetan Mastiff traditionally was used as a guard dog for nomads, and now they are used as guard dogs for homes and families.
Marco Polo described the mastiff as being as tall as a donkey and with a voice like a lion.