TORONTO – A Tibetan mastiff puppy that sold in China for nearly $2 million could be the world’s most expensive dog.
The year-old golden-haired mastiff was sold for 12 million Yuan ($1.9 million U.S.) at a luxury pet fair Tuesday, according to Agence France-Presse, citing Qianjiang Evening News.
“They have lion’s blood and are top-of-the-range mastiff studs,” the dog’s breeder, Zhang Gengyun said.
The buyer is a 56-year-old property developer who plans to breed the animal himself, the news agency reported.
Tibetan mastiffs are naturally a protective and territorial dog.
According to the American Kennel Club, earliest written accounts place the mastiff around 1100 BC, where the breed remained isolated in the Himalayan mountains.
Primarily a family dog, the breed was often kept confined during the day and let loose at night to act as a guardian.