China’s got the materialism bug. Bad. I suppose when you live in a country with over 1 billion people, status symbols are tough to come by–enter the Tibetan Mastiff. Or, more specifically a Red Tibetan Mastiff, one of the most rare and coveted canines on the planet. The market for this dog is obliterating the notion that there isn’t money to be made in dog breeding thanks to long waiting lists and demand sending the price for puppies up into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. That figure should be shocking enough, but Big Splash up here, or “Hong Dong,” as he’s known in Mandarin sold recently to a Chinese coal baron for 1.5 million dollars.
Considered to be a perfect specimen, Big Splash is just 11 months old and already weighs in at 180 pounds. Full grown, he could top 250 pounds and will command at least $15,000 per breeding session. So, if you can line up 100 female mastiffs, I’m sure Big Splash would happy to “pay for himself.”