By Paul Chung
Image credits: @soler 龍.
If there’s one thing Chinese people love about Tibet, it’s certainly the Tibetan Mastiff. Look no further than the eight-digit price tag driven by exorbitant global demand.
It’s a disheveled mammoth that will cost you couple millions of yuan, or approximately anywhere between $800,000 and $1.5 million.
Big Splash, a Red Tibetan Mastiff, currently holds the record as the world’s most expensive dog at 10 million yuan (or $1.5 million) when it was sold in Qingdao. The previous record holder was another Tibetan Mastiff, though it was significantly more affordable at just 4 million yuan back in 2009.
But how has this breed outshined the Chow Chow or Shih Tzu? Graced with a prominent mane, enormous paws and droopy eyes, the fuzzy Tibetan Mastiff is hailed for its noble history. Apparently the venerable Buddha and Genghis Khan were both owners of this Tibetan variety.
Other than that, it’s just another symbol of prestige. Flaunt your wealth, buy a Tibetan Mastiff.
Sometimes, owners will invest another hundreds of thousands of yuan dedicated to the dog’s upkeep, not limited to abortive plastic surgery procedures and cremations. Others are chauffeured around in motorcades and limousines. Is this real life?
Inevitably, even the Tibetan Mastiff has been subject to the watering down of Tibetan culture. Pay special attention to the crossbreeds masquerading as pedigrees.