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$1.6 million just bought the world’s most expensive dog.

Mar 15, 2011 By Abraham 141

Big Splash, or “Hong Dong” in Chinese, is an 11-month-old Red Tibetan Mastiff. He already stands nearly three-feet-high at the shoulder and weighs more than 180lbs.

He was recently purchased by an unidentified Chinese coal baron.

Hong Dong

Read more at The Telegraph.

141 Comments

      1. WashNWiggle says:

        Yeah the owner will make money “MAYBE”, what if this dog is shooting blanks!
        I hope he bought this dog for the right reason and gives this dog a great life!

    1. Danniey says:

      Exactly! Who is dumb enough to spent 1.6 million on a dog that could get hit by a bus the next day?

      1. Ines Angelica says:

        I don’t think this dog would be likely to be hit by a bus at anytime…. I think this is a dog that would be cared as if he were a little prince or pricess heir to the throne!

      2. Thomas says:

        Its not dumb to spend that kind of money when the dog will be bred and will pay for itself within a year, and then its just income from there.

    1. todd says:

      $8888/lb shave the thing first and its more like 1.99/lb but Lady Gaga would pay 3 mil for that fur coat win win win

          1. evan says:

            Well.

            Not really.

            Dogs have not always even existed. At least not in the way we have them now. The dogs we have now have, for all intents and purposes, been designed by humans through selective breeding.

            Before we had modern dogs, wolves and wild dogs survived off of raw diets, sure. That doesn’t mean that the scientifically engineered dogs we have today could…

          1. T says:

            Raw diets are great for wild animals!! Unfortunately we have domesticated dogs and cats and therefore domesticated there dietary needs. Case in point, Taurine deficiency in cats.

          2. Awesome says:

            Taurine is found in organs. Cats are the only ones with taurine problems and it is solved by proper feeding. What do you think our pets were eating before kibble? Did little bits of it just fall out of the sky?

          3. IsaidIt says:

            I work in the veterinary field and we have a saying.

            “If you don’t mind your dog having a blow-out every 6 months or so then feed them a raw meat diet.”

            People that feed a raw meat diet also think its a good thing when a dog goes off its food for a couple of days. If that’s not healthy for you, why is it for your dog? It means they have a stomach ache from some sort of bad food, duh!

            Raw meat diets are no healthier for your dog then they are for you. I’ve treated many a dog with E.coli, salmonella, etc. from the raw meat diet. For the most part they don’t even have the correct balance of vitamins and minerals.

            For those of you who haven’t had a problem yet, don’t worry you will. For those of you who claim to have been feeding your dogs raw meat for years with no problem, you’re lying or not watching your dog as closely as you should.

          4. Sex McGee says:

            My dog refuses to eat anything but pan-seared filet mignon in a shallot-white wine sauce, with a sprig of mint on top. I hope that’s not unhealthy for him: I’ve had to resort to eating dog food to afford his diet.

        1. Justin case says:

          No the hell it’s not ..it’s biologically appropriate…its their ancestrial diet and lots better than over produced nutritionally dead dog kibbles…Know the facts..the sad thing is how many homeless dogs or shelters that could have been helped with the money spent on this one dog.

          1. Koyaa says:

            And this you say with your comment ending up right under the veterinary talking about how he gets to treat dogs for diseases they have gotten from eating raw diets.

            Ancestral diets? Our ancestral diet is also raw flesh among others and we can’t eat it either. Also, there is not much But nutrients in those dog kibbles, they often hold a higher standard than what many foods for humans do.

            And your last sentence is just dumb, kinda like saying “Ohh think of how many homeless dogs the bank bailouts could have helped, really sad.”.
            Just couse the money was used on a dog in this case doesn’t exactly mean they where earmarked for the animal world.
            And what do you know about what happened to the money anyway?, the sellers could very well have been some kennel that do help dogs and shelters.

    1. Lulu says:

      I foster at risk animals for the Humane Society, and Isaidit’s comments about parasites is correct. Yes, dogs were designed to eat raw meat, but much has changed since their wild days, in our environment and in the environment of their intestines. In addition, most vets won’t initially recognize parasites in a sick animal. They are used to caring for well cared for pets, and many either don’t recognize of don’t believe what they see when an animal’s body is riddled with e.coli, giardia, coccidiosis, etc. because thsoe are typically found in animals no one cares about. Giardia is now often treatment resistant. I took care of a kitten who fought giardia for a year and a half before beating it. This, BTW, is a good reason never to let your pets roam, too. some of these things come from drinking out of puddles. I’ve sat up all night, holding kittens while they evacuate from both ends – until there’s nothing but an empty little rag of an animal left. It’s always amazing to me when they pull through after that depletion and agony. Rescue agencies desperately need financial and physical support to take care of animals with theseand other problems. This money would have been so much better spent helping that cause.

      I have to wonder how good this dog will make his owner feel, compared to how he could feel if he spent that same amount of money helping injured, abused, and neglected animals. I think he made a bad bargain. He could get so much more for his money. If the seller has any sense, he’ll use the money for good, and enjoy the benefits of it.

      1. JC says:

        Completely in agreeing with this. Rich people earn their money too. They work to get those or to keep those when they are born with it, so why would they give it to perfectly able people that can work but choose not to, and yet pry on the sympathy of people.

      1. David P. says:

        Yup. It’s anyone who has money’s responsibility to look after the people that don’t. If they don’t like it, they could have stayed poor and let the money and the responsibility go to someone else.

        1. Jb says:

          Only a lazy person would say something so stupid. If he wants to pile his money up and set it on fire, that is his business to do so.

  1. Paul says:

    I got 22 words about the person that bought this dog…

    “stupid,stupid,stupid,stupid,stupid,stupid,stupid,stupid,stupid,stupid,
    stupid,stupid,stupid,stupid,stupid,stupid,stupid,stupid,stupid,stupid,
    stupid,STUPID!!!

    1. Carr says:

      It seems you left off the words “in my pocket”. If someone (truly) offered me $1.6 million for almost anything, they’d get it.

  2. KS says:

    the only dog worth that much money is one that brushes its own hair, buys its own food, cleans up after itself in the yard, takes a bath on its own and makes me dinner every night.

  3. Stephanie says:

    It looks like a huge fur coat. If I saw a dog like that I’d go all Cruella De Ville on it. Also, a raw diet is 100% fine for dogs as in the wild they are predators and that is their natural diet. They kill, then eat, and don’t bother spending any time cleaning, cooking, and adding grains and vegetables to their meals. Just like cats.

    1. Red says:

      not so much, dogs and wolves supplement their diet with vegetables and berries and such, which makes sense it’s a lot easier to collect and doesn’t fight back. cats are more carnivorous then dogs though and less willing to eat vegetables/fruit.

      1. Stephanie says:

        This is true, I have done a lot more research on this since my previous statement as my husband and I just inherited a sweet puppy. While my cats do better with more meat than regular kibble provides, my puppy needs more of a balanced diet.

  4. Peter John says:

    All that money, and he still scrounges “Roca” from the catbox. They probably give him his own house when all he wants is to sleep on the bed and eat people food.

  5. caycee says:

    Beautiful dog…but I bet our 2 retired police dogs and my hubbys current k9 can do more tricks than this 1.6 million dollar pup!

    1. lifer says:

      at 1.6 mil the only trick I would teach him is to play dead and also I don’t think he would be fed criminals and bums

  6. Gary McCampbell says:

    Let’s see: I’m bought for a lot of money, put into a really healthy situation as I am very valuable, get lots of really great grooming and healthy food so I am looking good for the similarly looking females for whom I am to accommodate as often as necessary and keep’em coming (pun intended). Tell me what self respecting or not so self respecting male would turn up his nose (visual) to that. Get real humans, it’s a dog’s life.

  7. MissAnneThrope says:

    Absolutely disgusting. The premise of paying for animals based on their bloodlines, not the animal itself. I can understand animals bred for a purpose, like racing, hunting, etc. but domesticated animals?? No.

    1. Kat says:

      They DO have a purpose. Guarding their owner, home, flocks, etc. This instinct to protect is bred into them.

      1. Carr says:

        If $1.6 Mil is your budget for security and all you get is one dog, you’re an idiot.

        Staff 53 security guards at $30,000 for a year. Or 10 for 5 years. Or 1 for 50 years. Whatever.

  8. asa says:

    Apparently they have figured out a way to monopolize dog breeds.

    Pretty handsome I’ll admit, though I hear they’re very aggresive.

  9. Loki says:

    It seems no one commenting has the slightest clue about how much people spend for dog breeding. I don’t understand how people “can not believe that he spent this much for a dog”. Over the course of this dog’s life, the owner is easily going to make 20 million dollars. I’d say that’s a smart investment.

    1. Kat says:

      This is assuming that this dog is breeding quality. Just because a dog is the offspring of two champion dogs does not mean it is going to be a good specimen for breeding. Also, the rarer the dog, the more difficult it is to prevent inbreeding.

      1. Nikki D says:

        True, but he was bought for his extremely rare color. The breed is normally white, but red is an accepted (but almost never seen) color. On top of that I understand there’s some “luck” thing about that breed having that color. It adds up to that as long as he’s not sterile he’ll most likely be used for breeding anyway (sadly enough) because any red puppies after him will be extremely valuable, and even normal white ones will sell for a decent (normal) amount.

        Really the biggest concern here is that it’s almost guaranteed that he’ll be bred even if it turns out he has hip issues, a bad temperament, etc.

        1. Nikki D says:

          Bah aren’t I the stupid one. I got the Tibetan Mastiff and the Pyrenean Mastiff mixed up color wise. Completely ignore me over here. (Note to self, don’t post on the internet before I’ve had coffee.)

      2. oopsy says:

        inbreeding hahaha when the first batch of pups have slanty eyes and can bark “over here G I Joe” we will know what inbreeding is

    1. Yo diddy says:

      No rescues. They’re in doggy-jail for a reason. You really want a doggy-criminal running around your house? I think not!

    1. Carr says:

      If he is meant as a breeding dog, then this would be an investment loss, able to be claimed as a deduction, I’m fairly certain. Also, he would likely be insured, so they would recover a great deal of that value from the insurance company (which would net down the investment loss).

      However, the likelihood of his needing to be put down after a bite is pretty low since he would be well-documented, the owners are well-off, and relatively no suspicion of disease would be present.

    2. Chris says:

      Yes I’m sure the Chinese government would be happy to go after a coal tycoon, because that’s exactly how China works. I think it would be more likely that the person bit would be “removed” and erased from the public record.

  10. Bryan says:

    After spending a summer in China, I got to live with a farmer for 3 days. He happens to be extremely well off and he owns his own museum park with about 10 of these dogs. He explained to me, each dog goes for at least a million USD a pup in China. When fully grown these mastiffs will be over 8 feet standing on their legs and are extremely protective. They are also loyal and will only have one master in their lifetime even if he dies. I’m assuming this man bought this dog for breeding purposes and will make his money back in no time.

  11. Lulu says:

    My husband came in last night with a tiny, soaking wet chihuahua mix dog that he found in the middle of the street. He is half the size of our smallest cat, is not neutered, has absolutely no street smarts ( would have run in front of a speeding trash truck this morning if I didn’t have him on a leash), has never been leash trained, or command trained, is not microchipped, and we can’t find anyone out looking for him. What he does have is a terrific personality and great social skills with people of all ages, dogs, and even cats ( who he loves – must have lived with one). I took him to my vet to check for a microchip that would identify him (he had none) and also to buy him food and check in at places where he might have been reported missing. We found no sign of his owner, but his personality won over everyone we saw and we got four serious offers to adopt him, two of which came from staff at the vet.

    My point? It’s not looks or pedigreee that count. What makes a million dollar dog is personality and social skills.

    1. Marx says:

      Absolutely correct. It’s a sad world we live in. Everything’s about looks and money. Completely meaningless things as far as I’m concerned.

  12. J says:

    Everyone is going on about the dog but no one seems to be mentioning the fact that this guy is a coal baron. The conditions in coal mines in China are inhuman. That 1.6million paid out for a dog, could have improved the lives of many people that probably work in his mines making barely enough to live let alone give their children opportunities. That someone could profit so much off of the suffering of others that they can thoughtlessly spend money on frivolous nonsense is disgusting and sad. No this is not an argument for economic redistribution, but considering that China is technically communist their income inequality is downright comical.

    1. aka says:

      You are completely right, they copy everything and now they even copy USA inequality and immorality. How dare they!!

      1. J says:

        If you think the USA invented this kind of inequality and immorality then you are clearly no student of history.

  13. Dannymac says:

    Don’t hate on the person or the dog! Market determined this dogs value. if he didnt buy it, it wouldn’t have sold for much less. Tibetan Mastiff one of the oldest dog breeds in history. This dog is beautiful and he is helping keep alive an awesome part of chinese and cultural history.

  14. nmgmarques says:

    How the hell do you even justify an animal costing 1.6 Million? What on earth could make any animal worth that much? In my opinion, people have their priorities backwards and mindsets totally wrong.

  15. Nicole Renee says:

    That dog is adorable! Extremely huge, but adorable! I am 5 feet two inches and am pretty sure the dog would tower over me!!! I love dogs though so I would have trouble at all!
    Nicole @ Denver Mortgage Company

  16. lhaolpa says:

    The man who bought the dog,I assume,made the $1.6 mil himself. I further assume that he wanted the dog,so he bought it. What a person spends his money on is his/her business,and if it seems foolish to others,then think of the things that you buy that someone thinks is foolish. Many think it’s perfectly normal to buy a new car every year,even though the car is perfectly good. I’ve driven the same truck for 12 years,and bought it used. Some think that is foolish as well,but that’s the way that I want to spend my money[or not],so that’s what I do. Mitt Romney gives much of his money away,and that’s his right,as he earned it. How much of their income do liberals who are perfectly fine with giving away taxpayers money,but don’t give their own to anyone. When you do your taxes,You can pay any amount that you want to. Those who want the”rich” to pay their “fair share” can pay any amount up to 100% if they want to,but fight,hide,and outright defraud when it comes to paying theirs. lha

  17. zhouwei says:

    I saw it from a TV programm that the price consists of not only one single mastiff but a whole package of medical and breeding service for years as well as several puppy dogs.To breed a mastiff costs up to hundreds of thousand but the whole package deserve that much money.The media won’t tell you about it because that’s how they drive up prices.It’s like Chinese art market,u buy one painting and get several more secretly and the artwork get more valuable instantly.

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