Chinese Woman Ms. Wang Buys "Most Expensive" Dog for $582,000
It sounds like a shaggy dog story, but it isn’t. A Tibetan Mastiff is believed to have broken the record as the world’s most expensive dog — sold to a young Chinese millionaire for a mind-blowing $582,000.
The owner, known only as Ms. Wang, traveled to Qinghai province of northwest China to purchase the 18-month old dog, named Yangtze River Number Two.
Yangtze came home to an A-List entrance at Xi’an airport in China’s Shaanxi province, where he was reportedly greeted by hordes of dog lovers and picked up on Wednesday by a motorcade of 30 black Mercedes-Benz cars.
“Gold has a price, but this Tibetan Mastiff doesn’t,” she was quoted as saying to Chinese publications.
Tibetan Mastiffs, a fairly rare breed, typically cost about $2,000 in the West, but are more expensive in China where they are valued for their skills as guard dogs.
Ms. Wang has plans to mate Yangtze with another Tibetan Mastiff that she owns, according to Chinese reports.
A family in Florida previously held the record, paying $155,000 for a Labrador named Lancelot Encore, cloned from their dead dog, Lancelot.
Chinese woman has reportedly paid 4 million yuan (US$582,000) for a Tibetan mastiff, making it what many believe to be the worlds most expensive dog. The dog, named Yangtze River Number Two, was purchased in the Qinhai province in northwest China. Local reports indicated that a motorcade of 30 cars escorted the dog from the airport in XiAn to his new home. A crowd also gathered to celebrate its new resident. There are two different versions of how the woman came to seek out the mastiff. One version indicates that the woman, who is only known as Mrs. Wang, fell in love with the dog when she was travelling in the town of Yushu with a Tibetan mastiff that she already owned so she could find it a mate. Another version said that Mrs. Wang had been searching for years for the perfect Tibetan mastiff when she found the dog. The Tibetan mastiff was primarily used in the past as a family and property guardian