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  • The Tibetan mastiff is the most expensive dog in the world.
  • The breed stands at at least 26 inches shoulder height and typically weighs more than 100 lbs.
  • Known to sell for at least $7,000 per puppy, a Chinese businessman made headlines when he bought a 1-year-old Tibetan mastiff for $1.9 million.

It isn’t a lion, but this dog resembles one and at times can cost nearly as much.

The Tibetan mastiff is known for its long, golden coats and flowing lion-like mane. 

Standing at at least 26 inches shoulder height and typically weighing well over 100 lbs., the Tibetan mastiff is known to sell for at least $7,000 per puppy at the low end. 


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In 2014, a Chinese businessman made headlines when he bought a 1-year-old Tibetan mastiff for $1.9 million.

“They have lion’s blood and are top-of-the-range mastiff studs,” the dog’s breeder, Zhang Gengyun, said at the time.

Fiercely loyal to its family and mellow at home, the breed is known to be standoffish and territorial with strangers.

In recent years, thousands of the breed, which was highly popular among China’s wealthy, have been abandoned and killed en masse following a collapse in demand for the breed.


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Published on Oct 05, 2021