Red Tibetan Mastiff "Big Splash" Is World’s Most Expensive Dog (VIDEO)

Red Tibetan Mastiff "Big Splash" Is World’s Most Expensive Dog (VIDEO)

Red Tibetan Mastiff "Big Splash" Is World’s Most Expensive Dog (VIDEO)

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March 16 2011 5:18 PM

Red Tibetan Mastiff "Big Splash" Is World’s Most Expensive Dog (VIDEO)


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If you thought Charlie Sheen was overpaid, meet the world’s most expensive dog. The 11-month-old red Tibetan Mastiff named Big Splash, or

Hong Dong

in China, was purchased by a coal baron in northern China for $1.5 million.

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News of the purchase is trending as Big Splash supplants another Tibetan Mastiff named Yangzte River Number Two, purchased for $500,000 in 2009. The ancient breed from central Asia has recently become a status symbol, like sports cars and rare jewelry, among the Chinese elite. The dog's breeder says he can now pay his staff for raising what he calls "the perfect specimen."