TODAY staffupdated 9:05 a.m. CT, Fri., Sept . 11, 2009It 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. once, I am speechless.
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  • My daughter just read this and said we are breeding the wrong kind of dogs. :o)
  • Wow! That's unbelievable. But it makes me feel less guilty about the money I spend on stuff for Halas. That dog probably gets his own limo and driver.
  • Looks like my Newfoumdland, Lance, that I had growing up!
  • I hope that she would not place $500K expectation on this dog.....He is just who is, doesn't matter if someone paid $500K or $500 for him.
  • The fact that China has one of the highest poverty rates in the world-millions upon million of severly poor people should make this woman think twice about spending this kind of money publicly for a dog. She may donate generously to this cause for all we know-but she probably shud have tried to keep this quiet. Some whacko may try to kidnap him for heavens sake.
  • Money can buy you a pretty good dog, but it won't buy the wag of his tail
  • Well..that's it! I'm movin' to China to breed Tibetan Mastiffs ;-)
  • Unbelievable!
  • The mind just boggles. It is so insane that I keep thinking it must be a joke, or a publicity stunt of some kind. Then my mind, as is often the case, goes off into Bizarro-land. I keep focusing on that number. I imagine the negotiating:
    "I would like to buy this dog. I'll give you $580,000"
    "Make it $582,000 and you've got yourself a deal."
  • Not only is she wealthy....she is a certifiable lunatic! It is painful to hear about such waste! I watched a wedding show once and the people (not famous or anything - just rich and sinfully spoiled imo) had a $25,000 wedding cake. That wasnt the focus of the show, it was just mentioned in passing. What a waste of money! Even if I was filthy stinking rich, my own inner scruples would cause me to be to ashamed and embarrassed to waste money so frivolously when there are suffering impoverished people and starving babies on this planet!
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