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The world’s most expensive dog

“Will you be having truffles or caviar this afternoon?”

It is often assumed that the world’s most pampered dogs must be the corgis so beloved of Elizabeth II, Queen of England. But the corgis now have a canine rival, and he resides in the ancient Chinese imperial capital of Xi’an.

This week a motorcade of 30 Mercedes limos escorted a dog called Yangtze River to his new home. The rare (and very pure bred) Tibetan Mastiff was purchased at the heady price tag of Rmb4 million ($584,000). Reckoned to be the world’s most expensive dog, this may mark another milestone in China’s love affair with ‘conspicuous consumption’. Other expensive pets include red dragon fish; the more pricey examples have been selling for $117,000 each (see WiC25).


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