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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