Mutt-millionaire

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MULTI-MILLIONAIRE Kenny Lai owns 30 Tibetan Mastiffs. This is the most expensive breed of dog in the world, although numbers have dwindled in recent times.

The Malaysian entrepreneur wanted to ensure the breeds survival, so three years ago he bought nine thoroughbreds for the equivalent of €2.6million and bred them.

 

They have a 5,000 square meter air-conditioned compound specially built at Lai’s penthouse apartment in Kuala Lumpur and a team of caretakers, trainers and vets who look after them 24-hours a day.

Tibetan Mastiffs originated in the Himalayas, can live to 14-years of age and weight up to 125kg.

In Asia they carry an almost mythical status and are often referred to as the god or king of dogs.

They were described as “tall as a donkey with a voice as powerful as that of a lion” by 13th Century explorer Marco Polo.

 

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