You want a pet but can’t decide between so many options? Well, you could choose a quite unique one: the $2.18 million Dolan Sheep from the ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar, China. There are only 1000 of them in the whole world.
Liu Fenghua, a 48-year-old sheep breeder in the city of Aksu, bought 2 of them for $3,900 in 2009 and the next year their value reached $39,000. He sais that the Dolan Sheep has become ornamental and that the price depends on how clean-cut are the breed’s features: bigger ears, a darker fleece or a more curved face. The best ones have dark fleece and white tail.
Majid Abdul Reyim, a breeder in Kashgar, owns the most valuable sheep, the grandfather of all the best pedigree Dolans in the region, for which he has received an offer of $2.18 million. Several families often buy a single sheep and then share the breeding rights. Only a dose of semen from such a sheep costs $47,000.
China really knows how to stand out above all nations when it comes to producing expensive commodities. Last year, Big Splash, a Tibetan Mastiff puppy, was sold for $1.5 million in Qingdao, becoming the world’s most expensive dog.