BENGALURU: The Korean Dosa mastiff has a heavy wrinkled skin, hanging jowls and a blunt nose, but it is entitled to put it up in the air. For this rare bundle costs an eye-popping Rs 1 crore-as much as a good-sized villa. And the nose may be flat, but it smells sharp.
Bengalurean Satish S, who is importing this exotic breed, is set to become the first owner of the Korean breed in India. Satish, breeder and president of Indian Dog Breeders’ Association, said two two-month-old pups, each costing Rs 1 crore, are flying in from China. This is the first time the breed is entering India, he claimed.
“This is a dream come true, I wanted this dog for over 20 years,” said Satish, who has over 150 dogs, a combination of rare and big breeds, at his farmhouse in Kumbalgodu, and has been in the business for over 25 years. “After a long and exhausting search, I finally got good news. I was in touch with a breeder in China whose Korean mastiff littered recently. I’m importing one female and one male pup,” he said.
“It is one of the rarest breeds, known for its heavily wrinkled body. The body is so wrinkly that even its eyes are barely visible,” he said.
The pups are on their way to Bengaluru, with a day’s rest to break their long and strenuous journey. They were put on a plane from Beijing to Bangkok, where they rested on Monday, and will arrive on Wednesday.
Satish is rolling out the red carpet for the two pups-one will be picked up in a Rolls Royce and another will travel in a Range Rover from the airport to his house in Banashankari II Stage. “I’ve rented a Rolls Royce for a day. The Range Rover belongs to a friend,” he said.
“They are coming from a cooler place, so I will keep them in an air-conditioned room till they adjust a bit to the heat here,” said Satish.
The most expensive dog Satish has imported till date is the Tibetan mastiff, for which he paid Rs 65 lakh. “But the Korean mastiff will be my most expensive buy now,” he said.