A Mastiff
Korean Mastiffs make good sniffer dogs because of their strong sense of smell.Reuters

Dog lovers across the world have shelled out hundreds of thousands of dollars to own a dog of their choice. Rottweiler, Tibetan Mastiff, Samoyed, Akita, Lowchen and Pharoah Hound feature among the world's most expensive dog breeds.

Two Korean Dosa Mastiff pups bought by the president of the Indian Dog Breeders' Association might soon join the list of the most expensive ones. Dog lover and breeder Satish S, who lives in Bangalore in the southern state of Karnataka in India, is importing the pups from China for Rs 10m (£104,472, $149,800) each and is according them a royal welcome to the country.

Satish, who will be the first in India to own a Korean Mastiff, has hired a Rolls Royce and borrowed a Land Rover from a friend to escort the pups – one male and one female - from the airport to his house, the Times of India reported.

"This is a dream come true, I wanted this dog for over 20 years," Satish, the owner of more than 150 different breeds of dogs, said. He has been in the business for more than 25 years now. He said he has been searching for the Korean Mastiff for a long time and finally found a breeder in China whose Korean Mastiff gave birth to some pups recently.

About the Korean Mastiff, 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." Satish's most expensive purchase before the Korean Mastiff duo was a Tibetan Mastiff for Rs 6.5m.

The Korean Dosa Mastiffs, also called Mee Kyun Dosa, have their origin in South Korea. The heavy-built, wrinkled dog looks fearsome, but it is a gentle breed that gets attached to its master fairly easily. The dog gets along well with children and also with fellow pets. But the mastiff does not mingle easily with strangers.