China: Breeder sells 2 Tibetan mastiffs for $3m

2014-03-20 08:58

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Beijing - A Chinese dog breeder said on Thursday that a property developer paid him $3m for Tibetan mastiff twins, highlighting how the breed has become a status symbol for China's rich.

The large, slobbery dog with massive amounts of hair was best-known for herding sheep in Tibet, but has now become a luxury for the ultra-rich who want to spread their wealth beyond stocks and real estate.

Breeder Zhang Gengyun said he sold the 1-year-old twin male dogs to a single buyer at a luxury dog fair on Tuesday in wealthy Zhejiang province, located on China's east coast. The sales were reported by the local Qianjiang Evening News.

One of the twins, a golden-haired Tibetan mastiff was sold for more than $1.9m, and his red-haired brother went for nearly $1m.

Zhang said the buyer, from eastern Shandong province, paid him the $3m on his credit card.

Zhang denied the sale was a ploy by breeders to hype the price of Tibetan mastiffs and said he was reluctant to sell the twins. "It's a real deal", he said.

The more expensive golden-haired dog was 80cm tall and weighed 90kg.

"His hair is bright and he has a dead-drop gorgeous face", said the breeder. "Usually he's quiet and gentle, but when a stranger shows up, he could bark endlessly and bite."

Zhang said the unnamed buyer might start breeding Tibetan mastiffs himself.

"The Tibetan mastiff is as treasured in China as the giant panda, so people consider it a symbol of higher social status", he said.
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