Watch this short episode about a Tibetan mastiff puppy sold in China at an astronomical price.
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A Tibetan mastiff puppy has been sold in China for almost $(1) ... , a report said Wednesday, in what could be the most expensive dog sale ever. A property developer paid 12 million yuan ($ ...) for the one-year-old golden-haired mastiff at a “(3) ...” fair Tuesday in the eastern province of Zhejiang, the Qianjiang Evening News reported. “They have lion’s (4) ... and are top-of-the-range mastiff studs,” the dog’s breeder Zhang Gengyun was quoted as telling the paper, adding that another (5) ... canine had sold for 6 million yuan. Enormous and sometimes ferocious, with round manes lending them a passing resemblance to (6) ... , Tibetan mastiffs have become a prized (7) ... among China’s wealthy, sending prices skyrocketing.
The golden-haired animal was 80 centimetres ( ... ) tall, and weighed 90 kilograms (nearly 200 pounds), Zhang said, adding that he was sad to sell the animals. Neither was named in the report. “Pure Tibetan mastiffs are very rare, just like our nationally (9) ... pandas, so the prices are so high,” he said. One red mastiff named “Big Splash” reportedly sold for 10 million yuan ($1.5 million) in 2011, in the most expensive dog sale then recorded.
The buyer at the Zhejiang expo was said to be a 56-year-old property (10) ... from Qingdao who hopes to breed dogs himself, according to the report. The newspaper quoted the owner of a mastiff breeding website as saying that last year one animal sold for 27 million yuan at a fair in Beijing. But an industry insider surnamed Xu told the paper that the high prices may be the result of insider agreements among (11) ... to boost their dogs’ worth. “A lot of the sky-high priced (12) ... are just (11) ... hyping each other up, and no money actually changes hands,” Xu said. Owners say the mastiffs, descendants of dogs used for hunting by nomadic tribes in central Asia and Tibet, are fiercely loyal and protective.
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