A Chinese Millionaire Couple Buys A Tibetan Mastiff Worth $600,000

August 7th, 2010 - 7:05 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
mastiffAug 7, (THAINDIAN NEWS) A Chinese couple paid $600,000 for a Tibetan Mastiff named Yangtze River Number Two. It seems that Tibetan Mastiff has become a new status symbol for the people of China. A reputed media source reported that the pet fairs devoted only to Tibetan Mastiffs take place several times a year where the dog lovers from all over the country arrive to be part of the fair and buy their favorite breeds.

The Tibetan Mastiff Yangtze River Number Two weighs nearly 150 pounds and it is 3 feet tall. The media covered the news exclusively as Yangtze River Number Two is the most expensive dog sold in China. However, the “snow lions” of Tibet have a huge popularity in China because they are considered as good luck for them. Tibetan Mastiffs sometimes die in China when they are brought for sale as they are not used to such low altitudes of 12,000 feet. However, this does not stop the people from buying the much coveted Tibetan Mastiff.

Fan Xing, the head of International Center for Veterinary Services has said that he does not approve of this expensive buys. According to him, the millionaires buy these dogs as an obsession to prove their high status to others. Wen Li, a Tibetan Mastiff spokesman and dog fair organizer said in one of his statement that in China Tibetan Mastiffs are considered as “holy animal” and blessing to their health and security as well. The media reported that the millionaire couple who bought the dog owns 40 Tibetan Mastiffs. A similar craze was seen among US citizens when Walt Disney released “101 Dalmatians” few years back and most of the families owned a cute dalmatian after watching the movie.

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