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Tibetan Mastiff Sells for $1.9M in China (Lion's Blood)
UPI ^ | March. 19, 2014 | Danielle Haynes

Posted on 03/20/2014 11:49:09 AM PDT by nickcarraway

Tibetan mastiff is a status symbol for the newly wealthy in China, fetching prices upwards of a million dollars.

]A wealthy businessman in China purchased a Tibetan mastiff puppy at a luxury pets fair for a whopping $1.9 million.

“They have lion’s blood and are top-of-the-range mastiff studs,” said Zhang Gengyun, the dog's breeder. “Pure Tibetan mastiffs are very rare, just like our nationally treasured pandas, so the prices are so high."

Tibetan mastiffs are known for their round manes giving them a lion-like look, and are descendants of hunting dogs used by nomadic tribes in Asia. The dogs are large and can be ferocious and fiercely loyal, the New York Post reported.

The pup the unnamed businessman purchased was 31 inches tall and about 200 pounds.

The dog is a popular breed for the newly wealthy in China, a status symbol move that has driven their prices up. One sold for $1.5 million in 2011 and there are reports another fetched $4.3 million last year.

An industry insider it's often the case that breeders drive the prices up on these transactions to boost the dogs worth, but that actually money never exchanges hands.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: dogs

1 posted on 03/20/2014 11:49:09 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Anyone that pays 1.9 mil for a dog is an idiot.


2 posted on 03/20/2014 11:51:01 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: nickcarraway

Theme was a scandal at a Chinese zoo a few months ago when the visitors discovered the zoo was charging admission for them to see the zoo’s “lion” that turned out to be one of these dogs.


3 posted on 03/20/2014 11:53:56 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: Sacajaweau
Saw this yesterday. Kind of ridiculous. Can get an equally inbred dog for a couple of hundred. Or a mutt without hip dysplasia for next to nothing.
4 posted on 03/20/2014 11:55:38 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I am not sure if it would make a good bird dog for quail or pheasant season.


5 posted on 03/20/2014 11:56:09 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: nickcarraway
I like the looks of the English Mastiff better.


6 posted on 03/20/2014 11:56:13 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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WOOOF!

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7 posted on 03/20/2014 11:57:14 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: nickcarraway

How do they taste?


8 posted on 03/20/2014 11:57:40 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Probably the item in a new upscale Chinese cuisine along with live monkey brains.


9 posted on 03/20/2014 11:58:36 AM PDT by ZULU (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: Sacajaweau
The pup the unnamed businessman purchased was 31 inches tall and about 200 pounds.

That ain't no pup...

10 posted on 03/20/2014 11:58:41 AM PDT by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: Cowboy Bob
How do they taste?

Pretty ruff.

11 posted on 03/20/2014 11:58:54 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: ShadowAce

Completely different temperament tho.


12 posted on 03/20/2014 11:59:39 AM PDT by NVDave
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To: nickcarraway

Ya can’t fix stupid.


13 posted on 03/20/2014 12:00:26 PM PDT by Wicket (1 Peter 3:15 , Romans 5:5-8)
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To: NVDave

Could be—I have no experience with the Tibetans. The English was quite calm, loyal, and patient when I was growing up around her.


14 posted on 03/20/2014 12:01:39 PM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Cowboy Bob

Perhaps the real purpose of moochele’s trip was to do a little grocery shopping for hubby....


15 posted on 03/20/2014 12:02:29 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: nickcarraway

Think of all the shelter dogs that could be helped with that money.


16 posted on 03/20/2014 12:06:20 PM PDT by Gefn (All good kitties go to the Rainbow Bridge; their humans can't stop crying)
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To: nickcarraway

Still smells like..........dog!!


17 posted on 03/20/2014 12:14:03 PM PDT by rejoicing
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To: Gefn

Adopted a rottweiler last year at a local shelter.80 bucks.We’re very happy with him and I think he’s pretty happy with us.


18 posted on 03/20/2014 12:16:49 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: nickcarraway

Lion’s blood Huh?

Perhaps this is what Charlie Sheen was referring to, but that would mean...

Nevermind.


19 posted on 03/20/2014 12:21:51 PM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Sacajaweau

Anyone that sells a dog for 1.9 mil is a genius. ;)


20 posted on 03/20/2014 12:28:49 PM PDT by Ray76 (Profit from the mistakes of others, you'll never live long enough to make them all yourself.)
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To: Sacajaweau

The Chinese will slice him up into dog sushi for the greatest sex ever!


21 posted on 03/20/2014 12:33:22 PM PDT by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: nickcarraway

Yes, but what do they taste like?


22 posted on 03/20/2014 12:41:09 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (My whimsical litany of satyric prose and avarice pontification of wisdom demonstrates my concinnity.)
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To: Cowboy Bob
How do they taste?

You beat me to it. I should have checked to see if any FReepers had the same first thought. Dang it!

23 posted on 03/20/2014 12:42:41 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (My whimsical litany of satyric prose and avarice pontification of wisdom demonstrates my concinnity.)
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To: Tenacious 1

You won’t know until you wok them.


24 posted on 03/20/2014 12:42:52 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Tenacious 1

see my tagline.


25 posted on 03/20/2014 12:47:37 PM PDT by SpinnerWebb (IN-SAPORIBVS-SICVT-PVLLVM)
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To: ShadowAce

Tibetans are not to be trifled with and not really that rare.

The buyer was a moron with more dollars than sense.


26 posted on 03/20/2014 1:16:15 PM PDT by Salamander (SNEK!!!)
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To: nickcarraway

This 1 looks just like a Chow Chow. Except, I guess, the drop ears.


27 posted on 03/20/2014 1:32:43 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Cowboy Bob

How do they taste?

Maybe the owner will be hosting a private dinner @ $500,000 a plate like the movie “The Freshman”


28 posted on 03/20/2014 1:35:28 PM PDT by jimmyo57
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To: nickcarraway
Tibetan mastiff

Amazing dogs. Not worth what this guy paid, but they are amazing. The fur feels like cashmere.

29 posted on 03/20/2014 1:44:42 PM PDT by aimhigh (John 14:21)
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To: Farmer Dean

“Adopted a rottweiler last year at a local shelter.80 bucks.We’re very happy with him and I think he’s pretty happy with us.”

But what did you do with the $1.199 million you saved??


30 posted on 03/20/2014 4:21:25 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

Paid our taxes.


31 posted on 03/20/2014 6:09:33 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Farmer Dean

Thank you for adopting from a shelter. Both my cats were shelter kitties. I live in an apartment, so I’ve never had the pleasure of sharing my life with a dog. I still hope to do so someday.

Give your doggy a kiss from me. I do like doggies.


32 posted on 03/21/2014 10:57:15 AM PDT by Gefn (All good kitties go to the Rainbow Bridge; their humans can't stop crying)
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To: nickcarraway

I have heard so many different stories about this dog, it’s mind boggling, so who knows what the real truth is.


33 posted on 03/21/2014 1:55:09 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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