They love their Tibetan Mastiffs in China. Back in 2007 I wrote about the popularity of the lovable guard dogs among China's elite and the puppy love has only grown since then. Now a new record has been set. A woman has paid around $600,000 for her new dog
. The Chinese millionaire identified only Mrs. Wang is shown above with the Tibetan Mastiff, Yangtze River Number Two. The dog is 18 months old and various reports have the young woman on the quest for the perfect specimen of this ancient breed. The large dogs were domesticated in the mountains of Tibet 6,000 years ago and are considered to be the oldest, biggest and fiercest domestic dog. They are prized as loyal guard dogs and are seen as a status symbol. The dogs with pure bloodlines fetch high prices because of their rarity. Mrs. Wang found the dog in Qinghai and it was flown to her home. At the Xi'an airport a motorcade of luxury cars greeted the top dog on arrival.
Not all Tibetan Mastiffs are this pricey. The American Tibetan Mastiff Association
has more information on breeders in the U.S. including pics of dogs given up for rescue.