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Tibetan mastiffs all the rage in China


China’s hottest dog won’t fit in your lap, drools copiously and was once banned by the Communist party.

With pet ownership booming in China, the must-have dog for the ultra-rich is the Tibetan mastiff — a breed the Communist Party once deemed bourgeois, the Associated Press reports.

How much times have changed was evident at the 6th annual China Tibetan Mastiff Expo this past weekend, where hundreds of the massive dogs were on hand, parading down catwalks like fashion models and strutting their high-priced stuff.

Some carried the names of wealthy Americans like “Warren Buffett,” while others were called “God,” “Prince,” and “King”  — the latter so prized that one breeding session with him costs $40,000.

“I used to invest in German shepherds, but Tibetan mastiffs are what’s hot right now,” said King’s owner, Sui Huizheng, a businessman who has about 20 of the dogs.

Breeders in China say adult Tibetan mastiffs sell for tens of thousands of dollars, and can even go for more than $100,000.

One of them sold for more than half a million dollars last year to a woman in northern China who then sent 30 black Mercedes-Benz and other luxury cars to fetch the dog from the airport, according to a report in the state-run China Daily.

Tibetan mastiffs, most recognizable by their mane-like hair, can grow to 180 pounds.

After splurging on real estate in Australia, American thoroughbreds and European designer fashions, China’s rich see the Tibetan mastiffs as a new status symbol, the Associated Press reported, and among the must-haves for rich men in northeast China, the official Xinhua News Agency recently said, are a young beautiful wife, a Lamborghini and a Tibetan mastiff, “the bigger and more ferocious the better.”

(Photo: A Tibetan mastiff in South Korea — one who happens to be a clone. By John Woestendiek /ohmidog!)


Comment from Tom Manzitti
Time March 25, 2010 at 6:49 am

Now the Chinese have RICH INGLORIOUS BASTARDS!!! FREE TIBET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment from Barbara Williamson
Time March 25, 2010 at 12:57 pm

this is the same country that barbacially rounds up and kills dogs and cats, notbably for the summer Olympics…oh and babies are safe either. And now they are entering the stupidity of the purebred scam. Nice.

Comment from Anna
Time March 26, 2010 at 8:49 pm

This is really disturbing. China is barbaric in its handling of companion pets. When this “fad” of breed is over these dogs or their offspring will be clubbed, skinned alive, hung, and rounded up and packed into wire cages with many other dogs awaiting a gruesome death. This is really disturbing. If you are on facebook and can stomach it, click through on the pictures . . . http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/photo.php?pid=31037888&id=1061386936&ref=nf&fbid=1341999624330