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Tibetan mastiff puppy sold for $2.4m in China: Report

Published on Mar 19, 2014 11:56 AM

BEIJING (AFP) - A Tibetan mastiff puppy has been sold in China for almost US$2 million (S$2.5 million) , a report said on Wednesday, in what could be the most expensive dog sale ever.

A property developer paid the amount for the one-year-old golden-haired mastiff at a "luxury pet" fair on Tuesday in the eastern province of Zhejiang, the Qianjiang Evening News reported.

"They have lion's blood and are top-of-the-range mastiff studs," the dog's breeder Zhang Gengyun was quoted as telling the newspaper, adding that another red-haired canine had sold for 6 million yuan (S$1.22 million).

Enormous and sometimes ferocious, with round manes lending them a passing resemblance to lions, Tibetan mastiffs have become a prized status symbol among China's wealthy, sending prices skyrocketing.

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