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March 25, 2014 - 11:00 am

DOGS LIFE

The story:

A property developer paid 12 million yuan ($1.9 million) for the one-year-old golden-haired mastiff at a “luxury pet” fair 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 paper, adding that another red-haired canine had sold for 6 million yuan.

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.

Gorgeous animals to be sure, although maybe we shouldn’t take the bit about lion’s blood at face value.

Our recently-adopted rescue mutt cost somewhat less, but she’s a digger and an escape artist, so we might eventually make up the difference in fence repairs.

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Cross-posted from Vodkapundit

Stephen Green began blogging at VodkaPundit.com in early 2002, and has served as PJMedia's Denver editor since 2008. He's one of the hosts on PJTV, and one-third of PJTV's Trifecta team with Scott Ott and Bill Whittle. Steve lives with his wife and sons in the hills and woods of Monument, Colorado, where he enjoys the occasional lovely adult beverage.

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The official legend is that the Tibetan Mastiff is the ancient progenitor of all the mastiff-derived breeds. Supposedly, Alexander the Great's men brought them back to Europe.

That's the legend, at any rate. When it comes to the older dog breeds, legends are really all there is.
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