Probably not, but over in China where the Tibetan mastiff breed is considering a symbol of status, a wealthy buyer plunked down 12 million yuan, or about $1.95 million, for a one-year-old puppy at a luxury pet fair, reports the Agence France-Press, along with another that sold for about half that price.
That just might be the most expensive dog sale ever, reports indicate.
“They have lion’s blood and are top-of-the-range mastiff studs,” the dog’s breeder told a local paper. Tibetan mastiffs are huge, with furry manes that do make them look a bit like a lion. It’s that rareness and size that has made the animals a prized possession among China’s wealthiest people.
“Pure Tibetan mastiffs are very rare, just like our nationally treasured pandas, so the prices are so high,” the breeder added.
In case you’re wondering what a $2 million dog looks like, well, let’s just say I really, really want to hug it ($2 million puppy is on the left):
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Dog sold for nearly US$2 million at Zhejiang luxury pet fair: report [Agence France Press]