10th March, 2013
In China, a prized Tibetan Mastiff dog goes for $750,000 and can even command more, if there is a scramble for it.
At $750k, a mastiff is about N118.2 million in Nigeria. That is a whole lot of money, one will say, in any currency.
But not to Chinese nouveau riche, who see possession of the dog as the ultimate status symbol.
Here A Tibetan mastiff dog is displayed for sale at a mastiff show in Baoding, Hebei province, south of Beijing on March 9, 2013.
Mastiffs have become a prized status-symbol amongst China’s wealthy, with rich buyers across the country sending prices skyrocketing, according to an AFP report.
Owners say the mastiffs, descendents of dogs used for hunting by nomadic tribes in central Asia and Tibet are fiercely loyal and protective. Breeders still travel to the Himalayan plateau to collect young puppies, although many are unable to adjust to the low altitudes and die during the journey.
Can you buy a mastiff as a dog lover? Will you buy?