Rare, enormous, fiercely loyal & often ferocious, Tibetan Mastiffs look like lions & have reached sky-high prices in China.
A lion-like Tibetan Mastiff at a dog show in China (Source: AFP)
Dog 'sold for $2 million' in China
AFP News agency
A Tibetan mastiff puppy has been sold in China for almost $2 million, a report said Wednesday, in what could be the most expensive dog sale ever.
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.
The golden-haired animal was 80 centimetres (31 inches) tall, and weighed 90 kilograms (nearly 200 pounds), Zhang said, adding that he was sad to sell the animals. Neither was named in the report.
"Pure Tibetan mastiffs are very rare, just like our nationally treasured pandas, so the prices are so high," he said.
One red mastiff named "Big Splash" reportedly sold for 10 million yuan ($1.5 million) in 2011, in the most expensive dog sale then recorded.
The buyer at the Zhejiang expo was said to be a 56-year-old property developer from Qingdao who hopes to breed dogs himself, according to the report.
The newspaper quoted the owner of a mastiff breeding website as saying that last year one animal sold for 27 million yuan at a fair in Beijing.
But an industry insider surnamed Xu told the paper that the high prices may be the result of insider agreements among breeders to boost their dogs' worth.
"A lot of the sky-high priced deals are just breeders hyping each other up, and no money actually changes hands," Xu said.
Owners say the mastiffs, descendants of dogs used for hunting by nomadic tribes in central Asia and Tibet, are fiercely loyal and protective.
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actually: used for stressing what is really true or what really happened - ตามความเป็นจริง
boost: to increase - เพิ่ม
breed (past form: bred): to keep animals or plants in order to produce young ones in a controlled way - ผสมพันธุ์
breeder: a person who breeds animals to sell -
breeding: the producing of young animals, plants, etc - การผสมพันธุ์สัตว์เพื่อขยายพันธุ์
deal: a formal agreement, especially in business or politics - ข้อตกลง, การตกลงซื้อขาย, การซื้อขาย
descendant: a relative of a person who lived in the past - ทายาท, ผู้สืบสายเลือด
developer: real estate developer, a person or company that builds new "real estate developments" including buildings, houses, shopping centers, etc -
enormous: extremely large - มหาศาล
fair: a public event to show people about something or to entertain people - งาน
fiercely: very strongly - อย่างรุนแรง, อย่างดุเดือด
hunt: to look for somebody in order to catch them or harm them; to chase wild animals or birds in order to catch or kill them for food, sport or to make money - ตามหา, ล่า
hype: to advertise or talk about something a lot and exaggerate in order to get a lot of public attention - ทำให้ตื่นเต้น, โฆษณาชวนเชื่อ
insider: a person with special information because they work in an organization or company or know people -
lend a passing resemblance: make them look like ..... -
loyal: firm and not changing in your friendship with or support for a person or an organization, or in your belief in your principles - ซื่อสัตย์
luxury: the best and most expensive of something - ที่หรูหรา
money changes hands: meaning something was sold to another for money -
nomadic: moving around from place to place without a permanent home - ซึ่งเร่ร่อนไปในที่ต่างๆ
prized: very valuable to somebody - มีค่า
property: a building or buildings and the surrounding land - อสังหาริมทรัพย์
protective: providing or intended to provide protection - ซึ่งปกป้อง
province: on of many divisions of the government of a country into smaller parts - จังหวัด
pure: having nothing in something to spoil its quality or effect - บริสุทธิ์
quote: to repeat the words that someone else has said or written - ยกคำพูดมา
rare: not happening very often - หาได้ยาก
record: a written account of something that is kept so that it can be looked at and used in the future - บันทึก, รายงาน
resemblance: the fact of being or looking similar to somebody/something -
sky-high price: a very high price -
skyrocket: to increase very quickly - ลอยขึ้นสูงอย่างฉับพลัน
splash: to hit something noisily with a liquid - กระเด็นเปื้อน, สาดกระเด็น
status: social position - สถานะทางสังคม
symbol: someone or something that represents a particular idea or quality - สัญลักษณ์
treasure: something very valuable - ของมีค่า
tribe: a group of people of the same race, and with the same customs, language, religion, etc, living in a particular area and often led by a chief - เผ่า, เผ่าพันธุ์
wealthy: having a large amount of money, land, and other valuable things - ที่มั่งคั่ง ร่ำรวย
worth: having a value in money, etc - มีค่า, มีมูลค่า
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