Drooping eyes barely visible behind a mountain of glossy black fur, an enormous dog snoozes on stage in an industrial Chinese city. Its asking price: close to a million US dollars.
A Tibetan mastiff dog is displayed for sale at a mastiff show in Baoding, Hebei province, south of Beijing on March 9, 2013. Tibetan Mastiffs have become a prized status-symbol among China's wealthy, with rich buyers across the country sending prices skyrocketing.
"This is the greatest dog in China," breeder Yao Yi said, as he stroked a year-old Tibetan Mastiff, up for sale on Saturday for five million Chinese yuan ($800,000), at a dog show in Baoding, a few hours drive from Beijing.
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