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$2 million dog: 200-lb. status symbol dog worth $2 million in China

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A $2 million dog sounds like a stretch when it comes to spending money on any breed of canine. That kind of money is more common in the world or race horses, but dogs? In China, a Tibetan mastiff puppy just sold for millions of dollars. According to New York Daily News March 19, this type of dog is believed to have "lions blood" in them and are known for their loyal and protective instincts.

Tibetan mastiffs are a Central Asia and Tibetan breed and weigh over 100 pounds. The $2 million dog making news is 200 pounds and measures 31 inches tall. He has golden-colored hair.

The animal was purchased by a property developer in Qingdao. Tibetan mastiffs are considered elite status symbols among China's wealthiest people. The $2 million dog's breeder, Zhang Gengyun, describes pure Tibetan mastiffs as rare as the nation's "treasured pandas" and that's why they cost so much.

Another Tibetan mastiff named "Big Splash" was sold for $1.5 million in 2011, which was the last record-breaking expensive dog.

According to the report, an industry expert maintains that the exorbitant prices are about breeders "hyping each other up," even when money doesn't "change hands."

Purebred dogs are notoriously expensive, but a $2 million dog is virtually unheard of. That's a lot of money to spend on a dog even for an ultra-wealthy individual.

Copyright © 2014 Heather Tooley

Heather focuses on trending news and entertainment headlines. To read more from this writer, her Twitter page is @HotTopicWriter or hit "Subscribe."

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