The Most Expensive Dog in the World
In China, Tibetan Mastiffs have become a status symbol for a growing class of new-money entrepreneurs.
This year, a Tibetan Mastiff puppy reportedly sold for almost $2 million in China, making it the priciest dog ever purchased.
Originally domesticated as sheepherding guard dogs in the Tibetan Plateau, these large, puffy-haired, and extremely uncooperative canines are prized by wealthy Chinese for their alleged ferociousness (one zoo even tried to pass a Tibetan Mastiff off as a lion, according to some reports). Over the past decade, Tibetan Mastiffs have become a status symbol for a growing class of new moneyed entrepreneurs. VICE China went to the the 2014 Yidu Tibetan Mastiff Fair in Tianjin to learn more.