A Tibetan mastiff puppy was sold in a Zhejiang dog show today for 12 million yuan, potentially the most expensive dog sale of all time. 12 million yuan. About US$2 million. About 340 times the average Chinese income per capita. About way too much for a dog.
The puppy has been called a “luxury pet,” and the dog’s breeder claims that it has “lion’s blood.” Tibetan mastiffs are status symbols for people with crap loads of money but no urge to be productive with it and, as Agence France-Presse reports, the whole thing is probably a scam anyways:
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.
If you’re spending 12 million freaking yuan on a dog, there’s a distinct chance that the seller is getting a pretty good deal. Just be sure not to twiddle with it too much after purchasing, like that unfortunate bastard who killed his Tibetan mastiff by sending it in to get plastic surgery to fix its “flabby” head.