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He belongs to the last pedigrees of its kind, and comes from the remote mountain valleys of the Himalayas and he costs as much as a single family house or a good car: The Tibetan Mastiff with the incredible creative name "Yangzi No. 2".

Now, the noble animal was sold - for 400,000 euros (~4 Million RMB) to a chinese (female) millionaire from Xi'an who is just known as "Miss Wang". (See Photo)

"Yangzi No. 2" does not know it, but since last Wednesday (9.9.2009) the Tibetan Mastiff (also called Tibetian Dogge) is probably the most expensive dog in the world:

As reported by the british "Telegraph", she already has a Tibetan Mastiff but she  was looking desperately for a dream partner for her darling. During the intensive search for a candidate Miss Wang had traveled for a long time through the remote mountain valleys between Tibet and the Chinese province Qinghai.

Finally she found one in the region Yushu, and that is a place that is famous for its Tibetan Mastiff breeding. In Xi'an, the 18 months old "Yangzi No. 2" was received like a movie star: An own committee of local dog lovers waited with a big blood-red banner at the airport to welcome Miss Wang and "Yangzi No. 2". Then the party went with a long convoy consisting of 30 big luxurious black Mercedes "Sedans" through the old imperial city of Xi'an.

Among chinese new-rich it is considered "chic" to have a Dogge/Mastiff from Tibet/Himalayas. Therefore astronomical sums are paid for rare exemplars like "Yangzi No. 2", who belongs to the last ~100 pedigrees of its kind.

Reactions among i.e. breeders of tibetian dog races in Germany show overall disapproval about the price.

"This price is extortionate" said a dog breeder from Lower Saxony (Germany), Katja Rauhut.
That tibetian dog race cost in Germany 950 to 1000 EUROS (~9400-10.000 RMB).

Milionaire Miss Wang sees that completely differently: "Gold has its price, this tibetan mastiff not".....


The Tibetan Mastiff also known as Tsang Khyi (large mastiff variety) and Do-khyi (generic for the mountain type) meaning 'tied dog', reflects its use as a home guard, much as the old English ban-dog (also meaning tied dog) was a dog tied outside the home as a guardian. 'Bhote Kukur' in Nepali means Tibetan Dog. In Mandarin Chinese, the name is 藏獒 (Zang'Ao), which literally means Tibetan Mastiff or Tibetan big ferocious dog. In Mongolia it is called "bankhar", meaning "guard dog". The molosser type with which the modern Tibetan Mastiff breed is linked was known across the ancient world by many names. link title Tibetan Mastiff

More info about the tibetan mastiff on Wikipedia

Our valuable Editor ND has been with us since Monday, 15 June 2009.

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