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Hot dog

Hot dog

Man’s best friend just got more expensive. A dog named ‘Big Splash’ (pictured above) has just been bought by a coal baron from Shanxi province for the record sum of Rmb10 million ($1.5 million), according to Google News. The price fetched for the Tibetan Mastiff (pictured right) exceeds the $586,000 a female entrepreneur from Shaanxi paid in late 2009 for her own Mastiff. In case you’re wondering, the breed has become a highly-prized status symbol for China’s new rich. Then again, the owner of the Tibetan Mastiff Garden pet shop – which sold the 11 month-old dog – told the Daily Telegraph that Big Splash was “a perfect specimen”. In fact its master may even be able to “recoup his investment” by hiring him out to breeders at Rmb100,000 a time, he said.

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