We spent Christmas in Park City with my parents and their dogs Brinkley and Enzo. I couldn’t get over how mesmerized they were by fire and falling snow.
We got about four feet of snow in the first few days we were there so the snow was amazing for skiing.
But because this is Hong Kong Housewife, I feel like I must bring China into the picture: a Tibetan Mastiff recently sold there for $2 million US. Yes, seriously. Weighing it at as much as 270 pound and 32 inches high, these are dogs that don’t just look at the snow…
The $2 million puppy was less than a year old and was purchased by a buyer in Dalian. The puppy was rated a ‘best-quality’ purebred. The Tibetan Mastiff is quite ferocious and has historically been used to guard herds, flocks, monasteries, and palaces.
Last month, another black Mastiff made headlines when it was bought for a small fortune and its Chinese-owner literally rolled out a red carpet for its arrival. The dog was then taken home in a big convoy of luxury cars.
As the Chinese get wealthier and wealthier, dogs are more and more becoming a status symbol. In typical fashion, the government is already responding to the influx of dogs with a series of rules and regulations including the ‘One Dog’ policy which mandates one dog per family in the city of Shanghai. They have also legislated the maximum height and weight of the dog allowed based on apartment size.
Given how crazy my parents little Westies can be, I’m quite thankful that they don’t weigh ten times as much!