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08/06/2007 03:21 AM ID: 64036 Permalink   

Rare Donkey-Sized Dog Breed Selling for $594,000 per Animal


China: Wealthy Chinese citizens are paying up to $594,000 to acquire Tibetan mastiffs. There are reportedly only 100 purebreds left of the breed that Marco Polo described as being "as tall as a donkey and with a voice like a lion".

The creatures have a bite to match their bark and are noted as ferocious, faithful, and fearless guard dogs. They were domesticated thousands of years ago by nomads as a guard dog for their tents while they tended to their flocks.

The breed is thought to be the biggest and the oldest breed of domestic dog. The animals have gained popularity as both an effective guard dog and a status symbol.

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  Methinks Marco didn't get a close-up view  
Nice looking dogs, but hardly the size of a donkey.
  by: Mister crank     08/06/2007 06:55 AM     
  $594,000? Is that the food bill?  
look at the size of that thing
  by: redstain   08/06/2007 08:52 AM     
have to agree; that's a big dog, but a donkey is a heck of a lot bigger than that. :>
  by: velger   08/06/2007 12:59 PM     
  It's a big dog  
but by no means "donkey sized". It doesn't look much different to a Saint Bernard size-wise, they tend to weigh about 150lb when fully grown.

  by: TabbyCool     08/06/2007 02:38 PM     
  so i heard  
These things were used by Kang in his conquest that reached europe. They're stronger than 3-4 wolves combined and a few of them together can kill a bear, or so I heard.
  by: silentrage   08/06/2007 05:06 PM     
I thought the Basenji was the oldest breed.
  by: caution2     08/06/2007 11:48 PM     
  Tibetan mastiff  
Tibetan mastiff's can get well over 200 pounds in weight, some nearly 250 pounds.
  by: havoc666     08/07/2007 12:04 AM     
  I've had 3 St Bernard's...  
And I can tell you that they're roughly the same size as these things, looking at the pictures provided.

St Bernard's are, as far as I'm aware, the heaviest breed of dogs around. And they drool a lot too.
  by: daniel2508     08/07/2007 04:11 AM     
  I found a lot of links  
for this breed, None of them were donkey-sized.
  by: Lurker     08/07/2007 04:50 AM     
to have to pick up the poops of a dog that size.
  by: captainJane     08/08/2007 02:35 PM     
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