Tibetan Mastiffs are status symbols among China’s wealthy elite, akin to a Berkin bag or a pair of Manolo Blahnik pumps. An ancient Chinese breed that can weigh nearly 300 pounds, the dogs are believed by some to be sacred, containing the souls of Tibetan monks and nuns who weren’t good enough to be reincarnated as humans. Purchased by a Chinese millionaire identified only as “Ms. Wang” in 2009, the all-black Mastiff dubbed "Yangtze River Number Two" arrived at his new home in Xian in Shaanxi Province to a welcome befitting a head of state. A motorcade of 30 luxury cars accompanied the dog from the airport to Ms. Wang’s house.
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