The price tag on the black-and-tan pup (described as golden-haired elsewhere) was 12 million yuan ($1.9 million), while the red mastiff sold for 6 million yuan ($967,620, roughly) — so $2.8 million for two pups. And that was after some bargaining, as the owner originally wanted 18 million yuan for the black-and-tan dog, the report said.
The mastiff is considered a primitive breed, with legend saying both Genghis Khan and Buddha owned one. Wikipedia points out that the dog is not really a mastiff at all, but was misnamed by early Western visitors to Tibet, as the term means something like big, powerful dog. Big indeed, as males can reportedly reach 33 inches and 275 pounds. And clearly, breeding a dog like this can reap profits.