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Meet the puppy sold for $2 million

This picture taken on March 18, 2014 shows an unidentified man posing for a photo with two Tibetan mastiffs after they were sold at a "luxury pet" fair in Hangzhou, in eastern China's Zhejiang province. One of the Tibetan mastiff puppies (L) was sold in China for almost $2 million USD. Stringer/AFP/Getty Images. Stringer/AFP/Getty Images

TORONTO –  A Tibetan mastiff puppy that sold in China for nearly $2 million could be the world’s most expensive dog.

The year-old golden-haired mastiff was sold for 12 million Yuan ($1.9 million U.S.) at a luxury pet fair Tuesday, according to Agence France-Presse, citing Qianjiang Evening News.

“They have lion’s blood and are top-of-the-range mastiff studs,” the dog’s breeder, Zhang Gengyun said.

The buyer is a 56-year-old property developer who plans to breed the animal himself, the news agency reported.

Tibetan mastiffs are naturally a protective and territorial dog.

According to the American Kennel Club, earliest written accounts place the mastiff around 1100 BC, where the breed remained isolated in the Himalayan mountains.

Primarily a family dog, the breed was often kept confined during the day and let loose at night to act as a guardian.

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