No-Longer-Fashionable Tibetan Mastiffs More Useful For Hotpot

No-Longer-Fashionable Tibetan Mastiffs More Useful For Hotpot

As Tibetan Mastiffs are moving out of vogue, dogs that once sold for over $200,000 are being discarded by owners and breeders. Put off by high maintenance costs (it can cost up to $50 a day to feed one) and the dogs reputation of attacking strangers (due to their intense loyalty), many are opting to simply abandon the animals. One animal rights activist from Beijing said many of the dogs are picked up by dog vendors, who will transport them to Dongbei and sell them to slaughterhouses at $5 a piece to be used for fur and meat.

Source: Tencent

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  • Ktrang

    typical owners who couldnt careless about their dogs…disgusting.

  • Karze

    Its shame that Chinese are for only $$

  • DD Bear!

    the stupidest dogs !
    ugly and stupid!

    • mr.wiener

      Perhaps the stupidest choice of dog to have for someone with a small city apartment.

      In this case its virtues have become its vices, an intensly loyal dog that would not hesitate for an instant to lay down it’s own life in defence of its people. ..and so it has been thrown away to become fur coats and hot pot by its fickle owners.
      Mark Twain once said:”Man is the only animal that blushes…or has reason to”… This has since been disproved, but I can understand what he meant.

    • Ktrang

      its one of the smartest and most loyal dog you could find.

  • Chris Bullock

    I would pay $10 to save the mastiff..

    • guest

      You may be able to buy one for $10 bucks, but then you’ll have to shell out at least $50 a day to feed them!

      …and these dogs, do they even play nice with each other? With primate sanctuaries,, former pet monkeys could at least be housed together, and monkeys don’t eat much meat.

  • I’m surprised there’s no export market…

    • mr.wiener

      Big lovable brutes… I’d adopt one, but I’m sure my home would be wrecked.

    • China Uncensored

      There really should be. I’m sure there a plenty of people all over the world that would love to have one but the expense alone to have one exported would cost more than just buying a pup in one’s own country. Truly sad, shameful and barbaric behavior.

  • guest

    The future fate of 689 when he falls out of fashion with Beijing.

  • Jahar

    Awesome.

  • Amused

    Great dogs.
    They get a bad rap from owners who have no business raising a potted plant much less a dog. If you don’t raise a dog right, you can’t blame him when he tries to eat the neighbors.
    Well you can, but…

  • a regular dog costs more than 5 dollars
    fake news fk this country

    • Ktrang

      you dont know shit about how they raised those dogs over there. with special cares and breed to make it looks as fabulous as possible, cost over hundred thousands is normal. please be educated

      • no man im saying if regular dogs can cost over 5 dollars, why would they sell these dogs that “cost over hundred thousands” for only 5 dollars?

        • Ktrang

          guess when they pass age to sell or unable to sell due to demand drop. quick sell to anyone needs it is a last resort.

  • UserID01

    It’s a beautiful animal, and probably a great pet to have if you have 1) the space for such a large dog to be comfortable in its environment, 2) the finances to support the maintenance and care of such a large dog and 3) the dedication to provide a Tibetan Mastiff with a fulfilling and healthy life. To sum it up, if you’re unwilling, unable, and not ready to handle the responsibility of caring for such a large dog, don’t get one. A pet is another living thing to care for; it is not a fashion statement.

  • Vance

    Chihuahuas we a fad here for a time as people imitated useless but pretty celebrities who always showed up with one in a purse. Then the fad passed and the animal shelters are flooded with chihuahuas. The difference is we don’t eat or wear parts of them. Eating a dog would be almost like eating a person in America.

    • DD Bear!

      chihuahua is very annoying…always wanna kick them to the end of the road.
      bark a lot and very bad mood always.
      i like teddy bear a lot, they are very lovely and quiet, as a doll.

      • Maximus

        So weird that you say this…I thought it was just me that thought this….I agree 100%..Not just Chihuahua’s though, it seems like most small dogs bark as if they think they are soooo tough…It’s freaking annoying, because like you said..You know that you could kick them 100 meters into the air if you wanted to…Haha…I really always think that when they are acting tough…I like labradors & golden retrievers the most…

        • Mark Stanford

          You can cuddle with a grizzly, too!!

          • Mark Stanford

            Anybody who supports animal abuse *period* should have their Achilles tendons cut and be forced to crawl the Earth for eternity. I can see it now!! Tons of people on their bellies, begging for mercy, with blood everflowing from their immortalized wounds….forever.

          • Maximus

            You meant this comment to be for DD, not me! She won’t see it unless you reply her post(<genius speaking, hehe)..

        • Vance

          I had a 110 pound yellow lab once. He was scared to death of our 10 pound toy poodle.

          • Maximus

            Labs are so energetic on average, it’s the only reason I wouldn’t get one…As, I hibernate in the winter..No way I’m going for 2 hours walks in 2 feet of snow, haha. Hey Vance…Any updates on your love life, have you narrowed it down to a couple or ‘the one’..?

          • Vance

            But it was so fun to watch my yellow lab bounce through 2 feet of snow, although he would get lazy and doggy doo in the middle of my ski trail. Search is going good. It’s all theory until I can get there. Tell you what, if you are looking, put the word out in both China and Ukraine. The girls are different but in both places they will chase you if they like you. At least that has been my experience. Hell, I think if I was there, some of these girls would literally chase me down the street. So different from the west. They don’t wait for you to approach them.

          • Maximus

            You sound like quite the catch Sir Vancelot…*Rides your coattails*…Have a heart & toss some of the girls you reject my way. Also, keep an eye for girls whose profile states they like weird guys with big noses, I might just sign up for someone like that..Hehe. I actually checked out the website you linked before, it is truly expensive! I’m going to be working in HK soon yet I don’t think the dating scene is all that great, plus..I’m not going to be there forever..-_- Anyways…Thanks for the advice

      • Mark Stanford

        I want you to cuddle with a grizzly.

      • Vance

        Yes. Sometimes we call them “ankle biters” because they bark that reailly high bark and bite the only part of you they can reach. You and me: we’ll go hiking in the mountains and see some real bears. They look cute and cuddly also!

  • crimsonarmor

    what crap is this? short stories now?

    • Alex Dương

      Shorter stories will be part of the new chinaSMACK moving forward. Translations of what’s popular and trending and the associated comments will still appear, but not as frequently as before.

  • Karze

    These dogs are loved by Tibetans especially Nomads. They guard home and sheep against wolf and other predators.

    It nearly went extinct during Mao’s maniac rule. Looks like now ordinary Chinese are stuffing in their belly with Tibetan Mastiff (Dok Khi).

  • James

    wow that’s a lot of meat on one dog, could feed a family of 3 for a week. It’s probably delicious, yum!

  • UserID01

    The assumption of this article is that:

    – Pet becomes fashionable to own.
    – Pet becomes less fashionable to own.
    – Pet becomes food ingredient.

    Boy, that escalated quickly. Not sure I believe it.

    • mr.wiener

      This is China, last season’s must have pet is this season’s hot pot.
      Not necessarily the same people who owned the dogs eating them, perhaps more a case of one man’s trash is another’s treasure.

      • UserID01

        If there’s a plus in all of this, I suppose that it’s…. such a large animal can provide a lot of meat?

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