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Vendors stand on a stage with their Tibetan mastiff dogs displayed... News PhotoAnimal,Baoding,Beijing,Dog,For Sale,Hebei Province,Horizontal,Human Interest,Mastiff,Performance,Showing,Stage - Performance Space,Tibetan Culture,VendorPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPVendors stand on a stage with their Tibetan mastiff dogs displayed for sale at a mastiff show in Baoding, Hebei province, south of Beijing on March 9, 2013. Fetching prices around 750,000 USD, mastiffs have become a prized status-symbol amongst China's wealthy, with rich buyers across the country sending prices skyrocketing. Owners say the mastiffs, descendents of dogs used for hunting by nomadic tribes in central Asia and Tibet are fiercely loyal and protective. Breeders still travel to the Himalayan plateau to collect young puppies, although many are unable to adjust to the low altitudes and die during the journey. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)