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Dogs have been a symbol of wealth in China, since its economic developed took off seriously in the 1990s. But just a dog is not enough anymore, the rich of today need a Tibetan mastiff says Rupert Hoogewerf, next to houses and cars of course to AP.

“You could call it a local luxury brand,” said Rupert Hoogewerf, publisher of the Hurun rich list who who compiles a popular annual list of China’s richest people. “Luxury brands are growing at phenomenal rates in China and owning a Tibetan mastiff is another channel for increasing your credibility and showing off your rich status.”

More dog news from China here.

Rupert Hoogewerf is a speaker at the China Speakers Bureau. When you need him at your conference to talk about the rich and wealthy in China, do get in touch.

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