by Elizah Leigh
Categories: Animals, Film/TV, Video
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Valued as much for their fierce loyalty as for their ancient Himalayan bloodlines, Tibetan Mastiffs — which can tip the scales by as much as 180 pounds – are often thought to bestow their owners with health and security (at least in China).

These stunning animals were recently profiled on The Today Show, and while a purebred Tibetan Mastiff is generally available for $800 – $3500 in America, affluent Chinese society is so enamored with the droopy-eyed giants that they are willing to pay more than half a million dollars for one of these living, breathing status symbols.

What’s even more interesting is Meredith Vieira’s response to Matt Lauer when asked how much she would willingly pony up for one of the chichi pups.

While the clip below cuts off the actual post-report banter, PETA says that despite the veteran anchor acknowledging how “gorgeous” the dogs are, she said that she prefers getting her canine companions from an animal shelter.

All those in favor of adopting a fantastic rescued dog instead of spending tons of cash on an unfortunate purebred factory one, say aye!! AYE!