Big dogs, small city – Tibetan mastiff puppies are displayed for sale at a mastiff show in Baoding, Hebei province, south of Beijing. Fetching prices around $US750,000, mastiffs have become a prized status-symbol among China's wealthy.
Big dogs in a small city – An owner in Hong Kong's New Territories keeps his Tibetan Mastiff - 'Tiger' - on a short leash around strangers. The breed is famous as a guard dog, but its ferocious loyalty to its owners can make it a problem in urban areas such as Hong Kong.
Big dogs in a small city – Tiger's owners say that while he is good with the family, he can be aggressive towards strangers. The dog once escaped the house and bit a neighbor who had to receive 20 stitches.
Big dogs in a small city – Since Tiger's incident with the neighor, he's kept in a home-built cage on the roof of the apartment. Taking no chances, the dog is also chained to the wall inside the cage so that it cannot charge the cage door when it is opened.
Big dogs in a small city – A feeder cleans the hair of a Tibetan Mastiff at Xining Purebred Tibetan Mastiff Breeding Base in Xining, Qinghai Province, China. The breed is in vogue in tropical Hong Kong even though it has been developed for temperatures the rarely rise above 10C.
Big dogs in a small city – A vendor stands with his Tibetan mastiff puppies displayed for sale at a mastiff show in Baoding, Hebei province, south of Beijing. Hong Kong has strict laws on the importation of dogs from mainland China, requiring four months quarantine.
Big dogs in a small city – A Chinese soldier poses a photo with a Tibetan Mastiff at a Tibetan Mastiff in Longfang, some 100 kilometers southeast of Beijing, China. While the breed is becoming popular in cities, it is regarded as a 'primitive' breed; closer in its gene stock to wolves than domestic canines.
Big dogs in a small city – Security guards try to put a Tibetan Mastiff into a cage at an illegal breed farm in Beijing, China. Regulations restricting the size of dogs people could keep in Chinese cities were introduced following an outbreak of rabies in 2006 in which more than 300 people died.