China's Latest Must Have Pet - Dolan Sheep!

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A sheep is a sheep is a sheep right? Apparently not, if you happen to be part of the rare Dolan breed. With only 1,000 of them known to exist in the world, they have become a coveted pet amongst China's wealthiest who are ready to pay hefty sums to get their hands on one.

In case you are wondering, the sheep are not covered in gold fur - They are simply unique looking creatures with regal curved noses, long floppy years and twin tails. The animals, which are bred in Kashi, China were once very popular for food because they are large and mature quickly. However, over the years they were slowly replaced by normal sheep, leaving very few of them around.

But, this recent craze may change things - That's because sheep breeders in Kashi are now selling their entire herds to purchase one breeding Dolan sheep - Those who cannot afford to buy them individually, are pooling their money and forming consortiums. So far, they have not been disappointed. One breeder who made the switch and bought two Dolan sheep for 25,000 Yuan ($3,900 USD) in 2009, said he recently got an offer to sell them for ten times his original investment.

As happens in the selection of any pet, the price depends on how good the animal looks - Dolan sheep with darker fleece, big floppy years and nicely curved faces are worth a lot more than 'ordinary' lookers.

While all of them seem to sell for ridiculous prices, the most coveted one is a six-year old Dolan owned by Kashi resident, Majid Abdul Reyim. The breeder claims that he has received over 14 offers, some exceeding 14 million Yuan (about $2.2MM USD), for this distinguished animal, but has not succumbed to any yet. Mr. Reyim, who feeds his 19 Dolans a special diet of grass, dates and walnuts, believes that the six-year old is a high pedigree speciman, one that is capable of producing really distinguished offspring - Therefore, too precious to sell.

This is not the first animal that the wealthy Chinese have taken a fancy to - In 2009, a rich couple broke the world record for owning the most expensive dog, after paying $500,000 USD for a really pure breed Tibetan Mastiff dubbed Yangtze River Number Two (They already owned Number One!). Pretty amazing!

Resource: Telegraph.co.uk

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209 Comments
  • PinkMonday, September 28, 2015 at 5:50 pm
    Why would you buy a sheep for such a ridiculous amount?? Ugh, super unsmart trends.
    • snugybugy
      snugybugyWednesday, September 16, 2015 at 7:55 am
      that dog is adorable i want to throw my arms around his neck!!
      • eggsta
        eggstaThursday, July 2, 2015 at 12:57 am
        Are my eyes deceiving me?
        • dimondcoolkidSunday, March 1, 2015 at 11:59 am
          the dog is cut but the sheep are in patterns but sordof cute!
          • nikukyu
            nikukyuWednesday, November 19, 2014 at 2:36 am
            Awwwww cute!
            • poshgirlFriday, July 25, 2014 at 10:23 pm
              That dog is so cute
              • ILuvCuteMinionzMonday, May 12, 2014 at 4:33 pm
                I'm allergic to adorable ness! Awwww! R.I.P
                • StormyTuesday, May 6, 2014 at 9:25 am
                  Sheep are my favorite animal and I want a sheep because, it's my favorite animal and they are really fluffy so sometimes and the noises they make are so cute!!!! I want a sheep so bad o.o
                  • taylor55
                    taylor55Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 6:05 pm
                    same but i like dogs a little more
                  • zuza
                    zuzaSunday, March 9, 2014 at 5:30 am
                    Aw cute!
                    • arielMonday, February 3, 2014 at 11:46 am
                      omg SOOOOO CUTE -going to die of cuteness-