China's latest craze: dyeing pets to look like other wild animals
A dog is painted as a baby giant panda during the launch of a new pet park at Dahe Mincui Park on June 5, 2010 in Zhengzhou, Henan Province of China.
June 22nd, 2011
01:51 PM ET

China's latest craze: dyeing pets to look like other wild animals

By Emily Lodish, Global Post

They only look like baby pandas.

These little bundles of joy are actually chow chow dogs that have been dyed black-and-white to look like pandas.

Dyeing pets has been a trend in pet pampering for quite some time. At last summer's Pets Show Taipei, there was a fierce dog-dyeing competition. Check out photos.

But dyeing your pets to look like other wild animals is a more recent development.

The trend demonstrates how quickly and dramatically attitudes toward pets — particularly dogs — have changed in many parts of Asia.

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In Taiwan, for example, just 10 years ago, dogs were still eaten in public restaurants and raised on farms for that purpose. Traditional Chinese medicine held that so-called "fragrant meat" from dogs could fortify one's health.

Now, eating dog is viewed by many as an embarrassing reminder of a poorer time.

With more money to spend, newly wealthy Chinese have embraced dog-owning culture with a vengeance. Dogs are brought into restaurants, fussed over in public, dressed up in ridiculous outfits and dyed to look like ferocious tigers.

Panda or chow chow? Tiger or retriever? You be the judge:

People take the dogs which were painted as baby giant pandas and tigers out during the launch of a new pet park at Dahe Mincui Park on June 5, 2010 in Zhengzhou, Henan Province of China.
A dog is painted as a baby giant panda during the launch of a new pet park at Dahe Mincui Park on June 5, 2010.

People take the dogs which were painted as baby giant pandas and tigers out during the launch of a new pet park at Dahe Mincui Park on June 5, 2010 in Zhengzhou, Henan Province of China.

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  1. The Question

    Chow Chows already look like bears/lions, why dye them? There perfect the way they are.

    December 3, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  2. gene ween

    when i ate deners's chinese dog the dye upset my stomach. i had the runs the next morning.

    December 4, 2011 at 2:43 am |
  3. HA!

    Cool! I'm gonna have my ferocious weiner dog painted up to look like a tiger! That oughta scare the robbers away!

    December 4, 2011 at 7:35 am |
  4. Gloria Hovde

    you idiots.

    December 4, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  5. Brenna

    I won't go to the extreme to say that this is animal abuse, but this is surely excessive. The fact that these people think their dogs will look cuter if they are colored and literally resemble another animal is sad. Even if the dog's don't realize how ridiculous they look, I still think it is unfair to drastically modify their appearance via use of harsh chemicals. Don't have a dog (or insert any other animal) if you can't appreciate it's own natural beauty.

    December 4, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  6. Gloria Hovde

    And I am asking my American representatives to suspend relations with China until they get rid of this barbaric practice.

    December 4, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  7. Eagle

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    December 4, 2011 at 8:20 pm |
  8. Newfamilyguy

    Shows over, Let's eat!

    December 4, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
  9. jimbo

    I wanna buy that tiger dog. It looks pretty cool.

    December 5, 2011 at 12:09 am |
  10. sweet pea

    Asshats.
    Every last one of you trying to make a point on this comment thread.
    All asshats.
    Of course, now that I have commented, I too am an asshat.
    Luckily for me, the first step in my recovery is recognizing I have a problem.
    I am an asshat, and today is the day that I stop commenting like an asshat in everybody's asshat opinions.

    December 5, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
    • sweet pea

      Uh, tomorrow.
      Tomorrow is the day I stop being an asshat.

      December 5, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
    • JEFF K.

      I WILL KICK YOUR ASSHAT

      December 6, 2011 at 5:16 am |
  11. Mikhail Tuknov

    This is awesome 🙂

    December 5, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  12. Mimi Klemp

    No Register, No Vote. Period.buy diablo 3 gold

    December 7, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
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