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. SusanaFrix


    December 25, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  2. Furrylover

    It would be so funny if one day we could communicate with all animals be it in the home or zoos and so on and they turned around and said to all these organization like PETA why don't you just F.OFF and leave us alone we hate the wild we like being pampered ,we like being feed at regular times and not have to worry about starvation and drought and being killed by poachers or being killed by a predator ,if any body is cruel its you for wanting to put us in that position so (LEAVE US ALONE).

    January 22, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
  3. Tanya

    Oh my goodness! Those poor dogs look just like panda bears. Tanya Monique Glascoe

    January 29, 2012 at 11:15 pm |
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    February 3, 2012 at 10:03 am |
  5. Crosby


    February 7, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
  6. elisabeth

    quite true, but it looks like Chinese people have some trouble with the chow-chow and other pets as well. they either dye them, which by me is a total FAD, OR THEY SKIN THEM ALIVE FOR THEIR FUR... CRAZY WORLD WE LIVE IN ,IS IT NOT?>

    February 10, 2012 at 3:18 am |
  7. Belle

    As humans we have the CHOICE to decide whether we want to put piercings on us, or put tattoos on our bodies or shave or dye our hair, However ANIMALS (Dogs in this case) DO NOT have the ability to say yes or no, we do not know what the LONG TERM or SHORT TERM affects will be for an animal, so I think that this should STOP be outlawed, if they love their animals now, and are embracing them instead of eating them, then they should love them THE WAY THEY ARE, NOT try to make them look like a Tiger or a Panda or any other animal... Simply love the DOG for what it is a DOG, A PET, A COMPANION, & A FRIEND!!!

    February 24, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  8. beth

    for the people saying its inhumane allow me to shed some light on this situation.
    this article tells a story of the first panda dog and why he did it. read the whole thing please. the dye isn't people dye,
    this is what the dye really its just natural and pet safe
    or they use this
    i rest my case look up stuff before assuming that people are that stupid. if the owners care about thier pets they look stuff up before going on playing a guessing game and assuming human dye is safe. they look to see if they hae pet dye just like they now make eyeliner for men oh yes went thier.

    March 9, 2012 at 11:28 pm |
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  11. Katrina

    I see no harm in it, like food coloring or kool aid, or stuff specially made for animals, now if it were regular human hair dye id be worried, plus they how do you people know that they dont care how they look?? A lot of pets are like their owners. plus come on im sure you would be able to tell if your dog liked being blue, pink, or panda colored or not. so as long as its not harmful in anyway get over it people!!!!!

    March 16, 2012 at 12:00 am |
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    I can say that minkyu is so cool. Thanks for the helpful post.

    March 18, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  13. obvious


    Just get a real tiger?

    March 19, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  14. simon

    lol its just an animal u stupid peta libral loving idiots so if your against them doing that with SAFE dye are you against eating a burger (with out pink slim of course) because that animal was killed and made into food? OH NO animals dont have choices ...................come on the stupidity has to stop somewhere the animals who are getting painted im pretty sure wont die if there using safe paint dye and the dogs arnt alergic to it so who cares well i mean i dont care and for the person who said those who put a leash on a dog should be leashed for life? Come on thats just plain out stupd

    March 31, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  15. Luther51

    Could they turn Dick Cheney into a human being?

    March 31, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
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    And this explains the last and next election.

    March 31, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
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    Man, no respect for intellectual property rights, not even God's

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  22. Toria M

    Pet Laws around the world most certainly look strange to Americans and British citizens. Those of us from these two nations have the Founder of the Humane Society to thank for our concern and behavior toward animals.
    Laws in other country's are quite different and seem to run toward the extreme on both sides. In Germany, it's illegal to leave dogs home alone. They are never allowed off leash and must be under the supervision of a person at all times.
    In some country's yes, they are still on the menu. I recall seeing Animal dyes on e-bay just 3 years ago. We did see Multicolored dogs on a Animal Planet Dog beauty show about 3 years ago. Who ever though up dog dye isn't my idea of a good pet owner, nor would I ever dye my dogs. The very idea is another form of hiding behind reality. Dogs are all beautiful in their own fur.

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  24. Massoud Tehrani

    Do you think this is an improvement? They've been eating cats and dogs not knowing eating their dead has more respect, then bear farms, fox farms in Russia and so on.....what a horror. Something has gone badly wrong in evolution of man!

    April 14, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
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    You can dye your pet anyway you like if you are willing to let an outsider dye your aged mother or your toddlers hair.

    April 15, 2012 at 9:55 am |
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