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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    April 15, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
  2. Funny stuff

    they change the pets appearance, but every person in China looks like Moe from the Three Stooges.

    April 16, 2012 at 12:56 am |
  3. Ihatedschool

    Paint them before you eat them I guess.

    The same as putting hot sauce on a taco.

    April 16, 2012 at 3:18 am |
  4. Capricorn

    I am down with it......as long as they dont eat them.

    April 17, 2012 at 2:59 am |
  5. peng

    anyone who criticizing making up for pets, do u eat chicken in KFC, and do u eat pork, or any other...
    Just calm down, man, why u always mention about your so-called "democracy" ?
    I like Americans and like your culture as well, but you make almost everything we chinese did connected to "democracy",
    is that a little..?
    making up pets says we love animal, especially dogs, we always think dogs are human beings friends, I used to have a dog too, and I make up for her, seems she is very happy. making up comes with love, so she is happy.. U understand this? and, if we don't make up, or do not do anything,don't talk to him, and let it be the way he is, that says we love animal???

    April 18, 2012 at 3:58 am |
  6. Garf Fisher

    In one way, it looks cute and unique, but from the point of view from my four legged friend, I think it is kind of cruel. I don't know how toxic the dye is to the animal, but i am working on the assumption it hurts.

    April 18, 2012 at 6:15 am |
    • Wee Pee Daylee

      Test it on the chinaman!

      April 18, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
      • Garf Fisher

        If we were to test it on a Chinaman, does this qualify as a human trial?

        April 19, 2012 at 3:32 am |
  7. gordotaco

    barney frank would make a good panda

    April 18, 2012 at 9:04 am |
    • Wee Pee Daylee

      He'd be better as a donkey or an ass!

      April 18, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  8. PJ

    Finally! The Chinese come up with something creative on their own without steeling it from us.

    April 18, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
  9. Wee Pee Daylee

    Let the chinese paint their dogs – at least they stopped eating them? However, theres certainly enough of the chines to put THEM on the menu!

    April 18, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  10. William

    This is wrong on so many levels. Animals have no say in what "stupid" human do to them. Fads are pathetic. If you want to do something different, be creative with yourself instead. Enough!

    April 19, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
  11. Anonymous Person

    What is wrong with this world!

    April 20, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
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    OMG GUYZZ!!! so cruueeeel!!!! stupid damn chinese cause nothing butt truble.! they evn made sussi with real fish! they need 2 b stoped b4 they attack! whos with me mricans????? <3

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    INSANE EXPLOITATION OF ANIMALS! NOTHING LESS!

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    I don't care what it is. If it shlts on my lawn, it's DEAD!!!!!!!!!!! Hahahahahahaha

    April 25, 2012 at 10:32 am |
  16. Brooke

    If all you haters think that is exploitation and animal abuse then you are dumb. Exploitation is people having pets in the first place! They were once wild animals but that has been stripped away by integration and breeding. We've already gone as far as to keep a pet so why not paint them a pretty colour. Im sure they dont mind. We all love to be pampered. As long as the die is non-toxic then who cares. I wouldn't do it to my pet but, hey, to each their own. http://animals.howstuffworks.com/pets/how-to-dye-dog-hair.htm

    April 25, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
  17. Seamus

    Don't be fooled by this articles flippant dismissal of perhaps the Taiwanese not eating dog anymore, because in the town I lived in outside of Shanghai, my Chinese students were more than happy to not only tell me how delicious dog meat tastes but they also gave me a detailed list of the most tasty colors of dog, from Black (the most delicious), all the way down to White (apparently not very tasty because indeed they were everywhere in my city). It's still very popular and yep, it does taste a bit like frog's legs.

    April 25, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
  18. logan

    THIS, i why i don't consider China a threat, they're all living the lives of 4 year olds.

    April 25, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  19. realy

    sick

    April 26, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  20. Nutsflipped

    everyone here is concerned about the dogs getting dyed, i was thinking that they escaped getting eating. Chow chows are food in China.

    April 26, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
  21. L Y

    As a Taiwanese, I have to say this part in this article is NOT TRUE at all-
    "In Taiwan, for example, just 10 years ago, dogs were still eaten in public restaurants and raised on farms for that purpose."

    I am 33 year old and I never see any public restaurant selling dogs meat in Taiwan through out my life.

    Please stop making FALSE report. And please don't mix up Taiwan and China. Taiwan and China are two different country.

    April 27, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  22. CG

    Everyone on here is so annoying! shut up, Its not abuse!... these dogs look sooooooo adorable!!!!!! I WANT A BABY CHOW SO I CAN HAVE HIM PAINTED LIKE A FLUFFY PANDA TOO! =)

    April 27, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
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  26. common sense

    why the hate?

    the dogs seem happy. So why do you object ?

    this is art, and it looks cute.

    All you tree hugger and PETA people are annoying.

    April 28, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  27. Jessica

    Wolves. Wild animals turned to dogs. Dogs turned to lions. The circle of life. The Lion King. Mufassa. Chows. *snaps snaps*

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