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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    dyeing is a dying art !

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    This kinda looks crazy, why not just animals be what they really are.Damske hodinky should not turn into sperky hodinky.

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    dear idiots who think that dyes aren't harmful:

    you are idiots.

    having said that, i have no issue with using food coloring or other more benign dyes on pets. people do that a lot here for halloween parades. however, i just watched the actual CNN report about this because it was shown to my students a few days ago, and they DO use bleach and then regular human dye. not all of them but a lot of them. i actually watched them bleach a terrier's hair around the eyes and face as they held it down, then shampoo'd it, then applied heaping amounts of green dye because they wanted it to look like a turtle. A TURTLE. then getting an freaking turtle!

    here's another issue: according to vets in china, people have taken regular black and white kittens and dyed them to look like seal point siamese so they can fetch a higher price at the market. many die from the harsh chemicals alone, others have serious skin issues afterwards (yeah, really safe dye their using, folks). the ones that do survive eventually get thrown out because the owners see later that they aren't actual siamese cats. seriously, eff these guys.

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    they dont say what kind of dye is used for all you know it could be a vegtabul dye which people in other countrys use like in America and im not saying all of you but to some of the people who are saying how cruel it is do you look at every single product you use ? ie. shampoo, conditoners and make up if you do not cheak the bottels you uses there is a chance you are useing products that are tested on animals and you are just being as sick and crule as these people (if it is bad dye) so some of you need to look at what your doing befor getting on others cases and another thing the animal that are being dyed aree getting lots of attention and good treatmet and would be very healthy i would much rather be like the dyed animals then the animals (dogs) that are eatin and befor eatin are in tightly back cages sceard and ill and struggling to breath and getting ripped apart by other animals in the cage or the dogs who are in the same cruel conditions who are skinned alive and yes fully awear of whats happering the just cut in to and there skin just ripped stright off and then when there still alive just chucked in to a big bin with the rest of the dieing animal.
    so to be quite honest if i was in china i would much rather be pamperd and then dyed the getting skinned or eaten then die

    February 24, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
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    Does anyone actually think the dogs mind?

    If I was a dog in China I'd be more concerned about being someones lunch than having my hair dyed to look like another wild animal.

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    lol I know how weird this might be, and yes, I,m aware of animal rights and blah blah blah but us as humans seem to love tampering with things and I actually have no problem with making a dog look like a panda. I find it kinda cute.

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