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. CECROPIA

    dogs lick there own butts, and drink out of toilets and ect.. , how toxic could it be, that lion dog looks so cool.

    June 24, 2013 at 7:58 am |
  2. Moon

    I just found out that Manila Zoo has a cute elephant named Mali, and she is the only elephant in the Philippines! She has lived there for almost all of her lives, for more than 30 years. The zoo should feel like her sweet and cozy home now. But then, I read some articles in PETAAsiaPacific.com, and I noticed that Mali is in fact sad and lonely! Look at her here: https://www.facebook.com/FreeMali. She is like a prisoner, who cannot spend her days with her friends, roam in vast territories, and have delicious adequate food! She even suffers from foot problems. Why does she deserve this? 🙁 Please Help Her!

    July 16, 2013 at 4:24 am |
  3. toothfairy

    A pampered pooch is a spoiled pooch. I can think of many who are animal right activists who are actually animal hoarders.If you use a dog to pull a sled, I guess that is abuse too?.. Whatever, there are many improper ways of keeping your pet and entertaining yourself by giving them a day at the salon,( like a human), is not the worst thing. People find something real to complain about, like maybe a matted uncared for dog that rips your trash apart but is your neighbor's dog. The dog who sports a special hair style is more likely to get lots of positive attention from onlookers who might otherwise not like your giant dog. That would be a positive thing. What is so bad about eating, sleeping, and having your hair done and getting tons of attention. Doesn't sound like a bad life for the dog.

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    August 15, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
  8. VAVeteran

    Yes, the tiger pup was pretty cool tho...

    August 18, 2013 at 8:58 am |
  9. VAVeteran

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