Says the Daily Mail, “The Chinese are always quick to embrace bizarre trends, and it is not unusual for owners to take their dogs to grooming parlours where they are not only given a shampoo and trim, but a multi-coloured dye job as well.”
Well, I don’t know if it’s just “The Chinese” who’ve embraced this “bizarre trend” – it’s funny that they don’t remember their own article on this happening in the U.S. as well – but apparently a trend it is!
This particular tiger dog, actually a Golden Retriever in tiger dye, was exhibited in Zhengzhou City alongside four buddies made to look like pandas (we’ve reported on panda dogs before). Says Nanchang Evening News, many dogs are dyed to resemble the animals they may bear a resemblance to: Chow Chows tend to get the panda treatment, since they have round faces and burly bodies. Pomeranians will be made to look like squirrels since they’re small and cute. And a popular choice for poodles and huskies are… donkey?
A white Chow Chow’s dye job into a panda will normally cost around 300RMB and last for three months. If it’s not a naturally white dog though, dyes could cost up to 3000RMB. I don’t know… is this better or worse than buying Tibetan Mastiffs just for the heck of it?