Wednesday, 12 October 2011

The dog that's just dyeing to be a tiger: How Chinese owners turn their pets into exotic wildlife in new craze

Bizarre: A pet retriever in China has been dyed 
by its owner to resemble a tiger

If this strange creature growled at you, you wouldn't know whether to run from his sharp claws or pat him on the head and give him a biscuit. 

From a distance, its striped orange and black coat makes it look like a particularly odd tiger. 

But it's actually a retriever, the victim of the latest craze among some dog owners in China to dye their pets to look like other animals. 

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. 
Doggy dye job: These small furry dogs look the spitting image of baby panda cubs

Today the retriever was joined by three furry friends whose dye jobs were much more convincing.

The tiny, fluffy dogs were the spitting image of baby giant pandas thanks to their makeovers.

The animals were pictured after being transferred to Zhenghou from Southwest China's Sichuan province at the weekend.

Transformation: The dog appears unfazed by its new coat

Recent figures show money spent on pets across the nation has seen nearly a 500 per cent increase between 1999 and 2008 - but, arguably, at the cost of their pets' dignity.
Quite what the animals might think about it is another matter. 

On parade: The dogs were put on show after being transferred to Zhenghou from Southwest China's Sichuan province

Confused: While some of the dogs didn't appear to be enjoying themselves, they were a hit with locals

Article by  Mail Foreign Service for the Mail online
All images: Copyrighted by the China Foto Press/Barcroft Medi

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