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China's latest craze: dyeing pets to look like other wild animals

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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.

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:

dog-tiger-small.jpg 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. dog-panda-small-2.jpg?w=480&h=320 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.

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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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Gotta admit, it looks cool, it would be halarious to see people freak out on the streets.

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Sweet ill be sure to dye my dog like a wild animal when i get one XD :P

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Seriously though, I don't care for it.

Dogs shed, so their owners are going to have to be redyeing on the regular and seeing these dogs with dye administered so closely to the eyes upsets me.

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As bad as an idea it is, the Panda dogs don't look too bad, but the Tiger dog just looks plain stupid.

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Both of my dogs go invisable at dark due to their coloring. I'm thinking glow in the dark. Should I warn the wife or let her find out herself.

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Now if they could just make sharks look like dogs, whales look like pandas and dolphins look like squirrels...

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Both of my dogs go invisable at dark due to their coloring. I'm thinking glow in the dark. Should I warn the wife or let her find out herself.

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It really is unfair that the majority of people with unlimited disposable incomes have no idea what to do with them.

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LOL. hope it doesn't bother the animals, but that's pretty freaking cool.

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Bugger, that's awesome....

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