Panda Dogs: Designer Puppy Craze Bearly Takes China by Storm

Thursday, 15 May 2014 10:29 AM

By Michael Mullins

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Panda dogs are taking China by storm. The latest designer puppy craze to sweep the People's Republic involves dying the hair of a Chow Chow to resemble the beloved bamboo-eating bear that has become a national symbol.

According to Chinese pet shop owner Hsin Ch'en, who came up with the unique-looking dog, the demand for the Panda dog is so great that he can't keep up.

"The cute breeds like French bulldogs and Labradors were the favorites, but now it is the panda dog," Ch'en told the Central European News.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

"I perfected the technique here and now it is spreading across the country," Ch'en added. "With a bit of careful grooming and coloring it is easy to turn a chow into a panda dog in about two hours. Then the look will stay with the dog for around six weeks and the owners bring them back for some touching up."

Ch'en claimed the technique is not harmful to the dogs.

"There are no chemicals or cruelty involved," Ch'en said. "But the price of the dog does rise significantly because of the amount of grooming that goes into it. People don't mind paying the extra though - they like the fact that heads turn in the street and they can tell their friends: 'I have a panda dog.'"

The Huffington Post notes that although Ch'en claims to be the inventor of the Panda dog, in recent years other dogs resembling pandas have been spotted at dog shows across China.

There is, however, some controversy around coloring a dog's coat in the animal community.

While "pet-safe" hair dyes for dogs do exist, dog trainer Cesar Millan's website warns against the practice, claiming "Hair dye and pets do not mix." The site argues that such dyes could potentially be harmful to dogs if consumed, such as would happen if the animal cleans itself. Also the chemicals used in some of the products could irritate an animal's skin despite having no effect on a person's scalp.

Urgent: Assess Your Heart Attack Risk in Minutes. Click Here.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Nick Mangold of Jets Dons NYPD Hat in Honor of 2 Slain Officers

Monday, 22 Dec 2014 12:05 PM

New York Jets center Nick Mangold wore a NYPD hat during Sunday's game against the New England Patriots in honor of New  . . .

Garth Brooks, Justin Timberlake Wow Crowd With Surprise Duo

Monday, 22 Dec 2014 11:28 AM

Country music superstar Garth Brooks joined pop sensation Justin Timberlake on stage at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena to . . .

Orangutan's Argentina Human Rights Case Settled in Her Favor

Monday, 22 Dec 2014 11:08 AM

An orangutan has been recognized by a court as a "non-human person" unlawfully deprived of its freedom by an Argentine z . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved