Spa offers to dye dogs in China

There is a new craze sweeping China! Pet owners in Beijing are clipping and dyeing their dog's coats to make them look like other animals or fictional characters. A spa owner offers the service which ranges in price from $7 to $300 (US).
June 30, 2010 9:51:13 AM PDT
Having a bad hair day? Spare a thought for the unfortunate pets that are the subject of a new craze sweeping China.

Not content with fur clipping, dog massage and claw filing, pet owners in Beijing are clipping and dyeing their dog's coats to make them look like other animals and characters.

There's a turtle dog, a panda pooch and even one canine that looks like Spider-Man.

Half a dozen dyed dogs were on display recently at the Ruowen Pet Spa in downtown Beijing.

The spa caters to wealthy Chinese who are fuelling a booming pet craze in China.

The dogs seemed oblivious to their unique looks, but enjoy the attention of onlookers.

Sun Ruowen owns the spa. She's worked in the pet industry for 10 years, but only opened this business in May.

She says she's catering to dog owners dreams: they can't own a panda, but they can have a panda-like dog.

"People would think dogs are cute if they are dyed like this. After all, pandas and tigers are rare, so if dog owners have dogs like them, they would be very satisfied."

Sun charges anywhere from $7 (US) to dye one ear to $300 (US) for permanent dyeing and trimming of larger dogs.

Most dye jobs last six months before new fur grows back.

Critics say the new trend is inhumane as the dogs are sometimes forced to undergo hours of unnecessary dyeing.


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