The New Trend that is Chinese Panda Dogs
written by: viviyai
A new wave that is not related to the latest fashion trends or mobile technology is fast sweeping across China. Actually, it is about the adorable and unique panda dog. It has become so popular making it difficult for pet stores to meet the high demand all over the country.
The Panda Dog
From its name and appearance, you may think that it is a new breed. Reports show that these feathery and lumbering companions belong to the Chow Chow breed. This is one of the native dog breeds in China, although it has been made to resemble the panda following a grooming and dying process.
The Bichon Frise is full of glamour and appears to be the native bear in danger of extinction in China. It is a two hour process while the color lasts for about 6 weeks, after which the pups should be returned to the shop for a touch up.
One of the pet store owners in Chengdu City; Hsin Ch’en revealed that the perception of the Chinese about having dogs as pets has extremely changed. In the past, the Chinese were known to prefer eating dogs than having them as a companion. However, currently the Western idea of adopting them as family members has been adopted.
In the recent past, most people preferred keeping the Tibetan Mastiffs as pets. They were followed by the Lab and the French bulldog. The latest trend among the Chinese middle class is the Panda dog.
Although the panda dog pups are more priced than the other breeds, people do not have a problem in buying them. It is because their owners love the attention they get as they walk their Chinese Panda dogs around the town. Being able to show off about the price of the dogs to their friends is also of great worth.
It is a controversial topic
There are no harmful chemicals or form of cruelty that is involved in changing the pooch to a panda. However, sufficient information about the process of grooming such as the exact dye used has not been provided by the owners of pet stores or other concerned individuals. However, Cesar Milan, who is a famous dog trainer in the world, claims that the use of dyes makes the whole process unsafe for the animal.
All dyes used on dog fur contain some amount of chemicals in them. The dye used on human hair is even more harmful. The chemical causes harm on human skin and is bound to have more rates of irritability and present long term danger to the dogs.
There are risks of the chemical getting into the mouth, nose and ear of the dog causing serious health effects. Food coloring is the safest way to do the grooming. The use of real food like beets and blueberries would be the most appropriate since they contain no chemicals. The food should be safe for dogs. Organic or artificial foods are also a proper alternative.
The Chinese pet store owners are using the food coloring option which lasts between 4 and 6 weeks to obtain the new panda look. It is appropriate that dog safety is considered first before their profitable sale.