The big craze happening in China right now is the “panda dog.” No, these are not a mix of a panda and a dog, but are actually a breed of dogs called chow chow that are groomed to look like pandas.
Hsin Ch’en, a pet store owner in China, is struggling with the high demand for the dogs.
Ten years ago the natural instinct of a Chinese person was to eat a dog, now we are like Westerners and want one as a companion. The cute breeds like French bulldogs and Labradors were the favorites, but now it is the panda dog.
Ch’en explains how he takes the chow chows and turns them into panda lookalikes:
With a bit of careful grooming and coloring it is easy to turn a chow into a panda dog in about two hours.
He says the panda look will last on the dog for six weeks, but then the owner must bring the dog back for touch ups. He also assures animal lovers that the dogs were not harmed in any way.
How long do you think it will be before we start seeing Kim K walking her new panda dog?