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Why Panda Dogs Are a Bad Idea

Fox News recently reported on the latest dog craze in China: Panda Dogs. While it sounds like a cross between a panda bear and a dog, a Panda Dog is actually a Chow dog groomed to appear like a panda. Allegedly safe dye without chemical treatments is used to change the Chow’s beautiful reddish coloring to black and white. The trendy panda dogs are so popular in Southwest China that pet stores are having a hard time meeting demand. Owners of panda dogs don’t seem to mind paying the high cost or getting them re-dyed every six weeks. They get to tell all of their friends they have a panda dog and turn heads when they walk down the street.

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Chows are known to become fiercely protective of their owners and property. Properly and humanely socialized, they are wonderful dogs. The American Kennel Club states, “the Chow is reserved and discerning with strangers. Their cat-like personalities make them independent, stubborn and less eager to please than other breeds. They require early socialization and training, and some kind of exercise daily. Regular grooming and bathing is a must to maintain their double coats.”

Dying their coloring to look like a panda dog, however, makes them even more susceptible to attention. Combine this with people and children uneducated in dog behavior reaching out to them to pet them, and this will only increase their stress and desire to protect. As if that isn’t enough of a recipe for disaster, it is hard to believe that dying fur on their face isn’t harmful to them. If the groomers aren’t also using humane grooming techniques and haven’t been educated in handling Chows, that adds to the Chows’ stress level.

Beyond that, the deeper question is why Chows are in such high demand. Last I heard, there was no shortage of homeless dogs in shelters and rescue organizations.

Source: Fox News

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3:40AM PDT on Sep 6, 2014

Oh, these poor dogs!! I am worried that this just a phase, and when the novelty wears off, these dogs go to a shelter or worse yet, someone's dinner table! I pray not, but you never know with the Chinese!

3:45PM PDT on Jul 24, 2014

I like their natural color much better. They are very pretty as they were born.

4:07PM PDT on Jul 12, 2014

Those chemicals don't hurt them?? Yeah, right, lol. This is disgusting; modifying your dog by dying their fur or clipping parts of their body off (ear clipping, declawing, etc.) is cruel.

7:33PM PDT on Jul 9, 2014

this is so ridiculous. its a gimmick. thats all. and yes you can guess which country this happens in - possibly a status symbol - which has a high priority in Asia. It goes so much further though - i once worked for a guy whose Indonesian friend also lived in Perth. He owned a pet shop in Indonesia and the staff took a week off. the animals and no food or water so of course they died. Al he was worried about was the mbey he had lost. this is lighty off topic, but represent the attitude of certain cultures.

7:33PM PDT on Jul 9, 2014

this is so ridiculous. its a gimmick. thats all. and yes you can guess which country this happens in - possibly a status symbol - which has a high priority in Asia. It goes so much further though - i once worked for a guy whose Indonesian friend also lived in Perth. He owned a pet shop in Indonesia and the staff took a week off. the animals and no food or water so of course they died. Al he was worried about was the mbey he had lost. this is lighty off topic, but represent the attitude of certain cultures.

11:40PM PDT on Jul 6, 2014

There are many beautiful animals which need a home.
Choose a neglected animal and turn them into the best they can be.
Now, that something to be proud of.

10:02AM PDT on Jul 1, 2014

Personally speaking I just don't like it. Would anyone send their own kids to a grooming session and get them changed into looking like rabbits or some other cute animal?

7:38PM PDT on Jun 30, 2014

Ridiculous!

6:16PM PDT on Jun 30, 2014

Again with the chinese...

No chemicals or cruelty! LOLOL What a pile. Making the dog be calm and obedient for the two hours it takes for the dye job and fluffing - I'd say that's close. Granted, it does make them look cute and cuddly but how many are gonna tolerate a kid running up to give it a big hug because it's cute.

Why not go for the Mickey Mouse look next? Just don't understand the need to put a dog through all this just to look like something he is not. My girls go to the groomer too, but they come back looking the same as I left them.

8:17AM PDT on Jun 30, 2014

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