Monday, 29 April 2013

Dogs in China. Canine Fashion Crazes, dogs dyed and dressed in tights. Dog Theme Parks. Pet Parlours. Animal Fur. Ugg boots

The smart Ruowen Pet Spa in Beijing
Transformed Poodle

Pampered Pet Poodles
Bikini dyed onto Poodle
The Chinese love to spoil their dogs and get them pampered in elegant dog parlours with pedicures, massages and scented baths. Dogs of many different breeds are dyed in fancy colours with pretend bikinis and other clothes or are made to look like turtles, zebras, tigers, pandas and characters like Spiderman.  Dye jobs are not cheap and can cost as much as $300, but apparently dogs relish the attention they receive while out strutting their stuff. Dog spas provide tough love when necessary with weight-loss treatments.

Tiger Dog
Bichon Frise 'Panda'
The Chinese even go so far as to create special dog parks: the Coolbaby Dog Theme Park, in Chaoyang Park, Beijing provides barbecues, an obstacle course, adventure playground, dog training and kennelling for dogs.
Coolbaby Dog Theme Park by Giovanni Tosi
A new dog craze began this month on the Chinese social media site Weibo when a user called Ulatang posted a photo of his dogs in sheer black tights; others quickly followed suit.  This cover-up of dogs must surely inconvenience the call of nature.

Well-known dog breeds from China on the Kennel Club list are the Chinese Crested Dog, Chow Chow, Pekingese, Pug, Shar Pei, and Shih Tzu.  Lesser known breeds are the Chongqing, Chinese Imperial Dog, Formosan Mountain DogKunming wolf dog and the Xiasi dog.

Formosan Mountain Dog

Kunming wolf dog

Chinese Imperial Dog


An undated horrific report on fur farms in China by PeTA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, states that dogs and other animals are bludgeoned to death before being skinned. China is the largest exporter of furs, some of which is mislabelled. Another report by the InternationalBusiness Times says that Chinese raccoon dog fur is sent to Australia labelled as sheepskin for lining Ugg boots.

The New York Daily News reported last month that designer MarcJacobs uses raccoon dog fur imported from China which is cheaper than faux fur.
Marc Jacobs jacket with fur trim
Dog meat is still eaten in some parts of China just as we Brits eat horse meat on occasion.