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NEW TREND ALERT: Panda Dogs

 
NEW TREND ALERT: Panda Dogs

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China's newly-cash-infused middle class have turned their attentions toward their dogs – and the pooches are coming up looking much like pandas.

In Chengdu city in southwest China, pet shop owner Hsin Ch’en is having trouble keeping up with demand among the country’s new middle class who wants the cute dogs as pets.  The so-called panda dog, by the way, is really the more recognizable chow that's been done up to look like China's cuddly native bear.  Other dogs are getting into the act, too, though, like the Bichon Frise.

Ch'en says he’s loving the results, which appear to come with no pain for the pooches.  He tells a London newspaper, “There are no chemicals or cruelty involved. But the price of the dog does rise significantly because of the amount of grooming that goes into it. People don’t mind paying the extra, though — they like the fact that heads turn in the street and they can tell their friends: ‘I have a panda dog.’”

 

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