Putting on Appearances: China’s Painted Dogs

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From The Daily Mail

From a distance it could be mistaken for a reclining tiger, with its big paws and striped orange and black coat.

But then it stands up, wags its tail and barks – giving the game away.

This unsuspecting canine is the victim of what appears to be the latest craze in China – painting pet dogs to look like other animals.

A Chinese dog is dyed to look like a tiger. Bizarre: A pet retriever in China has been dyed by its owner to resemble a tiger

Today the retriever was joined by three furry friends whose dye jobs were much more convincing.

The tiny, fluffy dogs were the spitting image of baby giant pandas thanks to their makeovers.

The animals were pictured after being transferred to Zhenghou from Southwest China’s Sichuan province over the weekend.

Confused: Three small dogs were given makeovers to look like panda  cubs

Doggy dye job: These small furry dogs look the spitting image of baby panda cubs

Bizarre: A pet retriever in China has been dyed by its owner to  resemble a tiger

Transformation: The dog appears unfazed by its new coat

It is not known how the owners managed to get their animals to stay still in order for them to carry out the extremely convincing dye jobs.

Recent figures show money spent on pets across the nation has seen nearly a 500 per cent increase between 1999 and 2008 – but, arguably, at the cost of their pets’ dignity.

On parade: The dogs were put on show after being transferred to  Zhenghou from Southwest China's Sichuan province

On parade: The dogs were put on show after being transferred to Zhenghou from Southwest China’s Sichuan province

Confused: While some of the dogs didn't appear to be enjoying  themselves, they were a hit with localsConfused: While some of the dogs didn’t appear to be enjoying themselves, they were a hit with locals
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