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Mao, a 4-year-old Bichon Frise dyed to look like a giant panda, plays with a worker at the Ruowen Pet Spa in Beijing.

Dyeing for a dog?

If you want a larger version, check out Kung Fu, a 10-month-old Old English Sheepdog dyed to look like the lead panda character in the animation "Kung Fu Panda."
"Spider-woman," a 4-year-old female Bichon, left, plays with "Bikini," a 6-year-old female poodle and "Son," a 1-year-old male Bichon dyed to look like a tortoise.
Spider-woman, takes a rest behind a fenced area at the Ruowen Pet Spa.
"Spider-woman" looks up from a plastic cage near other dogs dyed to look like a tiger and a zebra.

Lions and tigers and bears? Nope. Painted dogs.

Sort of like those pastel green, blue and pink chicks kids used to get in their Easter baskets.

If you want this cute-but-slightly-creepy look for your dog, here's the skinny:


  • Take one white or mostly white dog – a Bichon Frise, poodle or Old English sheepdog, for example.
  • Add permanent hair dye.
  • Paint dog to look like a panda, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle or (OMG) Spider-woman.
Of course, you'll need to go to China to get your little doggie dyed neon green and partially shaved so it will look like said turtle.

"Pampering" your pooch with a $300 dye job is the latest craze among the nouveau riche in Beijing.

Yet another reason dogs bite.