These striped puppies have been seen all over China in many different areas being sold by vendors. Are these puppies a genetically engineered dog? Or are their tiger stripes a very impressive dye job? Looks like the mystery continues as to exactly what breed they are and how they got that way.
We found some notable comments online on both sides of the controversy that we thought might be of interest to you.
Comments Supporting That The Striped Puppies Are Real
One commenter wrote: These striped dogs have been referred to as Wuxi China Bengal Dogs and are considered good luck especially in the Year of the Tiger.
“These dogs are genetically engineered and have been recognized as a breed for around two years now. The coat patterns are real, not painted,” said Kylie.
Tanya from Xiamen, China said, “one of the striped puppies was fortunate to be purchased by a woman who adored them. I held the dog for about 15 minutes, if it’s dye I would think the dye would come off on my clothes. The stripes had the same texture as the rest of the fur. The stripes went all the way down to the skin. Unless it was dyed that day, you would think there would be roots or faded portions within the stripes. I really don’t think this is a dye job.”
“A few days ago was my daughters 4th birthday,” Tiffany said, “and my husband bought her one of these puppies. He was dehydrated and very hungry and slept a lot. He also had a mild case of fleas, so I gave him a flea bath. If these stripes are indeed dye, they are a very powerful dyes because they did not come off when I bathed him. Which also arises my next question… if he was dyed, how could they dye so close to his eyes and nose and not leave any permenant damage?? He is very young maybe 6 weeks, so I would think harsh dyes would blind or aggravate his skin.”
“…I found more of these remarkable puppies including the ones with the white socks,” said Lorna, “they are seemingly not painted or dyed.”
Comments Supporting That They Are Fake
Another commenter: Dog owners in China are actually known for the fad of dyeing their dogs to resemble pandas and tigers using a simple airbrush and vegetable dyes.
Maureen from Macua, China said, “I have seen this kind of dog more than once in China, once in ZhuHai last fall and then in the city of Guangzhou. Both times the dogs were for sale from a street vendor, they were not all the same colour, but they were all striped. The only thing I can think is that the stripes are spray painted on.”
“I recently bought one of these dogs in Beijing China,” said Kurtis, “I got it home and it was very dehydrated. I took it to the vet today and they confirmed that it’s hair had been dyed. It is a black dog, that gets to be about medium sized. They dye the orange part, that’s why the orange is never around the eyes, or nose, and the stripes are so uniform. The vet stated that the dye would wear off in about 2 months, and that the dog would be healthy unless we continued to dye the dog.”
One Person’s Conclusion
“Thus, in conclusion,” continues Kurtis, “this is not a new breed of dog. It is officially dyed and this dye job is not the real coat of this dog. Hope this helps solve the mystery. The Chinese believe that dogs give more “potency” depending on their color, ranging from white; the lowest, to blue; the maximum, and the rarest are striped dogs, so much so that unscrupulous purveyors will dye dogs striped. Striped dogs fetch higher prices than their non-striped, ordinary cousins.”
Kiongozi said “These puppies are dyed that way to look more appealing to potential owners. It’s the new fad for dogs in some parts of China, people are dying them to look like tigers, pandas, etc. There are some serious health concerns for quite a lot of these pets, as it’s not certain if the dye is bad for them. But, no, these pups aren’t genetically enhanced or bred that way… it’s a money making strategy.”
Daniel responded, “Dogs that look like pandas?! No way. And we all thought dogs that look like tigers were bad enough. Where does it end?”
What Do You Think?
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