Cute 'pandas' out for walk along Orchard Road

Cute 'pandas' out for walk along Orchard Road
PHOTO: Stomp

SINGAPORE - Three panda-like dogs were strolling down Orchard Road over the weekend, Stomp reported. 

A video uploaded by Facebook user Natri Nut on Jan 31, which shows a woman walking her dogs near ION Orchard shopping mall, has since attracted 26.7k views. 

The animals are apparently Chow Chows that have been dyed. 

The citizen journalism website said on Tuesday (Feb 2) that it had been alerted to a website containing more information about these "panda" Chow Chows, which appear to be living in Singapore based on the website's Instagram feed. 

On Sunday, when they were out for their walk, an Instagram post read: "Went shopping with mommy on Orchard Road yesterday! So many people were (came) over to say hello!"

The cute animals are named TuDou (potato in Mandarin), YuMi (sweet corn in Mandarin) and DouDou (beans in Mandarin).

According to the website, the white parts on their body are their natural coat of fur, whereas the black areas are dyed. 

"The dye used is professional dog hair dye and is 100% organic, non-toxic and safe for dogs," stated the website, adding that a patch test is always done before the dye is applied on the dogs.

The canines are said to love their dyed appearances.

These furry friends are available for professional photoshoots or can be booked if you want them to make special appearances at events.

In a statement to Stomp, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has said that they are against the practice of dyeing a pet's fur to alter their appearance.

SPCA's acting executive director Dr Jaipal Singh Gill said: "I would advise pet owners to refrain from altering their pet's appearance in this way, because it is unnatural and unnecessary."

He added that there may also be potential side effects, and could be physically harmful and subject the animals to stress in the process.

In response, the owner of the dogs, Meng Jiang, said that the dogs were well taken care of, and invited SPCA for a visit to see how happy and healthy they are.

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