Police Seize Pet Dogs From Beijing Homes

Police in Beijing have been confiscating large pet dogs, including golden retrievers, labradors, collies, and many other breeds according to an official notice.  Regulations from 2003 [zh] that labeled these breeds as...

Guangdong City's Dogs Face Uncertain Future

Jiangmen authorities have backed down, for now, after warning pet owners in three city districts that any dogs found in public after August 26th would be seized and possibly killed. From the Global Times’ original report...

Once Banned, Dogs Reflect China’s Rise

The New York Times looks at how the rise of pet ownership in Beijing heralds the rise of a new China: Twenty years ago, there were hardly any dogs in Beijing, and the few that were here stood a chance of landing on a dinner...

Chinese Put These Dogs On Pedestals

From USA Today: One is named Obama, another goes by Son of Bush. They charge tens of thousands of dollars for sex. Convoys of luxury cars, driven by fans, greet the most expensive studs at airports. Meet the canine gigolos — the...

China’s Rising Standard of Living Applies to Pets Too

In 2007 China spent $757 million on pet food and pet care. In 2008, that number is expected to increase by 15 percent to $870 million. It’s still peanuts — or kibbles — compared to what Americans spend on their...

Chinese dog-lovers live in fear as cull claims thousands of pets – David Eimer

From Independent: The start of the Chinese Year of the Dog is just four months away, but in the southern city of Guangzhou thousands of frightened dog owners and their pets are lying doggo after local authorities intensified a crackdown on unregistered animals. Unlicensed dogs are being rounded up by the police and, in the […]

E-mail From Shanghai: Return of the Bourgeois Dogs – Hannah K. Beech

From The idea of keeping pets ” naughty or otherwise ” had long been taboo in the People’s Republic of China. During the 1966-76 Cultural Revolution, Chairman Mao’s Red Guards killed pet dogs by the tens of thousands, seeing them as symbols of the pampered bourgeoisie his Communist regime was out to eradicate. Even […]

AFP: Chinese own 150 million pet dogs

From AFP, via Once banned as a bourgeois luxury, pet ownership is becoming big business in China with one in every nine Chinese now owning a dog, the Chinese state press reported today. China’s growing dog population has reached 150 million, with experts predicting that the market for dog food and accessories could reach […]



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