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Are panda dogs real?

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Panda dogs are rough-coat chow chow dogs that have been dyed and groomed to look like miniature panda bears. Hsin Ch'en developed the grooming technique in China.

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The chow chow is an ancient Chinese dog breed with a natural bear-like appearance. The rough coat variety of the medium- to large-size dog breed has a long mane of dense, coarse hair around its face and neck. This mane gives the dog's face a panda-like appearance. Hsin Ch'en uses this to his advantage as he transforms each puppy into a panda dog with grooming clippers and animal-safe dyes. The results last about six weeks. Regular maintenance is necessary to maintain the panda-dog look.

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