"The cute breeds like French bulldogs and Labradors were the favorites, but now it is the panda dog," Ch'en, who owns a store in southwest China’s Sichuan province.
He said the technique is not harmful to the dogs.
Ch'en said he came up with the style himself.
"I perfected the technique here and now it is spreading across the country," he said. "With a bit of careful grooming and coloring it is easy to turn a chow into a panda dog in about two hours. Then the look will stay with the dog for around six weeks and the owners bring them back for some touching up."
Some would likely take exception to Ch'en's assertion that there is no cruelty involved, though it's unclear what Ch'en's technique actually entails.
The story also comes months after reports of dogs who "naturally" looked like pandas as they grew older and their hair color changed.
Fur color aside, if you're looking for a companion of your own and are ready for the responsibility, take a look at the ASPCA adoption site.
Source: huffingtonpost.com by Simon McCormack