They are so popular that pet shop owner Hsin Ch'en said he can't keep up with demand for the dyed chow chows.
Ch'en said that cute breeds like French bulldogs and Labradors were being passed over for the panda pups. He says he can dye the dogs in about two hours and the color will last for around six weeks before the owner has to bring it in for a touch-up.
"There are no chemicals or cruelty involved," Ch'en said. "But the price of the dog does rise significantly because of the amount of grooming that goes into it. People don't mind paying the extra though - they like the fact that heads turn in the street and they can tell their friends: 'I have a panda dog.'"