Not such a rare dog afterall

Trip Start Jan 30, 2007
Trip End Dec 31, 2011

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Flag of China  , Yunnan,
Thursday, November 13, 2008

I was going to get a dog in Kunming. There are a couple of markets selling dogs. One is near the bird and flower market, and tends to be residents selling all kinds of pets: rabbits, cats, dogs, etc.
The other is near the Expo gardens, and is more shops and specialist breeders, as well as a few locals selling their dogs out the front.
In China - as elsewhere - you sometimes never know what you are getting, as this story shows:

A Kunming man bought what he thought was a rare dog from a market but later discovered it was just a common breed with stripes painted on by the dodgy vendor.

When Chen spotted the dog at the pet market in Jingxing Street in this Yunnan capital city, he haggled the vendor down from 120 ($18) yuan to 50.

Thinking he had scored a bargain, he then washed his new pet after arriving home.

But afterwards, he noticed the black stripes on the pooch had all disappeared.

"I bought the dog because of the stripes - they looked like tigers'," Chen complained to a reporter.

A resident living near the market said sellers often painted dogs in order to sell them for better prices.

(Metropolis Times)
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