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Why Dye Your Dog's Fur?

Updated on December 18, 2009

Dog Hair Dye

People do it... They really dye their dog's hair. Crazy colors too- pink, blue, orange, purple, whatever... But, you have to remember that you can't use people hair dye on your dog. Dogs are not build the same way people are. I mean, they can't even use our shampoo, so there's no reason to you human hair dye on them.

But, anyway. I'll start off by saying, if youchoose to dye your dog's hair, use cool- aid, food coloring, or find a pet- safe hair dye. I haven't seen any in my local Wal- Mart, Target, Petsmart, or Petco, not any of my drug pharmacies, so I'm not quite sure where you'd find any.

Well, I have heard that Japan has a pet safe hair dye, but I don't know if it's FDA approved, or even sold in the U.S. They've actually, dyed a dog the color and markings of a panda, and well, they did a good job. Although, when at a distance the dog looks more like a panda cub, than in a close up view of him, but even still it's pretty nifty looking, if you ask me. (I have a picture of the dog below, if you were curious.)

Why Dye?

So, anyway, the question is "why would you dye your dog's hair?"

Ok, here we go: ;-)

  • You're just plain bored and have nothing better to do besides harass your dog.
  • You saw a dog with its hair dyed, and thought it looked "cool."

Honestly, I can't even begin to fathom why someone would dye their dog's hair. I knew a girl who dyed a heart into her APBT's hip. Small, little heart. It was barely noticeable. Cute, rather, but it's something I wouldn't do to my dog.

Dog's aren't people. Dying their hair can:

  1. Irritate their skin.
  2. Stress them out during the process.
  3. And, yes, believe it or not, cause them to be a little self- conscious, making them hide more.

Ok, it sounds stupid, but dogs really don't get self- conscious, but they know when something's different. When my dad and his brother's were kids, my grandmother would shave the dog every summer (it's the south, it gets hot), and after getting shaved he would hide under the porch for days, until he relaxed enough to come out.

Do you want your dog to hide from you? I don't.

There's no reason to dye your dog's hair.

Dogs Come in Other Colors Than Pink

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The Japanese Panda Dog
The Japanese Panda Dog
The Japanese Panda Dog


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      Kae 3 years ago

      Hi! I want to dye my chihuahua white... Cause I want a pure white chihuahua and she has a black spot on her tail which looks like a cat's tail and I really don't like that part so I'm just wondering where I could buy a white dog dye? :)

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      Cassandra 4 years ago

      There are plenty of proven safe products for colouring pets but if you want a splash of colour and be secure that it's 100% safe use food colouring, it's FDA approved

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      Dude 4 years ago

      Despite Stephanie's assertion to the contrary, it is illegal to die all animals in some locations.

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      Tricia 5 years ago

      I always thought people used human hair dye on their pets, but after reading this I realize there are some ways to dye pets fur that don't harm their skin. I may just try it! LOL

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      Jennifer 6 years ago

      I love how people keep saying "you wouldn't want your hair all weird colors" and things of that nature. Honestly, I would dye my hair pink in a heartbeat to match my dog. I've always wanted to dye my hair a crazy color. Just dyed my dog blue (he was white), wish I could do my hair but my hair is REALLY dark so I'd have to bleach the absolute s**t out of it to even be able to get it blue at all. He's so happy, and he looks so cute!

      If you're worried about an allergic reaction or something being bad for your pet just ask your vet and test the dye on a very small area, just like you are supposed to do when dyeing your own hair. And as long as the dog is not afraid of baths and being groomed then your dog should be fine with being dyed.

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      Lisa 6 years ago

      To a groomer :

      What if you are not looking to dye your dogs hair for any crazy.or outrageous reason, but are interested in the idea. I have a small yorkie! My little darling has had the cool opportunity to do some puppy modeling. She loves it, it gives us lots of great days together haha , I am sure you know yorkies change color as they grow. Since she has lost her black and became more tan they are not as letting her work. Honestly if there is not a SAFE ,HARMLESS option to dying her hair we will quit forever, I really reeally don't care. I just thought I would check before we throw in the towel lol. I mean they have everything for dogs now days, thought I would check on a doggy hair colour.


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      Leisa 6 years ago

      Come on really????? I have been a Professionl Reputable Groomer for years and years and one of the biggest dog lovers in the world and that's why I became a groomer...I WOULD NEVER BE CRUEL TO A DOG OR CAT!! There are Top Performance Hair dye gels for dogs that are non toxic and completely safe for your pets. My clients love to be pampered, groomed, bows, polish, hair dye and everyone of my clients owners will tell you that their babies are not harmed in anyway and are happy, healthy and waggin their tails when they leave and when they get home!!!!! Unless you are a Vet, or groomer, you people have no idea of what cruelty is, if you honestly think dyeing a pets hair is cruel, that's really sad, what's cruel is the people who don't have their pets neutered and our shelters fill up with unwanted pets.....that's what's cruel!!!!!

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      ashley84 6 years ago

      i dyed my dogs hair dogs groomer said that it did not harm them in any way so THERE YOU HAVE IT!! but it has to be non toxic and be professionally done=) my puppy is a shih tsu and she was pink with a blue heart!!

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      Charmaine 6 years ago

      Hi, coloring my furkid had become a usual thing that i does every 8 months or till the colour faded.. about 3 years i have been doing that and he just enjoy himself on the table since the first time i dyed his hair.. today my dog(skippy is known as the punk dog around my area) the colour is safe for animals as it is not toxic..

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      Stephanie 6 years ago

      Dogs are color they do not notice the color change xD. Plus as long as the dyes do not harm the dog and are not toxic, I see no problem to it. Some dogs like wearing clothes, others don't. And in no country is it illegal to dye a dogs hair with either cool aid or plant based dyes. Whomever said that was blowing smoke out of their &$@*. Some dogs like it, some don't. Simple as that, I put my dogs hair in a Mohawk and she doesn't mind, sometimes I out bows in her hair or paint her nails with dog nail polish. It doesn't harm her, and she doesn't mind it. She actually likes the attention that people give her when shes all dolled up. I also put Clothes on my dogs during the winter because it can get very cold where I live. It's the owner decision, not yours, as long as they are not harming the dog and the dog doesn't mind, who cares? Really, it's like me telling you that your abusing your dog because your not paying money to buy a marble dog food bowl. It's an owners decision, and I have not yet met or heard of a vet or groomer not approving of kool aid or plant based dyes. And no countries make it illegal to dye a dogs hair with dyes that are safe. But it is illegal in some countries to have fluoride in their water and toothpaste. Oh btw, my friends and cousins dye their dogs hair (NOT fur) and they are avid members of PETA, I think that they would know a bit about animal cruelty, Eh?

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      Melly  6 years ago

      I work at a groomer's and there is a tri of standard poodles that come in every six weeks to be trimed, have their nails painted, and on special ocassions, their fur dyed and every single one of those dogs absolutely loves being on the table and pampered they even get excited when they pull into our parking lot and practically pull their mom down the steps. If you can find a safe, pet made product adn a safe way to do it then there is no reason not too.

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      Sheila 6 years ago

      I am a groomer and have used dyes before. I have a client who wants to have his dog's mohawk dyed dark blue. The poodle is solid white. Is there a way to keep the dye from running over the other parts of the poodle? Is it best to just brush it on dry? My first attempt didn't work well because my dye was almost all gone, so the color wasn't dark enough. However, when I rinsed it, the blue got on other parts and colored them. Any tips would be helpful. Thanks so much!

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      terramichelle 6 years ago

      lovelyyfelii 2 months ago

      Okay, soooo i definitely agree with all you people that think its cruel and mean to dye your dogs and other animals.. because well i think it's true.. and as for all you OTHER people who think it's okay, cool, and have NO feelings WHATSOEVER $6 and only care about yourselves and not your animals.. you're a straight up bitch. Animals shouldn't be colored that is just so wrong and damn stupid. And i bet you deep down they really wouldn't like the color(s) you dyed them.. C'mon like seriously treat your animals with respect and just dress them up instead of coloring them.. they're not coloring books.. just saying..

      In response to that comment I'd like to say calling some one a bitch because they dyed their dogs hair is more cruel then the act of dying the dogs hair using non toxic dyes that do not harm them in ANY WAY. LOL

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      terramichelle 6 years ago

      I'm sorry, I usually don't comment on articles but your opinion on dyeing a dogs fur is over the top. The dyes do not harm the dog in any way. Beating your dog is cruel, not feeding your dog is cruel but dyeing your dogs hair is not. While it may be unnecessary it is absolutely in no way cruel! I own a german shepherd and I wouldn't dye her hair but I don't look down on someone who does or pretend to be all high and mighty about it. If anything the people that spend the time and energy with their dog dyeing their fur loves their dog very much. I am sure the dog loves their owner as well. Those hair dyed dogs are more then likely the most spoiled and well taken care of dogs owned!

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      Joey J 6 years ago

      There are so-called "professional" non-toxic hair dyes for dogs and cats. A pretty popular brand out on the market is called "Top Performance Pet Hair Dye" - just Google it. It cost about $10-$15 for a 4oz container. Though it's meant for pets, there is a disclaimer that reads: "May cause allergic reactions, pain, or severe itching—if any of these occur, discontinue use immediately and consult a veterinarian." I noticed hair dye products for people also have the same disclaimer regarding allergic reactions. That's the thing about allergies, some of us are afflicted by allergies others are not. Same goes for animals. I'm getting a good laugh from the posts on this page though. You always got people that are extreme about animals rights and others that treat animals like toys. Find the happy medium. Also, food dye with some water will also work but it just doesn't last too long.

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      Aaron 6 years ago

      I think it's ridiculous dog owners do to their dogs something they would never do to themselves. Next time you're dying your dog ask yourself "would I walk around with this colour in my hair"? or with a mohawk or studded neck strap? Unless you WOULD then quit doing it to your dog. you're just trying to live out your punk/wild side fantasies by doing it to your dog, you wanna be punk - have the guts to do it YOURSELF.

      You oughta appreciate your dog for what they look like, do you tell your friends or loved ones to change their hair or the way they look? People are so pathetic.

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      Ell 6 years ago

      Why are you so angry about fur dye?? There is special products just for this that are wash out very easily and does not bother the pooch at all. No biggie. Stress over crappy dog food or people not using flea preventive or something.. Lol

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      doglover 7 years ago

      Hey, I would like i dye my puppy hair for St.Paddys Day.

      After reading i think i might use Kool-Aid.

      But i really don't want it to hurt him. SO i was wondering has anybody else done it and is it a good job?

      Someone please answer my question!


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      lovelyyfelii 7 years ago

      Okay, soooo i definitely agree with all you people that think its cruel and mean to dye your dogs and other animals.. because well i think it's true.. and as for all you OTHER people who think it's okay, cool, and have NO feelings WHATSOEVER $6 and only care about yourselves and not your animals.. you're a straight up bitch. Animals shouldn't be colored that is just so wrong and damn stupid. And i bet you deep down they really wouldn't like the color(s) you dyed them.. C'mon like seriously treat your animals with respect and just dress them up instead of coloring them.. they're not coloring books.. just saying..

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      minetruly 7 years ago

      There's a question on whether or not it's cruel to dye your dog.

      However, I'm going to dye my pets for safety reasons. I have ferrets, and I live in an area where an escaped ferret is likely to be mistaken for a wild animal. By dying my ferrets hot pink and lime green, they're guaranteed to be recognized as pets and brought to an animal rescue.

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      isabelle  7 years ago

      its me again

      I am sorry Danny moore but you cant wash it out the next day

      it probabley takes about 6 months to come out

      and i totally agree you should just love your dog the way it is

      and if you think that i love dogs a bit too much then

      i am just saying that i think it's cruel and quite silly

      for you and the dog will look completely bonkers

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      isabelle 7 years ago

      i think it is cruel

      its almost like diying a human with multi coulors

      and just think does the dog relly want to look like a panda? no they look fine in just their normal coulors

      but if you want a black and white dog then just get a dalmation or a collie dog

      it's a lot more esier and cheeper.

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      Shelby 7 years ago

      aha, I tottally just dyed my dog lime green with kool-aid :)

      he seems fine.

      for good results just get a dog conditioner and mix it with what ever colour of kool- aid, make sure to rinse your dog well and leave it in for a good amount of time. My pup isn't stressed or anything.

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      Carrie 7 years ago

      My close friend is a professional grooming artist for dogs. She does grooming competitions with her own dogs and foster dogs looking for homes. One of my dogs has very sensitive skin, but does fine with the vegetable based dye. She dyes him to look like different animals and characters about 4 times a year for me. Right now he is purple and blue tie dye with a cluster of grapes on his back. But if someone dyed their dog and didn't like it or their dog was reacting, a professional groomer can remove the color (unless you use Kool Aid).

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      Jennifer 7 years ago

      They make hair dye for dogs. Also, going to these types of shows does help to socialize the dog with people and other dogs. The average amount of time spent working on the dog each day to prepare for the competetion is not any longer than a normal grooming session would be anyway. Also, the judges at the shows do make sure everything that is being used is nontoxic.

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      puppylvr 7 years ago

      I think it is ok to dye your dog but only a little bit and make sure it is a very safe brand. :) Have fun!

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      Tracy S 7 years ago

      Truth is... a lot of dogs LOVE it... I wouldn't do it to a dog that doesn't enjoy the grooming process. But for those that do love all that hands on, one on one pampering, why not? I also wouldn't do it to a dog who doesn't like attention from strangers, cause if your dog is colored, their's no avoiding it... but dogs who love attention, LOVE getting colored cause they draw in more attention than they could ever imagine. And yes... always do a test spot. And if your dog is showing any signs of a skin issue already, don't even try it.

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      J.C. 7 years ago

      I dyed the top of my dog's head to match her collar she likes it everyone seems to giver her more attention and pet her more..idk i think its like grooming, and my dog struts around like she's better than other dogs lol

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      Rachel  7 years ago

      Has anyone had trouble with Manic Panic? I have dyed my little rat terrier's tail pink twice now (she loves the extra attention she gets from people on the street). But she also has had light dirrhea off and on since the dye job, and also strange purple color in her poop. The vet can't find anything wrong with her, and then someone mentioned that their dog had dirrhea from Manic Panic . . .

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      Danny moore 7 years ago

      So I have heard a few replys to u ? Some silly some not so silly. I just want 2 dye my dogs tail 4 state of origin (maroon ), cause I'm a Queenslander? Can I wash it out the next day ? Luv Danny Moore & Kobe & THE --- AM !!

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      jessica jones 7 years ago

      I don't think you should dye your dogs hair its dumb

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      Alexis 7 years ago

      ANyone who dyes their pet's coat/hair is doing so for themselves or the attention they can receive from others, they are not doing it for their dog. Even the dogs that aren't stressed by the process couldn't care less about a new color.

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      ILoveMyDogBella 7 years ago

      I colored my dog with Kool-Aid and she certainly does not seem to mind all the extra attention she gets. Bella was a puppy mill rescue. She was rescued with her chin stuck to her shoulder from matted hair. She was discarded for not having puppies as a breeding dog. She was only four pounds and now is a healthier 6-7 lbs. I had her to the vet a few times trying to clean up internal parasites. So, no, I do not thinks she minds being pink at all. She is kept clean and pampered and full of love, and well loved.

      I recently had her to the vet for her annual check up while she was very pink. The vet asked if I mind that he takes her in the back to show the other techs and vets. When he came back he said that she is "doctor approved". He couldn't resist showing her off in all her pinkness as well. The ladies especially fussed over her.

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      Syd 7 years ago

      Pet Head makes dog hair dye, I've seen it at Petsmart. I use to dye my beagle's fur on halloween with easter egg dye. It's edible and non toxic, she never even noticed. I can't see how it's any different than putting clothes on your dogs. At the end of the day, it will come off.

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      Manic 7 years ago

      I've heard quite a few people tell me that dying a dogs hair is absolutely ridiculous and deadly. If you use pet safe dye, it's PERFECTLY safe. I've dyed one of my dog's ears hot pink for halloween with Manic Panic. I've known many people who have as well. I'm an animal welfare activist, a vegetarian, someone who rescues and volunteers with animals and a professional dog groomer. I would NEVER recommend doing something to their dog if it would hurt their baby and I always tell clients holistic alternatives to flea and tick treatments and cleaners in the house. I've been to grooming conventions, I've seen creative styling and I've asked quite a few vets and top professionals in the industry. Dying your dog's hair with the correct dyes, is not harmful in the slightest bit and the dogs aren't ashamed of it (and no, technically dogs aren't color blind, but they can see a limited amount of colors). Use common sense, if your dog has skin irritations, hot spots, allergies or just really sensitive skin, don't dye it!

      The author of this wrote that the family dog always hid when it was shaved down each summer and there is a perfectly logical explanation besides "it was embarrassed." When a dog is matted, or the undercoat becomes too full and the dog isn't being brushed on a daily or weekly basis, there is little air being able to touch the skin. The hair acts as a barrier and the skin can't breathe like it should. When you shave down a dog, besides possible skin irritations from any matting or burrs, when the air hits the skin, it's a sensation the dogs aren't used to and it can be upsetting. I see it happen on a fairly regular basis.

      So if your dog doesn't mind going to the groomers and isn't traumatized from getting a bath or hair cut normally and your dog's skin is fine, what's the harm in having some fun? If you aren't certain have your local groomer do it for you, just check the products they use!

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      SweetTea 7 years ago

      My stance on dyeing the fur is if the animal doesn't mind it and you're not going to make a mess of it than go ahead. Like clothing though (With the exception of if the dog needs it), if the dog doesn't want it than don't do it. If a dog is putting his ears back, snapping, whining or just in general seems uneasy about it than it's cruelty to force him or her to do it.

      Personally I think people have better things to do than to dye their pet's fur, but if the dog enjoys it and the person enjoys it I guess it's a good way to get to know one another.

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      charlie 8 years ago

      if dying my dogs hair is sadistic then just call me evil

      i die my lil gals hair and by that i mean my 9 month old maltese cross shih tzu's mohawk yes a mohawk pink. she loves the attention. she brings me her brush to be groomed. and has never ever feared the bath the clipping or the dying of her hair. she loves to strutt her stuff and has never been what was it you said self concious!lol just a hint love "if you look at a dog with anger and dissapointment they can sense it. smile at a dog and they are positive and happy.

      dying a dogs hair isn't sadistic opinionated haters like you are.


      do things properly and safely.

      my pet wears a studded collar a pink mohawk and occasionally dog joggers and she is adorable happy and lovng when treated right its not cruel

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      RTalloni 8 years ago from the short journey

      My two cents worth is that we all have better things to do than dye our pet's hair or fur, after all, most of the world is truly needy in some way. Nor can I imagine that a pet would enjoy the process, even though my pet has the best disposition a pet could have and hands down I have the best pet in the world. :)

      However, that said, the panda dog is unequivocally adorable.

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      Scott 8 years ago

      I know this is an old post, but just felt the need to put my opinion on here: Most dogs like it more than hate it... Every dog i've ever dyed has loved the added attention that they get. If it is negative attention because you think it's hideous, sure - they may act differently around YOU. I don't believe that the people who dye their dogs hair do it if they get stressed during the process - if we get a dog that is uncomfortable we tell the owners i'm sorry, it's not worth the added stress and that's that. Every dog is different and if yours is okay with it and it is done safely there's certainly no reason that I can find for not doing it. Shaving your dog once a year and coloring it's hair are two very different things. Shaving the dog, particularly if they had a lot of hair before the shave, actually FEELS different to them. I would imagine that since it is done annually, that is a feeling that would take a little adjustment. Just because you don't like it doesn't mean that it's harmful or wrong or cruel.

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      Rena 8 years ago

      Honestly? It would kill there self esteem. Not. Dogs are colorblind. DUH! Remember. How could it hurt their self esteem if they can't see the color. I dyed my dog purple with kool aid before. It didn't do anything to her. She was just the same. She got a lot more compliments than before. To be honest it brought more smiles to people at the beach and relieved other's stress. Although what is harmful is using human dye now that's bad. But using kool aid or a special dye with veggie based material is good. Also the veggie dye will bring shine to the coat like dog shampoo. So yeah. It doesn't harm their self esteem or anything like that. It's alright to do it. You people take things way too seriously lighten up.

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      rob 8 years ago

      i think ther is noting wrong with dying your dogs fur i think it is cool and fun to dye your dogsfur .i dye my malteses hair and everyone thinks its cool

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      chelsea daisy hillary mary goats and dog 8 years ago

      i think you should just love your dog or animal the way it is why change would you like it if decided to dye your hair blue and you didn't want to well think about a dogs feelings unless you had an animal translator and it said it would like to dye its hair/fur my opinon don't dye the hair unless it is safe or you take it to the groomers and ask for it

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      ianbrad55 8 years ago

      why do people want to color a dog's hair, i meant it's crazy come on now it's a dog it's all for the owner's benefit and not for the dog. The owner doesn't even care that the dog doesn't want to be dyed!

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      Whitney 8 years ago from Georgia

      When you saw the dog you shouldn't have adopted it, if it wasn't what you were looking for.

      NO you cannot bleach the ears.

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      Michelle 8 years ago

      I recently adopted a dog, that I thought was all white from pictures. But the back of ears are really brown. Can I bleach or dye this part white?

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      Daniel  8 years ago

      haha i just wanted to say that i used to give my shihtzu mohwks and die them crazy color but i used sharpies and it lasted weeks 1. u cant use kool aid and food coloring on dogs 1. because it attracts ants, 2. it causes other bugs to eat them alive like no joke this lady here died her dog with kool aid came back and red ants literally ate her dog. 3. its not safe it will cause then to chew at their skin if you want to die you're dogs hair use dyes from japan thwey are safe and dogs will not be self- conscious the reason your dog hid is because he felt naked, most all dogs/cats hide when shaved j.s hair dye is different it dosent show there genitals like shaving them j.s

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      Angel 8 years ago

      I'm thinking of dying my dog but i don't want to buy some expensive dog safe dye. would it be fine if i just used kool-aid? if so witch one shoul i use

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      anon 8 years ago

      Me and my roommates cut my dogs hair ourselves, she has a big puffy ball on her tail and a mowhawk, she has her name and a start on her right size in a black patch, and a heart in her left side.

      She loved being shaved and loved having her shapes done.

      We thought she would hate it but she kept coming over and sitting down waiting for us to do more but we decided that was enough for now.

      The tail ball is pink, the heart is pink, the star is blue and her name is rainbow.

      Everyone thinks she looks absolutely awesome and she hasn't had any skin irritations or anything and she loves them.

      Dogs arnt people, but my other dog who my mum keeps (because she cant bare to leave him :P) is the closest thing i have to a brother and I've lived with him every day for 17 years, you know your dog better than anyone, if you want to dye their hair, do it. use the right stuff and test a patch of skin in between their shoulder blades so they don't eat it!

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      Stephanie 8 years ago

      Maybe you would understand why people would want to dye their dogs hair if you were actually a dog groomer, especially if you are into creative grooming. There are many pet safe dyes out there. They have them on, or you can buy manic panic from sallys or hot topic. It doesn't stress your dog out anymore then giving them a bath!

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      niall 8 years ago

      Better people enjoy their dogs, as they do their children rather trhan neglect them. If that means costumes eg people put on human babies/dogs for halloween or 24/7/365-fine, if child or dog fusses forget it but if they don't no harm. The most unfortunate is balack cat and labs who are euthanised because they represent evil to superstitious people when a dye job would save their lives. Dyeing opponents are anthropomorphizing with evidence. What is bad is when people show no interest in dog and then drop neglected dog off at shelter for euthansia when it would have been better to train dogs to garner affection through stupid tricks and pinks mohawks and live happily with owner

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      Natalie 8 years ago

      I want to give my maltese a few colors....I mean I don't wanna paint my whole dogs fur blue or pink. Anyway I just wanna know where to find light blue dog fur dye and I have 1 spray dying/painting on your dog illegal? By the way those dog pictures are hilarious especially the panda dog!

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      Della 8 years ago

      I dyed my dog blue, and I used food coloring. I think its ridiculous to use hair dye, but if you are using something like vegetable based food coloring of kool-aid, I don't see a problem with it. It involves nothing more then squirting a few drops of food coloring in her fur while I brush it out. I think the "oh that's cruel because what if they don't like the way they look?" approach is just stupid- and I'm a vegetarian, and strong believer in animal rights. Instead of spending time writing articles about dyeing dogs, why not write articles about chopping half their tails off as newborns? Now THERE's a harmful and pointless thing done to dogs for vanity's sake. I have and breed poodles, and I have never and will never dock a puppy's tail.

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      FrostFire 8 years ago

      Animal safe dye is fine. Its not cruel if that's what you want to do then do it. (BTW im a professional groomer)

      to the author- your grandma's dog was probally staying under the porch because he had nothing to protect him from the sun or bugs- not because he was embarrassed.

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      frecklzface 8 years ago

      I wouldn't put that stuff on my animal for the main reason that they groom themselves. I don't want it getting into their digestive systems and making them ill. Who knows what's in that dye.

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      Ben&PicklesMom 8 years ago

      I have two shih tzus, and like "matt" they LOVE having their hair done. They hate being brushed so I've always kept them short. About three years ago I started leaving them mowkawks. Six months after that I decided to color their mowkawks just for fun (yeah, I'm the "bored harasser;" but my guys loved the attention during the process and after.

      It's non-toxic and washes out in two or three baths. They're not always colored, but they're always punk. Ben & Pickles love having their pictures taken and getting cuddles from kids. I won't say it's for every dog, but don't lump all people who color their dog's hair into a group of bored sadists or blind trend followers.

      If you want to try it, put on a glove the same way you would if you were coloring your own hair and apply a few drops of food coloring. Rub it in until it is distributed and send them outside in the sun or use a blowdryer to dry it completely. Don't use too much color; less is more.

      Also, we so started the trend in the Conejo Valley, CA

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      Mheetu 8 years ago

      Dogs are colorblind, they could care less what color their fur is...come on, don't be stupid.


      I don't think that's the point. I didn't feel that this guy was slamming anybody, just expressing his opinion and trying to get others to agree. Would you get all worked up at a person who likes one restaurant that you don't like who recommends it to you?

      I don't dye my dog's fur. I don't really do much with his fur, just brush it ocassionally (sorry 'bout spelling); that's all it needs! He looks so beautiful in his lovely brown-gold coat anyway!

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      Juliana 8 years ago

      Dogs are colorblind, they could care less what color their fur is...come on, don't be stupid.

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      Kelly 8 years ago

      Why not? It's fun to some people. You know what? If YOU don't like it, then don't. And don't judge someone else if they do it. They are just having fun with their pets. It's like giving a kid a temporary tattoo. Personally i think this is a very stupid argument. Nobody is dieing. Or getting hurt. Just having a good time. So what if it is pointless?

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      Cain 8 years ago

      Hmmm, I've been thinking of adding a little flair to my dobbie, but his hair is obviously much to short for most things. This might be something to investigate. And yes, I do think fur and hair is different. My dobbie has fur (which sheds all over the place beleive it or not) and the family shi-tzu has hair (which requires daily grooming). Well any idea on dobbie furdos.

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      Quicksilver 8 years ago

      Anyone who has a poodle or yorkie can tell you the difference between pet fur and pet hair. It may technically all be the same substance, but unless you refer to the stuff that grows out of your own head as "fur", saying it's the same is silly.

      I would way rather see a dog that's had its fur dyed than one with a docked tail or clipped ears. And I think most dogs would choose to be dyed rather than get their nails clipped if given the option. Yes, it's silly, but it's also harmless, so why get your panties in a knot?

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      Holly 8 years ago

      I'm liking the dispute ! Dyeing or not dyeing, i think that panda-colored dog looks verrrry cute and I've been linking it to friends all morning.

      I think the only way I'd be wanting to dye my yorkie's hair is to impersonate another animal (like the panda dog) hahaIn my owwwwn opinion I think that fluorescent colors on a dog look really dirty especially in the spring as your dog is trutting through mucky puddles and what not.

      Anyway I'm just going to give my Yorkie dreadlocks (on his head hair) because, well, because I'd get a kick out of how excentric and laid back he'll look.


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      FurHair 9 years ago

      Fur and hair are the same thing.

      Check facts before making nonsense statements.

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      Sara 9 years ago

      I don't care for the dopes that dye their dogs hair for pure conversational pieces either. However, I am looking for a way to help my dog. She is an apricot poodle and we love her very much. Because of the way the color has placed itself, she looks dirty or people think she has fleas and other than her family who knows the situation, people don't really care for her being around. Is there a better way to resolve this issue? Please email me at with any suggestions.

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      Julia 9 years ago

      if you approach a dog that has had its hair cut and talk excitidly about how much you like it and how neat it is the dog will act as if it is proud of its fur color, if you approach it as if you dislike it it will react as if it is doing something wrong.... any dog would react this way, its simple dog behavior they react to human emotions, not out of self consciousness. A dog that is traumatized by a home grooming will hide until it feels confident enough to approach the area or people that traumatized it, Not saying your Grandma is cruel, the same thing can be said of people who cut their dogs nails at home etc. The dog just disliked the situation. Hair dying is no different than hair styling, or nail painting, or genetically breeding a dog to have short stubby legs, or long ears that drag, or hair that will form dreads, all things that some may find embarressing or unneccasary.

      They key is properly socializing and confidence building in your dog, just like Caesar and everyother dog trainer teaches, a dog that is confident and properly socialized to a groomer will not be fearful or "stressed" regardless of hair style, fur color or whatever else. As far as the safety factor of salon used hair dye, it is safe on pet skin and will not wash off onto furniture once dried, it fades in about 8 weeks, just in time for the dogs next grooming, Reputable pet supply companies would not carry a product that is considered dangerous to pets, their company name is on the line, and all groomers purchase products from these companies. just my 2 cents from a certified groomer and trainer :)

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      matt 9 years ago

      some dogs have fur and some have hair. my fiance's shitzu has actual hair and we've colored it with kool aid several times. there are times where she gets really flustered and cranky about it, but usually 8 times out of 10 we can make it without her trying to take our hands off.

      my pitbull on the other hand, I take my trimmer to him and shave part of his head and give him a mohawk. then I color his mohawk red. he loves it, every morning I go into the bathroom to shave, and he follows me and always nudges at the trimmer. he also loves the attention he gets. people find it hilarious when they see him with a spiked mohawk colored red and a giant studded collar. they almost die laughing when I tell them his name is cuddles and my fiance's shitzu is lucifer.

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      mariah 9 years ago

      There are MANY grooming competitions in which a dog's hair gets colored. Yes, some dogs have hair, and some dogs have fur. Poodles, bichons, and other non shedding dogs have HAIR, not fur. Kool aid does not irritate the skin, but for those of you who are thinking of using it, you have to use the small packets that don't have sugar in them or else it wont work. also, coloring your dog's hair is NOT a traumatic experience unless you make it that. you just spray the color on that is mixed with water and make it the desired intensity that you are aiming for. dogs LOVE the kool aid because it makes them smell good. i've done it many times with my friend's westie. This is a personal choice, and you should not be telling people it is wrong.

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      sam 9 years ago

      i don't really see any thing wrong with dying the top layer of an animals fur as long as its pet safe and u don't dye it in a stressful way, like grabing an animals neck when they try to escape(whitch i saw on a youtube video). i think that if the animal is obviously trying to run away then u should not try and dye their hair/fur.------all my opinion, i am just a girl that wanted to share my opinion-----

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      jo 9 years ago

      in many places such as were you get the dogshair cut (cant rember what it called) you can get you're dog's hair died and it is medical safe to dye there hair.

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      Whitney 9 years ago from Georgia

      Dog's have fur not hair.

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      Puppypower 9 years ago

      I am a professional dog groomer and find nothing wrong with dyeing a dog's hair. (It is called hair and not fur btw) If you really think a true professional would not recommend dyeing hair perhaps you should check out one of our grooming forums and see for yourselves that there are many of us who not only color our own dogs but our clients as well. Obviously are number one priority is a dogs welfare so I don't see why any of us good groomers would stress a dog out over something superficial. My yorkie poo doesn't handle the process. I tried it once and won't try it again. But you'd be surprised at the number of neglectful owners who come in begging us to demat their poor dogs despite the fact we would literally being ripping out the coat. Such morons. Sorry I won't do that but would gladly dye a poodles ears pink. I stencil my hound dog all the time. She's my guinea pig and loves it. She knows when she is dolled up and can't get enough. BTW many pro groomers use manic panic for people on dog coats. They are deep conditioning and I have never heard of any major disaster from using this process. Just something to keep in mind before you go slamming us for wanting to be a bit creative in our work.

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      Jerilee Wei 9 years ago from United States

      Good hub! Back in the 1950s my mother and her best friend had too many beers and dyed our long haired white dog green for St. Patrick's day. Then, they took the dog to the corner bar in hopes that the prank would get them some free beers. It worked, however, the dog had the last laugh when it started raining on the way home and he got wet. Mom woke up from her adventure to find green food coloring dye all over the couch and elsewhere. Use your creative cravings for something more intelligent than dying your pets, is my opinion.

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      Connie Lee 9 years ago

      Its cute expecally if done right Im a groomer and I have a client that has a jrt with a little mo hawk and I dyed it Blue for her ( her choice in color's I wanted Red) But now he struts around like hes a bad a$$ Its very cute

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      erin 9 years ago

      my dog is a bichon x shih tsu and he needs to bee bathed and groomed and have his hair cut fairly regularly as he has hair rather than fur. i don't really think adding a little colour to the process will stress him out. besides, i want him purple. hahah, so i can find him in the snow.

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      Whitney 9 years ago from Georgia

      Never said that koolaid wouldn't irritate the skin, but it won't irritate it as bad as other dyes. In a few countries, I have heard it was actually illegal to dye your dog's fur.

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      Dave 9 years ago

      Should you be recommending that people use kool-aid or food coloring? How do you know that those products won't irritate the animal’s skin? If people are going to dye their pet’s fur, they should use products specifically intended for that purpose and proven to be safe.

      Personally, I don't see anything intrinsically cruel about dying an animal’s fur, provided you do it safely. It's really no different than dressing them up in sweaters and other cloths. I suspect it just seems inappropriate because it's not something that we normally see.

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      Whitney 9 years ago from Georgia

      Give me a break. Everything affects all dogs differently. I have heard of vegetable dyes irritating dog's skin. Also, dogs notice a change with their environment and their bodies; they do notice. Embarrassed was not the word that I use, but dogs do notice changes, and being shaved is a pretty big change. As is dying your dog's fur. This was not written to be anything other than what it is. You should not dye your dog's fur, and that's that. No reputable groomer, vet, or behaviorist, will recommend it.

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      kris 9 years ago

      I really don't think dogs care. Vegetable dyes are safer than dog shampoo so there goes your "irritates the skin" theory. Flea shampoo irritates some dogs' skin, but no one objects to that being used.

      Your grandmother's dog hid under the porch because he probably didn't like getting shaved and was afraid it would happen again. Dogs don't get embarrassed.

      While I don't dye my dog, I don't care if others do it. At least they have fun with their pet. Lighten up.

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      Dordo 9 years ago

      Ever since I saw the book "Why Paint Cats?", I've been interested in decorating my cat that way. They say vegetable-based dyes/paints won't hurt them. I don't know about irritating their skin, cause I always figured I'd paint right on the top coat, a little design or something. I would like to say that there's a BIG difference between shaving your animal and dying it. when you shave an animal, it can feel the loss of weight, warmth, and protection. It'll be feeling very exposed, and things that he/she used to not be able to feel through its coat now scratches the bare skin. Dyes simply do not have that affect. If the trouble isn't too big, I'm still going to do this. Maybe someday I'll have a white dog and paint it up as Amaterasu...

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      Tinsley 9 years ago

      Some people I know dyed their dogs pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month. They are just spreading the awareness. I am thinking of dyeing my dog, but I can't find any at-home products that are made especially for dogs.

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      Kitty 9 years ago

      I don't know... I don't think it's cruelty.. I mean some people think putting clothes on dogs is cruelty or humiliating to them but my chihuahua named Teddy actually brings me his red sweater every time he gets cold. He loves that thing so yeah... And besides the dye for the dogs are non toxic at all what so ever that it would get their skin irritated or cause them any harm so yeah...

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      Whitney 9 years ago from Georgia

      Glad this was able to change your mind.

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      Jessica Dorey 9 years ago

      Hello,my name is Jessica Dorey.I would like to dye my poodle's hair.After reading this,I have decided not to.He is already scared and he is my baby,so i do not want to upset him even more. Thankyou so much,

      Jessica Dorey,12