Trends in China are often "interesting/" One trend, and a very expensive one - so only the elite rich can partake, are Tibetan Mastiff dogs. If you have one, it's a sign of very elite status.
In June, the Tibetan Mastiff, Akita, German Shepherd dog, Great Dane, Borzoi, Japanese Tosa and Pit Bull Terrier were among 22 breeds banned in the Chinese city of Chengdu. And only small dogs are now preferred. So, there are have apparently two outcomes of this regulation.
- More dogs, large dogs especially, have been abandoned. Aside from the animal welfare aspect, this is a public health issue now - where there wasn't one previously. And calls concerning animal rescue are way up.
- Domestic ferrets have become a craze in Chengdu. Printed accounts alternatively refer to the domestic or European ferret as a mink, which they decidedly are not.
Minks and ferrets both belong to the same family (mustelids), but then both dogs and coyotes are canines, and people and chimpanzees are primates.
Anyway, in a crowded Chinese city, ferrets make perfect sense. Adults ferrets might cost up to 8,000 RMB. One Chinese RMB equals about 0.146439 dollars. You do the math - I don't have a clue.
Still, the ban on large dogs is without apparent explanation.
I thank Joey D. for the idea for this post