Bear Facts a Shocker for Dog Owner

This story made headlines around the world. Chinese banana farmer Wang Kaiyu purchased a pair of cute puppies two years ago. He lovingly raised them, grooming their black hair daily. They, in turn, grew up well-behaved, happy, and healthy. As they matured, Kaiyu noticed some strange behavior for dogs, most notably a huge appetite, but didn’t think much of it, reported China Daily. 

Wang Kaiyun, a villager in Southwest China's Yunnan province, bought two "dogs" from a Vietnamese on the China-Vietnam...

Posted by China Daily on Thursday, July 2, 2015

It wasn’t until Kaiyu saw a photo from a conservation group that he realized his “puppies” were actually cubs—rare Asian Black Bears. He quickly did the right thing, and sent them off to a wildlife refuge. Teddy and Panda Pups How could he have made such error? Honestly, it’s not hard to imagine. The pup-or-cub question is a common one. Several breeds, including the Chow Chow, Tibetan Mastiff, Newfoundland, and Alaskan Malamute, even tiny Pomeranians, have distinctly bear-like features, especially when they are young. Poodles are also sometimes included, as in this grouping of “23 Chubby Puppies Mistaken for Teddy Bears” on Earthporm. Ever wonder why Bear has long been a perennial favorite on lists of most popular names for dogs? The similarity in appearance has been exploited in the past. A couple of years ago, for example, a “hybrid” known as the Panda Dog became all the rage in China. In reality, they were 100 percent canine—Chow Chows groomed to look like Pandas.

-Mara Bovsun