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Disguise Your Doberman As A Poodle
Status: Joke product
image Attackchi.org is offering a "Poodle disguise kit for Dobermans" for people who worry that they'll be criticized while out in public for having a dangerous breed of dog. The kit includes: Fake fur pieces (4 leg pieces, one body piece, and head piece), Black face paint (safe for dogs), Safe suit fitting method statement and instructions. However, they warn that "dressing your dog like this will increase the chance of it biting you." They promise that other kits are coming soon, such as "Golden Retriever disguise kit for German Shepherds" and "Old English Sheepdog disguise kit for Mastiffs." (And no, I don't think they're really selling any of these kits.) (Thanks to LaMa for the link)

On a related note, check out artist Hung-Chih Peng's Dalmatian disguise for his dog.
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Categories: Animals
Posted by The Curator on Wed Aug 02, 2006
Comments (20)
Okay, this is the cutest idea I've seen yet! But....I bet those poor pups get mighty hot in the summer!
Posted by hulitoons  in  Abingdon, Maryland  on  Wed Aug 02, 2006  at  05:45 PM
LOL! that website is frickin' hilarious. LOL
Posted by Grain  in  Bay Area, CA  on  Wed Aug 02, 2006  at  07:12 PM
This reminds me of an old (19th Century) cartoon I saw where somebody was trying to disguise his dog as a cat. It seems that for a while the French government charged a tax on dogs, but not cats, so some people had mighty funny-looking cats.
Posted by Big Gary  in  Old Dime Box, Texas  on  Wed Aug 02, 2006  at  07:50 PM
Funny!!!!!!!!!
Posted by George Vreeland Hill  in  Los Angeles  on  Wed Aug 02, 2006  at  08:30 PM
Hmmm The black poodle disguise is not too bad!
Posted by hmmm  on  Wed Aug 02, 2006  at  09:17 PM
Funny, my 1984 book, Slycraft's Catalog of Stuff (http://slycraft.com/CatalogCover.htm) has an item that's pretty much the exact opposite of this, the Dobermask.

The idea was that you put the Dobermask on your small cat or dog and a burglar looking in your window sees what looks like a scary Doberman. The Dobermask was actually featured on the Tonight Show, Good Morning, America and several other TV shows since the book came out.

By the way, that's NOT me on the cover; it's my co-author, Albin Sadar.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Wed Aug 02, 2006  at  09:40 PM
Hmm... now, if you were a slightly more cunning than average petty criminal with a dog and a sense of humour, you could disguise your dog, and train it to steal handbags in the park safe in the knowledge that your dog will never be identified in a line-up.
Posted by Torpid_rat  in  Yorkshire  on  Thu Aug 03, 2006  at  07:02 AM
Dear God! Those poor doggies will be in puppy therapy for years.

Why don't you love me the way I am???
Posted by Jim  in  Columbus, Ohio  on  Thu Aug 03, 2006  at  10:52 AM
Funny,but poor dogs anyway.Some people have way too much free time on their hands tongue wink
Posted by nitedrive  in  sweden  on  Thu Aug 03, 2006  at  11:40 AM
Do they have a Doberman disguies for Poodles, for people who worry about being ridiculed in public?
Posted by TerminalFrost  in  Denmark  on  Thu Aug 03, 2006  at  11:44 AM
http://www.cbc.ca/story/world/national/2006/08/03/teddy-bears.html

Here's a dog that may need that disguise.
Posted by Phred22  in  Maryland  on  Thu Aug 03, 2006  at  12:45 PM
A standard poodle is a large dog, and if it's not given the poofy cut, is not an object of ridicule.
Posted by cvirtue  on  Thu Aug 03, 2006  at  09:17 PM
From the article Phred22 posted:

Authorities struggled to explain what triggered Barney the guard dog's attack at the popular display at the Wookey Hole Caves Park in Wells, England, about 175 kilometres southwest of London.

"It's a terrible disaster," Daniel Medley, the park's general manager, told CBC News.

There must have been some kind of scent, Medley said, "that made the dog go berserk."


Well what did they think would happen when they put a dog in charge of guarding teddy bears? Dogs see stuffed animals as chew toys and it's not like they can tell the difference between a $1 toy and a $100,000 toy. The dog didn't go berserk, it was probably just bored. LOL

Besides, they should have had the bears behind glass if they were so valuable.
Posted by Sakano  in  Ohio  on  Fri Aug 04, 2006  at  09:36 AM
The punchline of the whole guard-dog-savages-teddies story, though, is this:

"The bear display at Wookey Hole Caves had been deemed so valuable that the park's insurance company had required guard dogs be on duty."

By the way, is there really a place in Wales called Wookey Hole Caves Park?
Posted by Big Gary  in  Bearsville, Colorado  on  Fri Aug 04, 2006  at  07:53 PM
I like the dalmation costume more. It even has the googly-eyes on the sides of the head. tongue laugh
Posted by Archibold  on  Wed Aug 23, 2006  at  05:15 PM
Gary, wookey holes is real.I went there once.

Im not suprised at this idea.The people who buy this just dont want to be persecuted about having a dangerous dog.It is actually a rather effective disguise. I like it.
Posted by J  on  Mon Oct 02, 2006  at  12:06 PM
Here's the page from Slycraft's Catalog of Stuff, written by myself and Albin Sadar and published by Crown back in 1984, which shows the Dobermask, basically the direct opposite of this "Poodle Disguise Kit":

http://slycraft.com/CataPgDob.htm
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Mon Feb 04, 2008  at  03:15 AM
This was actually started by an Austrailian group in response to heavy breed legislation. They don't really sell the kits, but were trying to make a point about the idiocy of breed legislation.
Posted by odium43  on  Mon Feb 15, 2010  at  08:43 PM
You shouldn't worry about owning a dangerous dog breed and turn this wasted energy worrying into training your dog. As long as you treat you raise your dog properly then he won't be dangerous.

Get your Doberman socialized from as early an age as possible by meeting lots of different dogs and people. This works best from when he is a puppy.
Posted by Steve Rankin  in  UK  on  Sat Apr 03, 2010  at  10:25 AM
Also if you want to know what the top 10 dog breeds people perceive to be the most dangerous dogs then have a look at this;

http://www.obediencetrainingfordogsblog.com/most-dangerous-dogs/list-of-the-top-10-most-dangerous-dogs
Posted by Steve Rankin  in  UK  on  Sat Apr 03, 2010  at  10:26 AM
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