Tokyo dogs for fashion

 sorry dog wearing clown suit cum raincoatYes, that’s a Retriever in a jinbei (甚平) you see on the right.

Dog clothes are very common in Tokyo—perhaps 20-30% of the dogs as forced to wear clothes here. In my more-money-than-brains neighborhood, Denenchofu Tokyo, maybe 80% of the sorry beasts have to wear clown suits.

 Labrador Retriever wearing a raincoat
Yesterday, I was joking with my veterinarian about the absurdity of a customer’s Labrador Retriever wearing a raincoat. The vet agreed that Labs have especially oily fur to make them “waterproof,” but he explained that Japanese houses with tatami mats and shoddy softwood flooring are ill suited to wet dogs (especially during the rainy season now).

Traditionally, Japanese dogs are only kept outside (and chained all day on a 30cm lead in the hot sun). In modern apartments and condos where dogs must come inside, Japanese people prefer to keep their dogs dry and what the vet called,”osharei” fashionable.
Japanese dogs  kept outside  chained all day in hot sun
Japanese dog “traditionally” chained all day and night (L), Japanese dog dead from being chained (R) at my vet’s office

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3 thoughts on “Tokyo dogs for fashion”

  1. i got so used to seeing the dogs in clothes that if i saw one without, it seemed somehow obscene-naked. good article. i did not know the reasoning behind it except fashion, as i saw a lot of people who matched their dogs perfectly.

  2. “If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater suggest that he wear a tail.”
    ~Fran Lebowitz

  3. More fashionable is…

    Ex-pet shop employee arrested for dumping dead dogs in Tochigi
    JAPAN TODAY — Nov. 19, 2014
    Police in Nasushiobara, Tochigi Prefecture, have arrested a former pet shop employee for dumping the dead carcasses of more than 70 dogs in rivers and mountains.
    The suspect, identified as Masaki Kimura, 39, has been charged with violation of the animal protection, river management and waste disposal laws, police said, adding that he turned himself in at a police station in Utsunomiya on Nov 1more

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