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by Joe Chanda February 27, 2015 3 min read

Question: what’s cuter than a tiny little dog sporting a fierce Mohawk hairstyle dyed a bright color? Answer: nothing. Dog dyeing has become a very popular way to give your family pet a whole new look and style, from tiny teacup dogs to dogs as big as a pony. You might do it for fashion or you might do it for giggles, but there’s a lot of fun to be had when your pet sports an unnatural but beautiful color.

Say No to Chemical Dyes

There are a few non-toxic products on the market meant specifically for dyeing dog’s fur (although we’ll talk about other safe options below, as well), but using human hair coloring on your dog is a big no-no. As Cesar Milan warns, the chemicals in human hair dye are meant for humans and can be overly toxic for your canine pal. A dog’s skin pH is very different from yours, so using chemical dyes can lead to a series of visits to the veterinarian to get your pet’s skin pH back in balance. This is not at all ideal for you or your loving pooch, so skip the human hair coloring products altogether.

Dog Dyeing Products

As dog dyeing has become increasingly popular, a few products have been produced to fill the demand for an easy, non-toxic dye that won’t harm the delicate pH balance of a dog’s skin. You can find these products online, and many of them are fairly inexpensive and simple to use at home. These products tend to be semi-permanent, so you can enjoy your newly colored dog for up to a couple weeks before dyeing her a different color.

Natural Dyes are Fun and Safe

Natural dyes, unlike chemical hair coloring products, are easy on your dog’s skin while still giving you all the thrill of an electrically colored pet. These types of dyes have been used for hundreds of years to color textiles, and they have none of the harsh bleaches or coloring agents that could harm your dog. Dyes made from brightly colored plants that are safe for dog consumption should have no side-effects on your dog’s skin (just don’t let him drink the dye water in order to be perfectly safe). Try:

  • Beets
  • Berries such as blueberries or blackberries
  • Carrots
  • Red cabbage
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Turmeric powder
  • Other brightly colored vegetables

Kool-Aid Dyes

Powdered drink mixes such as Kool-Aid brand are another option, although they are sticky and could make your dog uncomfortable. Make a paste with the powder and some water, and then brush the paste into the fur. This should probably only be used on a temporary basis so you can give your dog a bath and wash out the sticky paste within a few hours.

Food Coloring

Food coloring is a good dyeing option for dogs. You can put the food coloring in a water bath (dye the water slightly darker than you want your dog to turn out) and then bathe the dog; alternatively, pour the diluted coloring into a spray bottle and spray all over. Comb the fur to spread the dye evenly and to prevent tangles. Let the pooch dry, and then you’re done.

As long as you use a safe dyeing medium, your dog will probably enjoy all the attention you lavish on him as you dye his fur. Now that you have the most stylish dog on the block, treat him or her to one of the luxurious dog beds and accessories available from DenHaus. Our line of top-quality dog dens and beds satisfies both the human desire for an aesthetically pleasing piece of furniture as well as your pet’s desire for a clean, comfortable place to relax and sleep.

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