The Japanese population may well be shrinking, but the declining number of kids is rapidly being replaced by pets, and in particular dogs, the latest figures suggesting that Japan now has more than 15 million of them in the country.
A scientific survey by Tokyo Times involving a quick trot around town however, found that of these, approximately 94.73 percent are either Chihuahuas or miniature Dachshunds, with a whopping 98.63 percent being unapologetically paraded in clothing of some description or other. A trend that needless to say hasn’t escaped the attention of designers, with all manner of pet brands appearing.
But such sophisticated ensembles don’t come cheaply, with those after formal wear for their child substitute/fashion accessory having to pay somewhere in the region of 12,000 yen (105 dollars).
That said, casual canine wear is also available, with these New York-themed outfits faring fairly well*. The gold guns in particular adding a bit of bite as well as bling.
*eye test extra
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