Pet Dog Boom in China

Dog is still on the menu in south China, but dog ownership has exploded with Shenzhen's fortunes, as seen by its pet stores.

Shenzhen, China (CNN) — When Shenzhen housewife Zhang Lin was growing up in rural Guangdong province, her family kept guard dogs, some of which were slaughtered for meat during the Lunar New Year.

┬áNow she is the owner of Dou-dou, a high-energy miniature poodle she bought for 4,000 yuan ($626), more than triple this southern Chinese city’s monthly minimum wage. She never eats dog meat and treats Dou-dou like her child.

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