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Tiger-Striped Dogs?

Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 28th, 2011

Are there really tiger-striped dogs or have humans decided to paint normally-colored dogs with stripes for sport? Brindled dogs like boxers are often used in fighting, but this is an entirely different kind of dog.

Remarks that these fighting dogs have something to do with Thylacines, who display different striping patterns and are not canids, are off-the-mark.

But what is going on here?

Here is the caption found with the above photograph:

Dogs fight during a dog-fighting match in Kabul. Dog fighting is one of the most popular hobbies among Afghans, but was banned during the fundamentalist regime of the Taliban. Dog fighting generally takes place during the winter season and draws several thousand men and boys to a patch of land on a hill outside the capital. They form a large circle around more than two dozen big, barking dogs, who strain against ropes and harnesses for a shot at the big time.


Here’s another photo from the internet, circa 2009, San Rosa, California.

Painted dogs?

Thanks to the tip from Don Lab.

About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.


6 Responses to “Tiger-Striped Dogs?”

  1. Kalashnikovnik responds:

    I suspect they are painted/dyed. I’ve seen pictures of Afghan soldiers sporting AK-47s with extremely gaudy decorative additions and weird paint jobs. Doesn’t really surprise me that they would do it to fighting dogs as well. Of minor consolation is the fact that in Afghan style dogfighting the matches are typically ended before either of the dogs are killed. It’s still a sick sport though.
    In the second pic, the markings definitely look artificial.

  2. Redrose999 responds:

    Painted or dyed I’d bet my granny’s bloomers on it.

    We have extreme grooming, so I’m not too surprised they paint the dog for combat competitions.

    Here is a link for extreme Grooming.

  3. sonofthedestroyer responds:

    Taliban deserve credit at least for that, if it is true they banned dog fighting

  4. red_pill_junkie responds:

    dyed or not, dog fights make my blood boil >:(

  5. CajunRG responds:

    I would say that they are dyed or painted by some misguided LSU fans.

  6. thesasquatchbeliever0302 responds:

    I can totally tell they’re painted.



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