Tibetan mastiffs are apparently so over. Too bad for the dogs, who once sold for as much as $1.6 million in China and are now being sent to slaughter, the New York Times reports.
And they're not alone. Pets who rise to popularity during pop culture crazes can't be the big new thing forever. The final result tends to be lots of homeless animals.
Here are some other pets who suffered the fate of the Tibetan mastiff.
Following Harry Potter mania, people who got owls started finding them not quite as magical as Hedwig. Perhaps they had a lack of imagination: Owls are incredible creatures who can rotate their heads 270 degrees and fly silently through the air. But after the Harry Potter fad was over, so was enthusiasm for the owls, and people began abandoning their owls to the wild. "People saw Harry's owl in the movies and thought how cute and cuddly they looked," Pam Toothill at the Owlcentre sanctuary in Wales told The Mirror. "Now they are bored and fed-up with all the work involved [in] looking after an owl."