Yunnan, China: A cool cat and his shades-wearing canine friend have been turning heads on the streets of a Chinese city.

When shoppers see the odd couple, they might think the fussy feline is literally taking the dog for a ride.

But owner Xu Wan, from Kunming, Yunnan province, insists the pair really are the best of pedigree chums.

“When I started taking the dog for a walk the cat would mew as if it didn’t want to be left at home,” he explained.

“So I bought a small lead and brought the cat too. “But the cat soon got tired of all that walking and very quickly worked out that it was easier to ride.”

Now the pair turn heads daily as they join Xu, 64, for his daily trip to the shops.

“They love their walks and never fight,” he said.–WO