The four-legged mechanical pet is able to run on grass and can assimilate canine-like movements, just like a flesh-and-blood pooch.

The initial price for Laikago will be around US$25,000, but may drop in the future.

No doggy-doo, vet visits or bones… now everyone can buy a robot canine online and enjoy spending time with their new four-legged friend (admittedly perhaps not the cuddliest or most-loving version of “man’s best friend,”) feeding it only with electricity.

The makers did not comment on whether RoboDog is so lifelike as to hump your leg or drink from the toilet.