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If you are passionate about the world of dogs and the different existing breeds, this AnimalWised article may be very interesting, as we present some lineages from the Asian continent. Among the Asian dog breeds we can highlight the shih tzu, the Pekingese dog, the akita inu, the chow chow or the Tibetan mastiff, among others. All of them are magnificent pets, as they show a series of characteristics, as we will see, that make them ideal to live together in our homes..
If you are thinking of adopting a dog or want to know some curiosities about the origin of these animals, their physical characteristics and their personality, do not hesitate to read this article about some asian dog breeds.You may also be interested in: The 10 most intelligent breeds of cats Index
- Akita Inu
- Shar pei
- Chow chow
- Tibetan mastiff
- Pug or pug
- Shiba Inu
- Pekingese or Pekingese
- Shih Tzu
- Chinese crested
- Lhasa apso
It is also known as Japanese Akita, as this breed arose in a region of Japan called Akita. Their ancestors were smaller dogs that were used for hunting, however, the interest that existed at the time in dogfighting caused them to cross with larger dogs, originating the Akita Inu. Although, fortunately, after dog fighting was prohibited, this breed continued to remain and expand in other countries where today it serves as an excellent companion and guardian animal..
It is a large dog, with a dense coat and shades that usually combine white and gold-orange. In addition, it has a strong musculature and a characteristic curled tail that rests on the dorsal part of the animal.
Despite the akita inu's reputation as an independent and aggressive dog, it should be noted that it is an animal very serene, which only attacks if it is threatened. If you are considering adopting a dog, this breed is ideal since it shows a lot of calm most of the time, while at the same time it likes to be around its human companions. It is also true that it is a dog reserved with strangers and somewhat dominant with other dogs, but a good education from puppyhood always allows to prevent this type of behavior.
Another of the most popular Asian dogs is the Shar Pei. The origin of the Shar Pei resides in the Asian country of China, where years ago it has served mainly as a watchdog and hunting dog. However, this ancient breed, which is believed to have arisen from the cross between a mastiff and a chow chow, has also served as food in poor regions during China's dog meat festival. However, they have managed to survive since they were exported to other parts of the world where their breeding took place and respect for them..
The Shar Pei is not very large, but it does have a fairly robust bearing, weighing between 15 and 30 kilograms. What most characterizes this breed is, without a doubt, the famous wrinkles throughout the body of the animal, together with the presence of a round tail and small eyes that are usually very dark. Despite being medium-sized dogs, they have great strength and agility.
Regarding its personality and behavior, it is an animal very independent. This does not mean that they need the attention and care of their tutors, but it does mean that their space will have to be respected more on certain occasions. At the same time it is an intelligent, calm and faithful dog. Therefore, the shar pei is perfect as a companion animal.
There are many hypotheses about the origins of the chow chow, however, it is believed that appeared in north China more than 2,000 years ago. Back then it could serve as a guard dog, game animal or even food. However, later on, the breeding of this breed continued and spread to other places where it was very popular, such as England..
What most characterizes this medium-sized dog is its great resemblance to the famous king of the jungle, the lion. Presents a abundant fur that intensifies around the head giving a similar appearance to this huge feline. However, another of the main characteristics of the chow chow is the blue-black color of its tongue, but this is only about genetic factors. They also highlight their small dark eyes, their erect and oval ears, their compact body and the color of their fur. The latter can vary between white, light brown or black, mainly.
Due to its origins as a guard dog, the chow chow is usually quite protective and calm, something that makes it ideal if we have children at home. Although this may be positive, overprotective behaviors can trigger aggressiveness, so proper training or education of the animal is always necessary. But above all, it should be noted that not all breeds follow the same personality pattern, because although there is a tendency to be one way or another, each dog has different genetics and a character that may differ.
Also of Asian origin, the Tibetan Mastiff is one of the oldest dog breeds. As its name suggests, it appeared in the Tibet. Thanks to its strong and powerful appearance, it served the human in different ways, but among them it stood out the function of surveillance and protection of Tibetan monasteries. It is believed that this breed gave rise to the rest of the types of mastiffs that exist today.
Regarding its characteristics, we must highlight its big size, something that can be very intimidating to people or other dogs. Added to this are the dark colorations of its strong coat, predominantly black with the occasional white or fire stain. His face is large, broad and has drooping ears covered with hair..
Although the Tibetan Mastiff tends to socialize well with other people and dogs, it can cause unintentional damage during play since they are very heavy animals of large size and powerful musculature. For the rest, they are very faithful, calm and something independent. With a good management of these, there can be a happy and pleasant coexistence in family homes..
Pug or pug
The origin of the pug is somewhat uncertain, because despite knowing its origin from China, the ancestors of this breed are not known for sure. However, it is usually associated with the Pekingese dog or the like. It is characterized by its little size and its peculiar flattened face, as it is a very common brachiocephalic race. In addition, it has a short, curled tail on its back. Valid colors can be varied, however, the most popular are grayish or cream. Although it has a small body, it has strong muscles and a large amount of skin that wrinkles in the face area, giving the animal a sad appearance.
The pug is one of the most cheerful and playful Asian dog breeds. This means that it needs the constant company of its human companions. For this reason, if you are thinking of adopting a pug or pug, you will need to make sure that it has the proper care. However, due to the respiratory and heart problems that flat or brachiocephalic dogs can present, it will be necessary to know where the limit of play and physical exercise is. To do this, consult your veterinarian before.
Although it is known that the origin of this breed of dog is Asian, it is true that there have been doubts about its origin from China or Japan. However, today it is considered a japanese dog and very common in this great country for hundreds of years.
It shares many physical characteristics with the aforementioned akita inu, something that leads to confusion on numerous occasions, since both tend to have similar colorations and a tail curled on its back. However, something that differentiates the shiba inu from the akita is its longer snout and his smaller body size, not exceeding 15 or 20 kilograms in weight.
Like the Akita Inu, it tends to be a dog very reserved and independent. However, he stands out for his nervousness and desire to play when he is confident. Therefore, it is necessary to know how to educate him since he is a puppy, because this will make him know how to differentiate the moments of play and the moments of rest, thus building a calm and harmonious coexistence.
Pekingese or Pekingese
Like many Asian dog breeds and those from other continents, the history of the Pekingese is somewhat uncertain, although what we do know is that comes from china, where it is believed to have served as a pet in palaces or homes belonging to royalty.
It is a dog of small dimensions, not exceeding 6 kilograms in weight and 20 centimeters to the withers, with abundant and soft fur of different shades that covers its entire body. Because of his flat face, It is also considered a brachiocephalic dog, like the pug or shih tzu, which we will talk about in the next section.
As for the personality of the Pekingese, it is worth noting the great loyalty and fidelity to their humans. In fact, it is quite protective with them and, in the face of any danger, it does not hesitate to alert with its sharp barks. It is also very cheerful and playful, so living with children is usually very good. Finally, regarding their behavior with other dogs, it must also be said they are quite sociable. But like everything else, its character will depend fundamentally on the genetics of the dog..
There have always been doubts as to whether the origin of the shih tzu dog lies in the Tibet or in China, But what we do know for sure is that this breed of dog is also Asian and shares many characteristics with the previous one, the Pekingese..
It is also small in size, however, the Shih Tzu can exceed the height and weight of the Pekingese by a few centimeters and kilograms. Another feature that characterizes it is that, unlike the latter, it presents a even longer hair and smooth, giving it a great beauty that has been used in canine beauty contests. Also accepts virtually all colors.
Similar to the Pekingese dog, its character is pretty good and calm with people and other dogs. In addition, he likes to always be by the side of his family, so he usually demands a lot of attention and affection.
Because this breed could be seen for the first time on the American, African and Asian continent, there have always been doubts about its true origin. However, the balance leans more to a Chinese origin, serving at that time as a buzzard. Later, it spread to other parts of the world, including Europe, where it currently serves as a good companion animal and common participant in beauty pageants..
It has a very characteristic physique, since the vast majority of known Chinese crests have hair only in the area of the head, the extremities and the distal part of the tail, revealing a soft and delicate skin in the rest of the body. However, not all Chinese crests are like this, since there is a variety that accepts the presence of hair all over the body. This breed also stands out for its little size and for having erect ears, a fine and straight tail, dark eyes and a prominent snout.
The Chinese crested is usually very lively and unruly, he loves spending time with his family and playing hours with the little ones. However, they also stand out for their shyness with people they do not know and fear of strangers. Hence the need to carry out a good education from when they are small..
We end the list of Asian dogs with the lhasa apso. The data indicate that it appeared for the first time in the Tibet, where it served as a guard dog within numerous Tibetan monasteries.
Its appearance resembles that of an English Sheepdog but small in size, not exceeding 10 kilograms in weight normally. Among the main characteristics of the lhasa apso, we can highlight its long fur, which hangs like fringes along the entire body, covering some areas such as the eyes. They also have a short snout and a furry tail that rests on their back..
Despite being small, this dog has a great character, perhaps because of its origins as a guard dog. Normally it shows very active and loving, but in the face of the unknown, he may be more intimidated and appear aggressive.