Asian dog breeds do you know them?

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Asian dog breeds are varied and today are distributed worldwide. The appearance and personality of these canine specimens are multiple, some of them could become the dog you are looking for! Discover here the main dogs from Asia and their characteristics.

Index of contents

  • 1 Shar pei
  • 2 Tibet Bulldog
  • 3 Japanese terrier
  • 4 Chow chow
  • 5 Akita
  • 6 Shiba
  • 7 Japanese spitz
  • 8 Shih Tzu
  • 9 Pekingese
  • 10 Pug
  • 11 Other Asian Dog Breeds

Shar pei

It is a Chinese dog from the Kwun Tung province, where it was raised as a guardian and hunter. It is among the medium Asian dog breeds, as it measures between 44 and 51 centimeters at the withers.

You will recognize the shar pei by the multiple folds that form on its skin and its flat face. The coat is very short and hard, in solid colors like sand and brindle. It is a loyal, affectionate dog with a calm personality.

  • Characteristics and temperament of Shar Pei dogs

Japanese terrier

It appeared in Japan during the 17th century, as a result of crosses between fox terriers from the Netherlands. It is found among small Asian dog breeds, as it measures a maximum of 33 centimeters at the withers.

The Japanese terrier has an active and playful temperament. The coat is short and shiny, a combination of black and white with reddish spots.

Chow chow

Chow chow is an ancient Chinese dog, since it has been bred for 2000 years. It is a large breed It is characterized by a solid, muscular and strong body, with a large truffle and a flat face.

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If you are attracted to furry dogs, the chow chow has a dense and lionine mantle, because it has a mane around its head; some varieties also develop short fur. Its colors are black, red, tawny, cream and white, always pure.

  • Complete information on the Chow Chow breed


One of the best-known Japanese dog breeds is the Akita, a large dog that started breeding in 1600. It nearly disappeared during World War II, but some breeders saved it from extinction.

The Akita measures between 61 and 67 centimeters at the withers. It has an upright head, firm legs and a curled tail towards the back. The coat is double, hard and dense, it appears in brindle, reddish or white combinations. His personality is usually calm and docile.

  • How is the character of an Akita?


The shiba dog It has an appearance similar to Akita, but it is older and is currently considered a natural monument in Japan. It is a small, muscular and strong-boned dog.

The shiba is loyal and vivacious, you will have fun with him on walks and outings to the park. Its coat is double, smooth and hard, it occurs in combinations of white and gold, white and red, black and red, among others.

  • Characteristics of the Shiba breed

Japanese Spitz

Japanese spitz

This variety of spitz emerged in Japan from 1920, after crossing dogs from the country with German spitz. It is a robust, energetic and strong dog, excellent as a pet due to his intelligent and calm personality.

The coat of the spitz is double, short, dense and soft, abundant and delicate on the tail. It only appears in a pure white shade.

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Pekingese is another small Chinese breed, used as a companion dog. It is distinguished by its short body with short, thick legs, as well as a large head. He is independent and curious.

The coat of the Pekingese is long and abundant, even over the eyes, so needs special care to avoid knots and not impede the mobility of the dog. The coat appears in all colors, even with spots.

  • Pekingese dog behavior and care


Also called pug or pug, the pug is native to China, hence it spread and began to breed in the Netherlands and England. It is a small breed with a plump appearance, proportionate legs for its size and a face with various folds.

This breed is characterized by being playful and vivacious, shows a lot of joy. Its coat is short and shiny, it appears in black, sand or apricot, in combination with a black mask from the muzzle to the ears.

  • Pug breed characteristics

Other Asian Dog Breeds

In addition to the mentioned dogs, there are other varieties of Asian origin, such as the following:

  • Cough
  • Hokkaido
  • Kai
  • Kishu
  • Shikoku
  • Taiwan dog
  • Korean jindo dog
  • Thai ridgeback
  • Chinese crested dog
  • Tibetan spaniel
  • Tibetan terrier
  • Lhasa apso
  • Japanese spaniel