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Chinese Dog Breeds

Friday, March 22, 2013 @ 11:03 PM  posted by Dog Breeds Info

The Appeal of Chinese Dog Breeds

Just like canines from any other part of the globe, Chinese dog breeds are very unique and possess individual traits that make them stand out. There are a few very popular breeds from this Asian country as well as some lesser-known that might make a great pet for your family.

The Shar Pei

Shar PeiWith its heavy wrinkles and tightly curled tail, the Shar Pei is unmistakable. Its name translates to mean “sand skin” which accurately describes the dog’s coarse, rough coat. In 1978, this breed was labeled the worlds’ rarest. It wasn’t until 1991 that the American Kennel Club (AKC) recognized the Shar Pei as an official breed.

There are actually different types of Shar Pei, both of which share their trademark blue-black tongue. The western version can have a brush, horse or bear coat. The traditional Chinese Shar Pei has fewer wrinkles, stands taller and has a flatter nose and mouth. This breed requires proper socialization from a young age. They can be very strong willed and often act territorial but also show love and affection to the families who adopt them.

The Chinese Crested Dog

The Chinese Crested Dog is another breed that is easy to identify because of its unusual appearance. This canine can be born hairless. Those that fall into the furless category actually have long hair on their paws, tail and head (which gives them the “crested” appearance) while the rest of the body is bare. A Powderpuff version also exists which is covered entirely in a long coat. A female Chinese Crested can have both types of puppy in the same litter.

Compact size makes this breed ideal for homes with less space, such as condos and apartments. The Chinese Crested does not like to be left alone for long and is a very playful and friendly companion for individuals of all ages. They are also very willing to please and respond best to positive reinforcement when training.

The Shih Tzu

shih tzuThe Shih Tzu was bred in China but has become a popular breed in many other countries. They are recognizable by their small size and flat face. A purebred Shih Tzu will have large eyes that are dark in color and a double coat. A height of less than 10.5 inches is average with a weight of between 10 to 16 pounds for an adult.

Many families have fallen in love with the Shih Tzu’s gentle personality. The dog is very loyal and personable. Although they are not intimidating to look at, they will make noise to alert the family of strangers. They are generally friendly with children, visitors and other pets.

While the Shih Tzu sounds like a great companion animal, potential owners should learn about potential health problems that are common with this breed. Immune system issues that lead to hypothyroidism can cause weight gain, hair loss and lethargy but can be treated with medication. The breed is also prone to breathing problems because of its face shape. As long as new owners adopt from reputable breeders and know the risks, the Shih Tzu can be one of the most appealing Chinese dog breeds available.

Japanese Dog Breeds

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 12:03 AM  posted by Dog Breeds Info

The Many Japanese Dog Breeds:

Most Japanese dog breeds feature a distinctive appearance that canine admirers all over the world have come to love. You don’t have to live in Japan to have access to many of these popular canines. Just like breeds from any other country, each features its own list of unique traits and abilities that should be reviewed before deciding to take one into any home.

The Akita

AkitaThe Akita hails from northern Japan. There are two different types available today, including the Akita Inu and American Akita.  The American version is accepted in a variety of colors including solid white, white masked, black masked, brindle and those with different colored guard hairs. The Akita Inu, or Japanese Akita, are only accepted in sesame, fawn, red, pure white, brindle and with Urajiro markings which are similar to those seen on the Shiba Inu. This alert and devoted breed is loving with its family but territorial with strangers.

Japanese Chin

Japanese ChinThe Japanese Chin is a small dog, coming to a mere 8 to 11 inches tall on average.  They weigh anywhere from 3 to 15 pounds, usually falling into the 7 to 9 pound range. This unique little dog has a large head with wide eyes and a short muzzle. Its ears feature wispy feathering that gives it a charming appearance that almost looks playful. The Chin is often described as cat-like because it is independent and often uses its paws to clean its face.

Shiba Inu

Shiba InuShiba Inus are handsomely featured dogs that are smaller in size. They are agile, which allows them to maneuver in the mountainous terrain that is found throughout their homeland. This breed weighs between 17 and 23 pounds on average and grows a thick double coat. There are a variety of colors including cream, black and tan, sesame, buff, red and those with a grey undercoat. A white or cream colored Shiba Inu coat is considered a fault by the American Kennel Club and should not be bred. This breed has a strong prey drive and can become dog aggressive if not properly trained and socialized.

Tosa

Tosa inuThe Tosa has a look that is completely different from other Japanese dog breeds. This canine is rare and is not be easy to come by in most regions. The average Tosa weighs 80 to 136 pounds and was designed specifically for fighting. It can have a brindle, red or fawn colored coat. Dull black versions have been found but this is very uncommon.

Anyone interested in adopting a Tosa should be aware that the breed is outlawed in many regions. The United Kingdom regulates this type of canine under the Dangerous Dogs Act of 1991.  Owners can obtain an exemption from the British court to import or own the Tosa legally. It is also banned in New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, Denmark, Norway, Iceland,  Turkey, Malta, Cyprus and the city of Dublin. Whether adopting a Japanese breed or one from any other country, potential owners should look into the training needs  and any potential legal concerns associated with the canine before bringing it home.