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Chinese Dog Breeds

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

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 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.

What Type of Dog is Best for Me

What Type of Dog is Best for Me?: How to Choose the Perfect Canine Companion

Many potential pet owners ask “what type of dog is best for me?” as they begin the search for a companion. The answer is not a simple one because canines come in so many sizes, colors and temperaments. Every household is a unique situation that may be well suited to one breed but not another. There are a few key areas to look at that can help you narrow down your options to find the best breeds that match your lifestyle.

Can Canine Energy Levels Damage Your Home?

Energy level is one of the first things that should be considered before you adopt. If you have a small yard, live in an urban setting or apartment or simply do not spend much time in the outdoors, then you probably want a low energy pet. Placing a high energy breed such as a herding dog in a confined situation can lead to behavior issues. A dog that has too much pent up energy can become destructive and will cure their boredom by chewing your belongings, scratching doors and potentially damaging your home.

Even if your living space is tight, you can still adopt a higher energy breed. Just keep in mind that if you choose to go this route you will have to make time to exercise the dog properly. Daily walks and separate playtime will be a requirement.

What Natural Behaviors Will Disrupt Your Life?

Behind every breed is a purpose. Humans have identified the specific traits in different dogs and bred them to enhance those traits. While they may be a valuable asset in a working situation, they can be disruptive in your home. For example, the Beagle is prone to baying and is a determined and relentless tracker. This could make life at home difficult as your adorable little Beagle begins making loud noises and attempts to escape you when he or she catches a curious scent.

Do You Have Favorite Dog-Friendly Activities?

Many dog owners want their pet to be an active part of their life. That often includes favorite activities that they would like to share with the dog. Make sure the breed you choose can handle the hobbies you would like to include him or her in. A Shih Tzu is a great companion at home but they aren’t known for their endurance.  If you would like to run a marathon with your dog, look for a pet with more stamina like a hound or herding breed.

How Much Free Time is Available for Your Dog?

It is important to note here that all dogs regardless of size or breed require time. Some require more of it than others.  There are breeds that become very attached to their owners and want to always be by their side while others are more aloof and don’t mind being left alone for short periods. Make sure your schedule and personal preferences match up with the needs of the breed you are considering.

Personal Protection Dogs

How to Find Reliable Personal Protection Dogs

Mankind has used personal protection dogs for thousands of years. The canine possesses many physical traits and abilities that humans do not. They work very well as natural sentries. A dog is not unstoppable, but there are a wide range of breeds that are extremely good at scaring off threats and physically protecting their family and property.

If you feel the need to adopt a dog for protection, then you should be aware of the different ways to find a good quality canine for the job. The last thing you want is to discover that your expensive guard pet isn’t as well trained as the seller claimed he or she would be at the moment that you need to be defended.  The following suggestions can help you learn more about guard and watch dogs that are available in your area.

Check Online Advertisements and Breeder Websites

You should use the most caution when looking for this type of pet on the web. The internet is convenient because it can connect you to sellers all over the world. It’s a great way to get a better selection and to learn more about the breeder before you contact them. The downside is that anyone and everyone can place an ad online and make claims that may or may not be true.

Scrutinize the breeder’s website and have a list of questions ready when you speak to them. It is best to visit the facility to see how the dogs are cared for and what kind of living conditions they are provided as well as to personally witness a demonstration. Also look for reviews online or any comments about the breeder you are considering. Angry customers are more inclined to post negative reviews and comments. No mention isn’t necessarily a red flag, but should be taken into consideration.

Talk to a Trainer or Related Organization

A good trainer has an interest in steering people in the right direction when it comes to adopting a canine for any purpose. Find an expert in guard dog training in your area and ask for advice and recommendations. If you have trouble locating someone close by, try the internet again to find the nearest professionals and see who they suggest. You may have to travel a little further, but it will be worth it to get a reliable, well-trained guard dog.

Speak to Law Enforcement

Those in law enforcement often have experience working with trained canines. Those that don’t can probably direct you to someone who does. Contact your local police station or other law enforcement agency that has a K-9 unit. Ask where they get their working dogs. They may have multiple recommendations that you can rely on. Police officers require a companion who is fully trained and capable of handling potentially violent and risky situations. These organizations will only work with the best breeders. While law enforcement will require a dog that is more offensive than you are probably looking for, you can still get a good lead on a breeder that offers a personal protection dog for individuals.

Trained Dogs for Sale

Trained Dogs for Sale: Tips for Buying a Healthy Working Pup

Some pet owners choose to skip the time consuming task of educating their canine on their own and instead look for trained dogs for sale. This may be a good way to get a dog that fits easily into your lifestyle or serves a purpose you need addressed right now. It is important to remember to do your research before you choose a pet. When you go in with the right knowledge and questions, you may come out with the perfect companion or working dog!

Know the Breeder’s History and Ethics

Backyard breeders are often easy to identify and usually do not offer training. Still, it is vital to know where the dog came from before you adopt it, no matter how old or young it may be. A reputable breeder will care for their animals and will strive to pair only the finest males and females to produce high quality puppies. These will be dogs that are an ideal example of their breed in terms of temperament, physical appearance and overall health. If you are looking for a trained herding dog, gun dog or any other type of canine, ask those who are involved.  Get recommendations from fellow hunters or herders and use their experience to make a better choice.

See the Dog in Action

Don’t take the breeder’s word for it. Ask to see the dog in action. Whether you intend to herd, protect, hunt or search with the canine, make sure you are convinced that he or she can perform the task effectively. There are many different types of training that a dog can go through, and they all have two things in common: time and cost. Hours will be spent educating the dog using proper humane techniques so you get a reliable companion who can do what you are paying for it to do. Make sure the canine lives up to the breeder’s claims.

It’s also important to note that the dog should be trained for the specific task as advertised.  For example, a personal defense dog should be trained to handle an assault by another person. Dogs that are trained by being hit with a harmless stick will not react effectively in a real life situation. The canine will follow its training and assume that the intruder will not carry anything that could actually hurt it and will likely wind up injured or worse should the time come to defend you.

If It Sounds Too Good to be True…

When browsing trained dogs for sale, you will see many breeds. That’s because many are good at similar tasks. Some unethical breeders may try to push you into a sale or up the price because they claim the dog can do many things. Most trained canines are well versed in a certain area, but not good in all potential areas. If the breeder sounds like they are trying to sell some kind of super dog, then you should probably look elsewhere.

Different Types of Dogs

The Different Types of Dogs: Understanding Canine Groups

You don’t have to know many different types of dogs to appreciate what a canine can bring to your life. While some prefer to go to a shelter or new litter and see which pets stand out to them, it is important to understand the different types and the characteristics of each breed that falls within them. The following groups are based on the official list recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC).

Sporting Dogs

The Sporting group features a collection of breeds that are utilized in small game and bird hunting. This type includes canines with a variety of temperaments and adaptations. Anyone interested in adopting a sporting dog will find everything from American Water Spaniels to English Setters and German Shorthaired Pointers.


Hounds should not be confused with the Sporting group even though they serve a similar purpose. Breeds in this category were bred for hunting and are excellent scent trackers. They can follow the trail of their prey and show relentless determination and a high level of stamina while working. This group includes the English Foxhound, Beagle and Bloodhound.

Working Dogs

It would be unfair to say that breeds that do not fall under the Working group do not perform any kind of actual work. In fact many of the other groups include breeds that serve a valuable purpose. This group is reserved for larger canines that perform jobs, such as search and rescue, guarding and messenger work. The AKC recognizes the Alaskan Malamute, Newfoundland, Doberman, Boxer, Golden Retriever and many more as members of the Working group.


Most breeds in the Terrier group are smaller in size but were still bred for an important task. This type of canine is skilled at hunting rodents and pests such as rats, mice, rabbits, weasels, foxes and otters. Owners would train them to enter holes and flush prey out. The word “terrier” is taken from the Latin word “terra,” which means “earth.” A few breeds in this group are large enough to be used as guard dogs. Popular examples include the Airedale Terrier, Scottish Terrier and Skye Terrier.


The Toy group contains the tiniest of all canines. These breeds are very small and are generally considered lap dogs. Some have been around since ancient times, where they provided companionship for their masters. A few were bred to be smaller versions of a larger hunting dog. Well-known toy breeds include the Chihuahua, Maltese and Pomeranian.

Non-Sporting Dogs

The Non-Sporting group is extremely varied and easily the most diverse of all breed groupings. This category includes many different types of dogs in a wide range of sizes that were bred for unique purposes. The AKC and CKC (Canadian Kennel Club) recognize the Non-Sporting group but other countries do not. Examples of AKC Non-Sporting dogs include the Bulldog, Dalmatian, American Eskimo and Chow Chow.

Herding Dogs

The Herding group is very popular, especially in rural regions. This collection of breeds includes high energy dogs that were made for controlling and guarding livestock. Although they had a defined purpose, many herding canines are favored today as family pets. This group includes breeds like the Australian Shepherd, Bearded Collie and Welsh Corgi.