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Breeds Around The World – Asia

In this blog we take a look at some of the awesome breeds that originate in Asia.

Lhasa Apso –

This glamorous dog originates in Tibet and was bred in Buddhist monasteries to alert the monks to any intruders. ‘Lhasa’ is the capital city of Tibet, and the word ‘Apso’ translates to ‘bearded’. In Tibet, the breed is known as ‘Apso Seng Kyi’ which translates to ‘Bearded Lion Dog’. The breed was domesticated as early as 800 BC which would make the breed one of the oldest recognised in the world.

Fun fact – Dougal in ‘The Magic Roundabout’ is a Lhasa Apso.

Chow Chow

The Chow Chow is a breed originally from Northern China. Locally, it is referred to as the ‘Songshi Quan’ which means ‘puffy-lion dog’. The breed is easily recognised by its dense double coat and unusual blue-black/purple tongue.

Fun Fact – Famous Chow Chow owners include Sigmund Freud, Elvis Presley, Janet Jackson and Mario Balotelli.


This small but sturdy breed was brought from China to Europe and popularised by wealthy and noble families in the sixteenth century. Pugs were initially bred in China to act as companions to ruling families. They were valued so highly by Chinese emperors, that they lived a life of luxury and would often be guarded by soldiers.

Fun Fact – A group of Pugs is called a ‘Grumble’.

Shiba Inu

This handsome breed originates from Japan, where it was bred for hunting. World War II saw the near extinction of the bred due to food shortages and a post-war distemper epidemic. All remaining Shiba Inu’s where bred from the only three remaining blood line.

Fun Fact – This is the breed behind the famous ‘Doge’ meme.

Buddies Pet Insurance - Dog Breeds Around The World - AsiaShih Tzu

This small breed, which is also known as the ‘Chrysanthemum dog’ is said to have originated in Tibet, then further developed in other regions within China. The Shih Tzu comes in a range of colours that include various shades of gold, white, brown, and black. The breed can also be distinguished by its under-bite which is a required breed standard.

Fun Fact – famous Shih Tzu owners include Beyoncé, Bill Gates, Mariah Carey, Colin Farell, Geri Halliwell and even the Queen.

Japanese Chin

The Japanese Chin, which is a small toy breed, is also known as the Japanese Spaniel. The specific origin for the Japanese chin is still argued to this day, with Koreans, Japanese and Chinese all making a claim. Historically, dogs bred in Japan are done so for working purposes. The Japanese Chin however was bred as a companion dog and each noble house bred to its own standards, resulting in current variations to the breed.

Fun Fact – Sharon Osbourne was proud fur-mum to Japanese Chin Maggie, who starred alongside her in the reality TV show ‘The Osbournes’.

Do you own or breed a native Asian breed? We would love to hear from you. Email us at Hello@ Buddies.co.uk.

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