Asian Breeds

Chow Chow (Smooth Coat)Chow Chow (Smooth Coat)

Asian breeds are among our earliest Companion Dogs. This section includes pages on the Asian companion dogs, the Shih Tzu, the Lhasa Apso and Tibetan Terrier, with the fourth Tibetan breed, the Tibetan Spaniel, already dealt with in our Toy Group in Australia. This section is still under construction but will include a page on the Chow Chow and the Shar Pei.

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Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apso and Tibetan Terrier

The introduction of Buddhism into China in 500 A.D. and its equivalent, Lamaism into Tibet in 632 A.D. brought with it the development of the three breeds we shall consider here. All three breeds were based upon grave statues and spiritual lion-dogs which date as far back as Chinese history itself. »» Read more...

 Shar Pei

Chow Chow and Shar Pei

The common Chinese origin of the Chow Chow and Shar Pei is indisputable. But the Chow Chow has enjoyed a continuous development as a pure breed whereas the Shar Pai did not. Additionally the difference in coat suggests the Chow Chow originally probably developed in the cold North and Western parts of China with a connection with the Esquimaux Dog ... »» Read more...