Chinese Foo Dog
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Chinese Foo Dog
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History The Chinese Foo Dog is a Spitz-type ancient dog that originated in China. Dogs of this breed were used for guarding Buddhist temples. These dogs resemble lions, which Buddhists regard as sacred animals. Originally, this breed was named the Dog of Fo because "Fo" is the Chinese term for "Buddha".
There are several theories regarding the development of the Chinese Foo Dog. Some say that this breed was formed by crossing the ancient Chow Chow with northern European hunting dogs. Another theory is that the Chinese Foo Dog may be the missing link between the Chow Chow and the Chinese Wolf.
When the breed was renamed as the Chinese Foo Dog, it is said that the name was derived from the city of Foochow, which is now known as Minhow. Through the years, Chinese Foo Dogs have been used for herding, hunting, and sledding. These dogs also make good watchdogs. Dogs of this breed are protected and promoted by the International Chinese Foo Dog Association and the Chinese Foo Dog Club of America.
Appearance The Chinese Foo Dog has a compact body with muscular loins, well-sprung ribs, and a moderately broad, deep chest. These dogs have a straight, black nose, and almond-shaped, dark brown eyes. The ears of these dogs are set high on their head and are erect and firm when they are alert. They have strong, white teeth that meet in a scissors bite. Their legs are straight, firm, and powerful, and they have small, round paws with thick pads and slightly closed toes. The tail of these dogs is set high, curled, and is carried over their back. Usually, their tail is left naturally, although there are some breeders who dock the tails to give emphasis on the stocky look of the dogs.
Colours The acceptable coat colours for Chinese Foo Dogs include black, blue, black and tan, brown and blue, fawn, orange, red, cream and sable, sable, and wolfgray. These dogs may also have some white markings.
Temperament These dogs are active, alert, agile, courageous, and strong. They are great as guarding dogs and are efficient at protecting their family's property. These dogs are playful and can get along well with other children. Although they are even-tempered, Chinese Foo Dogs do not back down when they are challenged. These dogs are energetic and may have the tendency to be domineering. When trained properly, though, these dogs can make great family pets.
Weight Dogs of this breed come in three categories: toy, miniature, and standard. Toy Chinese Foo Dogs have a height of 10 inches or less and a weight of up to 20 pounds. Miniature Chinese Foo Dogs are 10 to 15 inches high and weigh 21 to 50 pounds. Standard Chinese Foo Dogs are more than 15 inches high and weigh more than 50 pounds.
Problems Chinese Foo Dogs have no known genetic health problems.
Living Conditions Toy and miniature Chinese Foo Dogs can be kept inside apartments just as long as they are provided with adequate exercise. Standard Chinese Foo Dogs, on the other hand, should be kept outdoors because they are fairly inactive when indoors.
Requirements These dogs need much exercise. It's advisable for owners to play with their dogs and to take them out for long walks daily.
Training Requirements Being highly intelligent, Chinese Foo Dogs are quick to learn. It is very important for owners to know how to train these dogs properly. These dogs need to be trained for obedience and must be socialized well at an early age.
Life Expectancy Dogs of this breed can live for as long as 10 to 12 years.
Grooming Chinese Foo Dogs need to be groomed regularly. Their coat should be combed, their nails should be trimmed, and general cleaning of their other body parts is advisable.
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