50 Names for Asian Dog Breeds

If you want to find a fitting name for your Asian dog breed, check out these 50 choices.

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Dogs have played an important role in Asia for thousands of years. In fact, scientists now believe that the earliest domesticated dogs appeared in eastern Asia. Like dogs from other continents, each of the Asian breeds was developed for a specific purpose, usually as either a hunter/guardian or as a companion.

In Tibet, for example, the large Tibetan mastiff was used to guard monasteries, while the little Lhasa apso remained indoors, alerting the monks and the mastiffs at the approach of any menacing stranger.

Royalty also prized these dog breeds. In China, commoners could be sentenced to death if they were found in possession of a Pekingese or pug. These little dogs were often transported in the large sleeves of the Chinese Imperial Household and treated like royalty themselves.

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Chinese dog breeds include:

  • shih tzu
  • Lhaso apso
  • Tibetan mastiff
  • Tibetan terrier
  • pug
  • shar-pei
  • Pekingese
  • Chinese crested
  • Tibetan spaniel
  • chow chow

Japanese breeds include:

  • Akita
  • Japanese Chin
  • Japanese Spitz
  • Shiba Inu
  • Ainu
  • Japanese terrier

25 Names for Chinese Breeds

  1. Yin
  2. Yang
  3. Foo
  4. Chin
  5. Mao
  6. Ping
  7. Sherpa
  8. Yak
  9. Mao
  10. Chin
  11. Siam
  12. Panda
  13. Bamboo
  14. Wonton
  15. Manchu
  16. Taro
  17. Tao
  18. Chang
  19. Ling
  20. Huang
  21. Hung
  22. Yuan
  23. Xaing
  24. Lo Shen
  25. Dragon

25 Names for Japanese Dogs

  1. Geisha
  2. Sushi
  3. Yen
  4. Lotus
  5. Kimono
  6. Wasabi
  7. Miso
  8. Totoro
  9. Bonsai
  10. Haiku
  11. Hiroshi
  12. Akira
  13. Bento
  14. Jiro
  15. Wonton
  16. Kimono
  17. Karma
  18. Tofu
  19. Zen
  20. Mu Lan
  21. Saki
  22. Komodo
  23. Yoko
  24. Yoshi
  25. Sumo
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