Can You Guess Which Dog Breeds Came From China?

We Bet At Least One Will Surprise!

By Justyne Yuen-Lee

It’s the Year of the Dog!

Happy Chinese New Year to all! The myth of the Chinese Zodiac tells how the Jade Emperor of the Heavens organized a race, challenging that the first twelve animals to cross the river would be granted a spot on the zodiac calendar. The winners were: the rat, the ox, the tiger, the rabbit, the dragon, the snake, the horse, the sheep, the monkey, the rooster, the dog, and the pig!

This year is the Year of the Dog and to celebrate, Get Leashed has rounded up some dog breeds that originate from China. Some may surprise you!

The Japanese Chin!

Credit: Instagram / @juntowa

The name might be a little confusing since it has “Japanese” in it, but it is widely believed that this dog originated in China. Chinese or Korean royalty may have gifted Japan with two dogs, and Japanese royalty kept them as companions ever since!

The Lhasa Apso!

Credit: Instagram / @lhasa_apso_off_jodeys_home

The Lhasa Apso originated from Tibet and was a royal watchdog!  These dogs believe they are big dogs since they were originally bred and trained to be fearsome watchdogs.This makes them dedicated protectors! A delightful bonus is that you can braid their beautiful locks!

The Pug!

Credit: Instagram / @otisthepugwalsh

Whaaaat? The adorable pug is from China? Europeans brought pugs home from China and the breed’s popularity spread across the continent.  Originally, pugs were bred to be lapdogs for Chinese royalty.

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