Chinese Foo DOg
(aka: Sacred Dog of Sin kiang, Chinese Choo Hunting Dog, Chinese Temple Forest Dog, Chinese T'ien Kou (Chinese Celestial Dog), or Chinese Lung-Kou (Chinese Dragon Dog)
Chinese Foo Description
The Chinese Foo dog is compact and has a square profile. It comes in three sizes: Toy, Miniature or Standard. It has a moderately broad head with pricked ears and the tail is carried over its back (like other Spitz family members). Their chest is deep and moderately broad with a short, powerful and compact body, well-sprung ribs, and short, wide, muscular loins.
It has a broad wedge shaped heal and the muzzle and back of the skull look to be of equal length when regarded from the side. The stop isn't large, but it is clearly defined. The nose is straight and usually black in color. Its ears are set high and are firm and erect when on alert. They are rather small considering the size of the dog, and are rounded at the tips.
The Chinese Foo has wonderfully strong teeth that meet in a snug scissors or reverse scissors bite. Its mouth and tongue may be blue/black or pink/red. Eyes are usually dark brown, not protruding and are almond in shape. They are bright, showing their intelligence, fearlessness and inquiring nature.
The Chinese Foo sports a very strong neck that is muscular with a slight arch as well as muscular and sloping shoulders.
Their legs are straight and powerful, firm and moderate in length. Pasterns upright or slightly bent.
The Chinese Foo is not recommended for first time dog owners. This breed is friendly, devoted, and courageous. They are mild-mannered and docile, yet assertive when necessary. They are suspicious of strangers and will defend their family, property, and territory when threatened. Chinese Foo's are family oriented and thrive on attention and interaction. They do well with children, dogs, and other household pets they have been raised with.
The Chinese Foo requires brushing on a regular and consistent basis to keep it from getting tangled. Because of their thick coats, you may find a comb works better than a brush. Bathing should be done when necessary.
The Chinese Foo is a spitz type dog that hails originally from China who was bred for guarding Buddhist temples, and can be dated back to antiquity.
The naming of this dog is extremely significant to the Buddhist religion. The Chinese Foo looks like a lion, which is a sacred animal to Buddhists. The Chinese word for Buddha is Fo, which led to the original name - the Dog of Fo.
It is said the Chinese Foo Dog came to be through a crossing of Northern European hunting dogs and that of the ancient Chow Chow from the barren steppes of Mongolia. Another belief is the Chinese Foo Dog is perhaps the missing link between the Chinese Wolf and the Chow Chow.
The Chinese Foo is from China, and probably gets its name from the city of Foochow (now Minhow) in southeast China. This multi-talented breed has been used as a herding and hunting dog as well as a sledding and watchdog throughout its history.
The Chinese Foo Dog is the mascot of the Tongs who believe it brings good luck. The Tong is a Chinese fraternity and the oldest secret cult in the world. The Tong bred and kept this dog as a symbol of its organization.
The Chinese Foo is intelligent and quick to learn. Early socialization and obedience are required. This breed is often difficult to manage and is domineering. Chinese Foo's will not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with respect, firmness, fairness, and consistency.
The Foo is an independent thinker, meaning you may get compliance some of the time, but not always obedience. This improves with age and training. You may want to consider crate training for your Chinese Foo, this can really benefit this breed of dog.
The Chinese Foo Dog is not associated with any major health issues. However, due to its size, it's susceptible to develop problems with its bones and joints.