Chinese Foo

AKC Group: Not recognized

This spitz type breed was bred to guard ancient Buddhist temples. They look like mini lions, a sacred animal to Buddhists. Buddha in Chinese is Fo, and originally these dogs were named the Dog of Fo. The Chinese Foo is believed to have come from either a crossing of Northern European hunting dogs and the Chow Chow or is the missing link between the Chinese Wolf and the Chow Chow. The Chinese Foo is the mascot of the Tongs (a Chinese fraternity and the oldest secret cult in the world).

Size: There are 3 sizes: Toy — 10 inches or less and weigh up to 20 pounds; Miniature — 1o to 15 inches and 21 to 50 pounds; Standard — Over 15 inches tall and over 51 pounds.

Color: Amy shade or combination of black; black & tan; brown & blue; blue cream & sable; red (light gold to mahogany); orange; fawn (yellow-cream to brown); sable; wolf gray (medium gray to silver). A small amount of white markings on any colored coat is allowed.

Life span: 10 to 12 years

Health problems: The standard size may develop bone or joint problems.

The Chinese Foo is a square, compact-looking dog. The breed head has erect ears and the tails curl upwards over the back. They have deep chests and compact legs. Their ears are set high and rather small for the size of the dog. The Chinese Foo have strong teeth that meet in a snug scissor or reverse scissor bite. Eyes are almond-shaped and often dark brown.

If this is your first time owning a dog, a Chinese Foo will probably be too overwhelming for you. A Chinese Foo is assertive when they need to be, overly suspicious of strangers and extra defensive when they feel they need to be. Chinese Foo are friendly dogs deep down inside. They are devoted to their family and have endless courage. With their family, they are mild-mannered and docile; they thrive on the attention they receive. They do well with children, other dogs and companion animals that they’ve been raised with.

The beautiful Chinese Foo coat needs regular combing to keep it tangle-free. (The coat is too thick for a brush to be effective.) Bathing should be kept to the bare minimum. The Chinese Foo is an intelligent dog that learns quickly. Early socialization and obedience are a must. Without these skills, a Chinese Foo reverts back to domineering and will be difficult to manage. They will not respond to harshness or heavy-handed tactics. To reach them (and elicit cooperation), you’ll need to be respectful, firm, fair and consistent. The older your Foo gets, the more he’ll mellow with his independent thinking (they tend to act like cats; they hear you but may not comply). Crate training can work wonders with the Chinese Foo.

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