Chinese Foo Dog

Chinese Foo Dog

Chinese Foo Dog At a Glance

Country of Origin:


Breed Group:


Small to Medium. Weight: Toy: 10-20; miniature: 21-50; standard: 51 and more lbs. Height: Toy: 10; miniature: 10-15; standard: 15-18 inches


Double-coated. Thick, coarse and straight.


Black and Tan, Blue, Black, Blue and Brown, Fawn, Red, Orange, Cream and Sable, Wolf Gray

Life Span:

10 to 12 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level
Barking Tendencies
Cat Friendly
Cold Weather Tolerance
Exercise Needs
General Health
Grooming Needs
Hot Weather Tolerance
Kid Friendly
Shedding Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability

Did You Know?

This breed is also called the Chinese Temple Forest Dog, the Chinese Choo Hunting Dog, the Chinese T'ien Kou (Chinese Celestial Dog) and the Chinese Lung- Kou (Chinese Dragon Dog).

Breed Group: Not AKC Recognized



Chinese Foo Dog Overview

This versatile dog breed originated in China where they were used for herding, hunting, sledding and as watchdogs. Chinese Foos are used as guardians of Buddhist temples and are considered sacred in the Buddhist religion. The Chinese Foo is the mascot of the oldest secret sect in the world, known as the Tongs. They believe that the Chinese Foo brings good fortune.

Chinese Foo Dog Characteristics

This is an energetic, hardy and brave dog breed. The Chinese Foo has a lion-like appearance. This dog breed is sturdy, compact and squarely built. The Chinese Foo is extremely dignified and has a regal and dignified appearance.

Chinese Foo Dog Temperament

This dog breed is not recommended for first time dog owners. The Chinese Foo is sociable, devoted and brave. This breed is mild-mannered and docile, but can be assertive when necessary. The Chinese Foo is wary of strangers and will protect their family, property and territory if threatened. Chinese Foos are family oriented and thrives on attention and human interaction. They do well with children, other dogs, cats and other pets, especially those they were raised with.

Toy Fox Terrier


Chinese Foo Dog Care

This dog breed requires a fair amount of grooming. The Chinese Foo should be brushed on a regular and consistent basis. Bathing should be done when necessary. This dog breed has no documented health issues.

Chinese Foo Dog Coat

This dog breed has a weather-resistant double coat. The outer coat of the Chinese Foo is thick, coarse and straight. The under coat is soft and dense.


Chinese Foo Dog Training

This dog breed is intelligent and quick to learn. Early socialization and obedience are required. This breed is often difficult to manage and is domineering. Chinese Foos do not respond well to harsh or forceful training techniques. Training should be performed with respect, firmness, fairness and consistency.


Chinese Foo Dog Activity

This dog breed adapts well to well in a city or apartment environment, provided they are sufficiently exercised and stimulated. The Chinese Foo Dog does best with a securely fenced yard or safe rural setting where they are able to play off-lead.

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