Chinese New Year, which occurs today, January 23rd, 2012, marks the beginning of the Year of the Dragon. The Chinese use animals to represent each of their zodiac signs: the ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, pig, rat…and dog. While we won’t be celebrating the Year of the Dog again until 2018 (I would know for my animal sign is the dog), I thought it would still be a good idea to dedicate this week’s “Good Dog” article to dogs of Chinese origin.
The Chinese believe that dogs bring good “yang” energy into our homes. They create bright, positive, active energy and provide us with comfort and security. Dogs even influence Chinese mythology and represent some important symbols of good fortune and protection.
There are at least a dozen dog breeds of Chinese descent – these breeds include:
- Bone-mouth Shar Pei
- Chinese Chongqing Dog
- Chinese Crested Dog
- Chinese Imperial Dog
- Chow Chow
- Formosan Mountain Dog
- Kunming Wolfdog
- Shar Pei
- Shih Tzu
- Xiasi Dog
While I would love to go into detail about every one of these unique breeds, I have chosen to highlight the three most popular ones based on our customers’ opinions. So here it is – the most widely owned Chinese dog breeds are: the Shih Tzu, Pug, and Chinese Crested (Sorry Chow Chow…better luck next year).
To learn more about these amazing dogs, click on the links above. May you have good fortune, prosperity, health, wealth, and happiness.
Until next time…happy BARFing!
Evan Price is a Raw Diet Educator for BARF World Inc. He is a true dog lover at heart with a particular interest in Daschunds. Evan is also an avid sports enthusiast and bridge player. For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for The Intelligent Pet weekly e-zine at www.barfworld.com.