Chinese Foo Dog

Description

The Chinese Food Dog is a massive breed with strong features. Its large and rounded head are its signature characteristic. The ears are short and set high on the head and rounded at the tip. The nose and the area surrounding are dark. The eyes are very small. Its double coat features a topcoat that is coarse and thick and an undercoat that is much softer and smoother. The coat naturally repels water. The tail is set high and curls over the side of the back. Its body is compact with muscular front and hind legs. The chest is broad and deep.

Temperament

Despite its size, the Chinese Foo Dog is an excellent indoor pet. It does not become destructive when left alone indoors. The breed is full of energy and treats family members with affection. It was developed for hunting purposes and exhibits companion behavior. It responds well to training and is easily socialized. It is playful and does well with children. It is an even-tempered breed, but it will not back down when confronted. It is brave and will effectively guard its family property.

Height and Weight

The shortest Chinese Foo Dog (Toy) measures about 10 inches. The tallest of the breed stands about 15 inches tall.The Chinese Foo Dog weighs between 20-50 pounds.

Health Problems

The Chinese Foo Dog is not associated with any major health problems. As with most dogs its size, it is susceptible to develop problems with its bones and joints.

Ideal Living Conditions

The smaller types of the Chinese Foo Dog (Toy and Miniature) will do fine in an apartment. The larger types can weigh as much as 50 pounds and should be kept outdoors since they have the tendency to become inactive.

Exercise

The Chinese Foo Dog is a relatively active breed. If it stays outdoors it should obtain sufficient exercise. Indoor types tend to be inactive and require more exercise.

Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy of the Chinese Foo Dog is 10-12 years.

Litter Size

An average of 4 puppies

Grooming

The unique coat of the Chinese Foo Dog requires regular maintenance. A brush may not prove to be the best grooming tool to use. Gently combing the coat will prevent it from becoming tangled. General cleaning of the other parts of the body is recommended.

Origin

The Chinese Foo Dog, known by various names, is believed to have originated in China around 208 BC.

Group

Spitz, Northern

Color

Many Chinese Foo dogs are a shade of brown (usually tan or sable). However, varying shades of red and gray any combination of these as well as those mentioned previously is acceptable. A modest amount of white markings is also acceptable.