The Dog Breeds of Asia
The Asian countries were some of the first to domesticate dogs and use them in daily tasks throughout their lives. From hunting to keep crops clear of rodents to helping to steer livestock. The jobs of the Asian dog breeds were plentiful, keeping them busy throughout the day.
One such example of an Asian dog breed is the Tibetan mastiff. Large and imposing, they were bred to guard monasteries. It was also used to guard their flocks from predators, such as wolves and leopards. They can be quite aloof of strangers but can be very protective of their family when strangers enter the home. They are more nocturnal than most dogs, sleeping throughout most of the day in order to be alert at night. Although quite intelligent, they can be stubborn to a fault, so patience and a steady hand is required with training. It’s certainly not a breed that a novice dog owner should have.
The Lhasa Apso bred as an indoor monastery dog, they were kept inside to warn the monks of intruders, due to their very keen sense of hearing. They’re fiercely loyal and are typically very aware of strangers. Obedience training is required to curtail them from becoming aggressive towards those they don’t know. Eager to please their owners, they are quite independent and almost completely fearless. They take to discipline quite well with a calm and assertive nature.
The Tibetan Terrier, also known as the good luck dog, has been around for centuries. They were never sold and were only presented as gifts to others in order to bring good fortune into their lives. It’s their temperament that is their most attractive quality, as they are quite amiable and affectionate. They are quite fitting as watch dogs, given their reservations around strangers, but they tend to never show aggression or shyness around them. They are quite clever, and their high energy levels require a moderate amount of exercise, which makes them perfect for agility sports.
The Japanese Spitz was bred to be a watchdog, but also serve quite well as a companion animal. They have a tendency to bark when strangers arrive at the door, but thrive on human contact and attention once introductions have been made. Fiercely loyal, they are quite active dogs that enjoy being outdoors. They are very loving, especially towards children, and obedient when told what to do.
Asian dog breeds tended to focus on both function and companionship, so that human could have both an alarm and a friend in their time of need. Given that Asia was one of the first continents to start domesticating dogs for their purposes, it’s a given that their history with canines has been much longer, and so were more focused on furthering this relationship with their animals.