Ancient breed from China used as hunting and guard dogs. Known for their blue-black tongue and lion-like mane.
Stocky, muscular build. Fluffy coat in colors like red, black, blue. Distinctive scowling expression.
Independent, dignified, serious. Loyal to family. Suspicious of strangers. Require patient, consistent training.
Moderate energy levels. Need 30-60 minutes exercise daily. Respond best to positive reinforcement training techniques.
Require frequent brushing and bathing. Sensitive to heat. Shed seasonally.
Prone to hip dysplasia, eye problems. Lifespan 8-12 years.
Adapt well to any home. Prefer cool climates. Need space for exercise.