Asian Dog Names: Unique and Charming Names For Dog Breeds From Asia

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Emily Young
Written by Emily Young

Having a canine companion of Asian breed is a great joy in life. Not only are these Asian dogs cute, loyal, and reliable, but they’re also extremely adorable. And whether you have a small Shih Tzu or a huge Tibetan Mastiff, don’t you think Asian dog names are the most fitting name choices for your lovable pet?

Giving your pet an Asian-inspired name is a way to honor your pet’s breed legacy. More importantly, there are so many Asian pet names to choose from that you’ll surely be able to find the one that’s most appropriate for your dog’s breed, appearance, and personality.

In this article, we’ll first talk about some of the most popular dog breeds from Asia. We’ll then give you some of the cutest Chinese dog names, followed by a short list of beautiful Japanese dog names. A Korean-inspired name for your Asian dog simply sounds unique and exciting, so we’ll give also give you some of the most meaningful Korean dog names.

12 Popular Asian Dog Breeds

Canine breeds originating in Asia are so numerous and diverse, they come in all shapes, sizes, and personalities. Sadly we can’t cover all the known Asian dog breeds in this article. But don’t worry, here are twelve of the most popular Asian dog breeds to get us started.

#1: Shiba Inu

Shiba Inu

An adorably cute dog with the appearance of a fox and a bold personality, the Shiba Inu is the most popular canine companion in Japan. The Shiba Inu weigh around 17-23 pounds. The breed name translates to brushwood dog.

Well-muscled and sturdy, the Shiba Inu is known to have a confident personality. These dogs have a plush coat and a boldly curling tail. They’re known to be affectionate and charming. The Shiba Inu, one of the six original Japanese breeds, is considered a Japanese national treasure.

#2: Chow Chow

Chow Chow lying on grass

Originally bred for hunting, the Chow Chow is an ancient dog breed, with records indicating that it has been in existence in China since more than 2,000 years ago. What’s distinctive about the Chow Chow is their regal appearance.

The Chow Chow’s coat is thick around their body and legs. But around the neck and shoulders, their coat forms a ruff, making them look like lions. They are solidly built and can weigh between 40 and 70 pounds. Another unique characteristic of Chow Chows is that their tongues turn bluish black once they’re around two months old.

#3: Chinese Shar-Pei

Chinese Shar-Pei

Just like the Chow Chow, the Chinese Shar-Pei is another ancient Chinese dog breed, and their origins can be traced back to the Han Dynasty. And just like Chow-Chow, the Chinese Shar-Pei also has a blue tongue. These are actually the two dog breeds known to have blue tongues.

If the Chow Chow is famous for its ruffed coat, the Chinese Shar-Pei is also popular for their cutely wrinkled skin and short, rough coat. These non-sporting dogs can weigh anywhere between 45 and 60 pounds. And they’re also popular for their intelligence

#4: Tibetan Mastiff

Tibetan Mastiff

If you’re looking for a big Asian dog, you can’t go wrong with the Tibetan Mastiff. These giant puffballs can weigh as much as 140 pounds! The Tibetan Mastiff is a large working dog that originated in Tibet more than 2,000 years ago.

These dogs were bred by Tibetan monks and were originally used as watchdogs to help protect and guard monasteries and villages. Tibetan Mastiffs have a long and dense coat. Their coat colors may come in slate, red, black, or chocolate, and some have tan markings while others don’t.

#5: Pug


The Pug is another popular Asian dog bred by Tibetan Buddhist monks. These dogs trace their origins back to 400 B.C, and they were well-loved by Chinese emperors and their royal families.

Pugs are considered the largest among toy dogs, and they can weigh up to 14-19 pounds. Pugs have a smooth coat that’s either black or fawn, and they have a distinctive wrinkled face and a curly tail.

#6: Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu

The ancient Chinese Ming dynasty royalty loved this tiny but proud dog. In Chinese, Shih Tzu means lion, although these tiny toy dogs weigh only 9-16 pounds. The Shih Tzu ranks among the top 20 most popular dogs, according to the American Kennel Club.

These dogs are alert and lively, and they’re very affectionate despite their proud bearing. The Shih Tzu is well known for their long and flowing double coat. Despite their small size, they have a solid and compact body.

#7: Afghan Hound

Afghan Hound

The Afghan Hound traces its origins from the Middle Eastern cold mountains in Afghanistan. These are sight hounds with a long, thick coat, and they are one of the most ancient dog breeds.

Today, Afghan Hounds are known as excellent family companions, despite their aloof, dignified, and regal appearance. They’re also known as great sports dogs and show dogs. Afghan Hounds are also known as among the fastest dog breeds. Afghan Hounds can weigh up to 50-60 pounds and grow up to 25-27 inches in height.

#8: Korean Jindo

Korean Jindo

The Korean Jindo is one of the national treasures of South Korea. A hunting breed that originally came from the South Korean Jindo Island, Korean Jindos are well-loved for their bravery and loyalty.

Bold and alert, Korean Jindos are medium-sized dogs that are excellent at guarding and hunting. Korean Jindos are known for having a great sense of direction. They’re also very attached to their owners, and they’re very watchful and intelligent.

#9: Akita


Burly and heavy-boned, Akitas can grow up to 100 pounds for females and 130 pounds for males, with a height of 24-28 inches. These Japanese working dogs are known for their dignified appearance, their courage, and loyalty.

Quiet and often wary of strangers, Akitas are considered excellent family protectors. They show their silly and affectionate side to their owners and family. Akitas are known to be great hunters with a stout heart and excellent work ethics.

#10: Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apso

Tracing its origins back to the Tibetan Buddhist monks of a thousand years ago, the Lhasa Apso is a non-sporting dog weighing 12-18 pounds with a height of less than a foot. These heavily coated dogs used to serve as sentinels in the ancient Himalayan palaces and monasteries.

Lhasa Apsos are popular not only for their flowing manes but also for their dignified and yet mischievous personality. The breed’s name translates to bark lion sentinel dog, referring to the Lhasa Apso’s great guarding ability and barking tendencies.

#11: Chinese Crested

Chinese Crested

Known for being affectionate, lively, and alert, the Chinese Crested is among the most popular toy dogs. They can grow up to 8-12 pounds in weight and 11-13 inches in height. The Chinese Crested is popular for their spotted pink skin and crested hair.

If you’re looking for a playful and affectionate dog, the Chinese Crested is a good choice. Chinese Crested dogs with soft, silky coats are called powderpuffs. Chinese Crested dogs are very devoted and loving.

#12: Pekingese


Among the Chinese dog breeds, the Pekingese is one of the most popular. Known to be loyal and affectionate, Pekingese dogs have a regal manner. They are sophisticated, and yet very loving and faithful. Growing up to only 14 pounds in weight and 6-9 inches in height, the Pekingese is one of the smallest toy dogs.

The ancient Chinese emperors and courtiers were preoccupied with breeding flat-faced dogs, and the Pekingese is one of the fruits of their breeding efforts. Compact and stocky, Pekingese dogs are known for their rolling gait.

Chinese Names for Asian Dogs

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Chinese names are quite appropriate for any Asian dog, not only because Chinese dog breeds are among the most prominent Asian dog breeds but also because Chinese pet names are very meaningful and unique-sounding.

Here are examples of excellent Chinese pet names for your Asian dog.

Ah FookMeans good luck; a great name for a Chinese dog that brings you luck
AiMeans love or friendly; a pretty name for a lovable dog
AnMeans quiet or peaceful; an excellent name for dogs that don't bark much
BaiMeans white or pure; a good name for an all-white Chinese dog breed
BaoMeans precious or jewel; a fitting name for your treasured pet
Ben BenMeans foolish; an excellent name for silly dogs, especially fitting for a mischievous Lhasa Apso
Di DiMeans little brother; an excellent name for a male Chinese dog that's like a little brother to your children
Means clever; a short but cute name for smart dogs
FangMeans beautiful; a charismatic name for brave dogs
FushiRefers to the god of happiness; a fitting name for dogs that bring you lots of happiness
FènMeans strive; a good name for a hardworking dog
GengiMeans golden; a cute name for golden-coated dogs
Gong GongMeans dragon or sea monster; a fitting name for dogs with dragon-like, regal personalities
GuiyingMeans brave or heroic; a great name for courageous dogs
HuaMeans blossom; a pretty name for a dog with a flower-like beauty
HuiMeans wise; an excellent name for an intelligent dog
JiaMeans beautiful; a fitting name for pretty dogs
JiaoziMeans dumpling; a cute name for a cute dog
JinMeans gold; an excellent name for dogs with golden-colored coats
JiànMeans strong or healthy; a good name for robust and sturdy dogs
Means enormous; a fitting name for large dogs like the Tibetan Mastiff
JúnMeans handsome; perfect for handsome pets
LanMeans elegant; a cute name for pretty and elegant dogs
LínMeans gem; another short but pretty name for your precious pet
MeiMeans beautiful; fitting for dogs with an astounding appearance
Mei MeiMeans little sister; an excellent name for a pet that's like family
MinMeans sharp or clever; a cute name for a smart dog
Nao NaoMeans naughty; if you've got a naughty pet, this will be just perfect
NuanMeans warm; great for affectionate dogs
NíngMeans serene; a cute name for a quiet dog
PingMeans peaceful; a pretty name for dogs that don't bark much
QiangMeans energetic; fitting for dogs with high energy levels
Sai HuMeans fast; a good name for Afghan Hounds which are known to be fast runners
TangtangMeans sweetie; perfect for your little furry sweetheart
WeiMeans tall or robust; a good name for large and tall dogs
Xiao BaiMeans white; another good name for white-haired dogs
XinyiMeans joyful; perfect for alert, playful, and happy dogs
XueMeans snow; another cute name for white-haired dogs
YongMeans brave; a short but fitting name for courageous dogs
ZhongMeans loyal; perfect for faithful and devoted dogs

Japanese Dog Names for Your Pet

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Japanese names are great for dog breeds originating from Asia, not only because they sound unique or beautiful but also because Japanese pet names are trendy and popular. Here are some examples of excellent Japanese pet names.

AikoMeans child of love; a pretty name for your beloved female dog
AkiraMeans bright or clear; a good name for a male dog with beautiful bright and clear eyes
ArataMeans new or fresh; a fitting name for a new male canine addition to your family
ChiekoMeans child of intelligence; perfect for smart female dogs
DaiMeans large or great; an excellent name for large male dogs
DaisukeMeans great help; a fitting name for male dogs that help you a lot
EmiMeans beautiful blessing; a pretty name for a female dog
HanaMeans flower; perfect for pretty female dogs
HaruMeans spring; a good name for male dogs born in springtime
HarukiMeans shining sun; an excellent name for white-haired male dogs
HiroMeans generous; a charming name for dogs with generous hearts
HonokaMeans harmony flower; a beautiful name that's fitting for any female dog
HoshiMeans star; perfect for your rock star pet
IchiroMeans first son; an excellent name for your first male Japanese breed dog
IsamuMeans courageous or brave; a charming name for dogs that protect you bravely
IzumiMeans spring or fountain; a pretty name for any female dog
JiroMeans second son; a great Japanese name for your second male dog
KazumiMeans harmonious beauty; an excellent name for an astoundingly beautiful dog
KentaMeans strong or healthy; a fitting name for sturdy male dogs
KichiroMeans lucky son; perfect for the male Japanese dog that brings you lots of luck
KimiMeans noble; a charming name for a dignified and regal-looking female dog
KiyomiMeans pure beauty; when your pet is simply beautiful
KiyoshiMeans purity; an excellent name for male dogs with coats that look like pure snow
KoutaMeans great peace; perfect for male dogs that prefer a peaceful and quiet environment
MaiMeans dance; perfect for dogs that love to dance
ManaMeans love; perfect for your beloved female pet
MikiMeans beautiful princess
MikuMeans beautiful sky; a pretty name for female dogs with sky blue eyes
MisakiMeans beautiful blossom; an excellent name for a pretty pet
MitsuoMeans shining hero; a good name for a heroic male dog
MorikoMeans child of the forest; an excellent name for female dogs that love the outdoors
NoriMeans to rule; a fitting name for the male Japanese dog that rules your heart
RinaMeans jasmine; a pretty name for a pretty pet
SachikoMeans happy child; an excellent name for a playful and active female pet
SatomiMeans beautiful and wise; a charming name for a female dog that's both wise and beautiful
SatoshiMeans wise or fast learner; an excellent name for intelligent male dogs
ShinobuMeans endurance; a good name for hardworking and sturdy male dogs
TadashiMeans loyal or faithful; perfect for male dogs that are devoted and loyal
TakeoMeans warrior hero; an excellent name for your brave little furry warrior
TamotsuMeans protector; a good name for male watchdogs

Korean Dog Names

white Lhasa Apso

Aside from Chinese and Japanese pet names, Korean names for dogs are among some of the most beautiful names you can choose for your Asian dog. Take a look at this short list of meaningful Korean pet names.

AreumMeans beauty; a fitting name for a beautiful pet
ParamMeans wind; a charming name for dogs that love to run like the wind
BomiMeans springtime; perfect for a dog that's born during springtime
ByeolA short but cute name that means star
ChinMeans precious; because your pet is a treasured one
Chung ChaMeans noble; perfect for regal-looking pure breeds
EunMeans silver; a great name for an all-white puppy
HayanMeans white; a pretty name for an all-white dog
JooMeans jewel; because your dog is as precious as a jewel
KwanMeans strong; a perfect name for protector dogs
Mi SunA fitting name for a pet that's both beautiful and good
Mi ChaMeans beautiful girl; for your pretty furry companion
Ye JinMeans valuable and precious; perfectly describes your beloved pet

Wrap Up

Afghan Hounds

Asian names for dog breeds hailing from Asia are simply fitting, unique, and very meaningful. Do you have a favorite Asian name for your furry companion? Do share your suggestions and comments with us.

Now that you have a beautiful Asian dog, you’ll want to know how to groom them properly. Asian dogs tend to have medium to long hair, so check out our article on how to groom a dog.

About the author
Emily Young
Emily Young

Emily is originally from China where she graduated from The University of Hong Kong with high distinction learning about fashion and design. During university she opened her own magazine about Dog Fashion as dogs were always in her heart. She was surprised, when she moved to a beautiful British Columbia 10 years ago, to see many great Boutiques with dog's designer clothing and desire of pet owners to make their babies look nice.

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