13 Cute Asian Dog Breeds (With Pictures)

Dog breeds come from all around the globe, and considering Asia accounts for 30% of the world’s land, it isn’t surprising that many dog breeds derive from the continent. So if you’re looking for a cute fur baby to add to your family, there are more than a few Asian dog breeds that fit that bill perfectly in their unique ways.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the cutest Asian dog breeds you can welcome into your family.

Asian dog breeds
13 Cute Asian Dog Breeds

Here are 13 Asian dog breeds that are sure to put a smile on your face with their cuteness.

1. Akita

Akitas are beautiful and fluffy Japanese dogs that resemble the appearance of brown bears. Their double coat accounts for their excessive fluffiness, which comes in beautiful shades of brown, red, white, gray, and black. Akitas are medium-energy, playful dogs who can grow up to 130 pounds and up to 28 inches in height.

alert Akita Inu
An Akita Inu standing on a rock.

They are very affectionate dogs who get along with people of all ages. However, they enjoy being the only dogs in the house. 

2. Chow Chow

Chow Chows are China-originating dogs that look like a cross between a brown bear and a teddy bear. I love their squishy-looking faces. Their fluffy double coat comes in a variety of colors, including:

  • Black
  • Gray
  • Brown
  • Red
  • Cream
a chow chow with a curly tail
A Chow Chow with a curly tail. What a beautiful dog!

These playful dogs also have a serious side and are very loyal, protective dogs. Chow Chows are medium-energy lovebug dogs who are always willing to cuddle with their owners. They typically weigh up to 70 pounds and stand at heights up to 20 inches. 

3. Korean Jindo

Korean Jindos come from South Korea and look almost wolf-like with their cute, alert, pointed ears and slightly curled, fluffy tails. Their soft, puffy coats can come in black and brown, brindle, fawn, white, and gray. Brindle Jindos look like little tigers with varying stripes mixed into their fur.

Korean Jindo stands at the park
A Korean Jindo stands at the park.

Jindos typically grow up to 50 pounds and up to 22 inches tall.

Jindos are rather smart dogs who are easier to train than other dogs. They love their families, including the children.  

4. Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apso dogs are little Himalayan long-haired dogs who are one of the most affectionate pets you can find. They like children and other dogs, making them great family pets. These adaptable fur babies have fur coats that come in a long list of colors, ranging from black and white to red and gold. 

Lhasa Apso
A Lhasa Apso proudly trotting

Their teddy bear faces are hard to resist, and their small size of up to 18 pounds and 11 inches tall makes them the perfect lap dog

5. Pekingese

Pekingese dogs are a Chinese breed that has long, royal-looking, floor-length coats. Their coats come in colors ranging from sable mixes to solid colors and need grooming often. The Pekingese has a short muzzle and beautiful large eyes, which are the definition of cute, making it difficult to say no to these dogs.

Pekingese on the grass
Pekingese on the grass with an underbite.

These little nine-inch tall and up to 14-pound dogs will love you forever with their affectionate and playful personalities. ​They make perfect companions.

6. Pug

Pugs are adorable dogs that originate from China. They make perfect family dogs as they adore their families, children, other dogs, and even strangers due to their social personalities. 

a happy Pug smiles
A happy pug smiles

While they may be charming with their cute, interesting appearances and friendly personalities, they can be a little mischievous when left alone. Pugs come in tan with black faces but can also be completely black. They can grow up to 18 pounds and 13 inches in height. 

7. Samoyed

Samoyeds are like house polar bears with their fluffy, primarily white coats. These vocal and high-energy Siberian dogs love their families and children and are okay with other dogs. Samoyeds want to play with everyone who crosses their path and are primarily known for their beautiful smiles, which I adore.

Samoyed on a plain background
A Samoyed phot shoot on a plain background.

Their thick double coats come in white, cream, biscuit, or a combination of colors. Samoyeds can grow up to 65 pounds and up to 23.5 inches tall.

8. Shar-Pei

The Chinese Shar-Pei is a loyal and calm-mannered dog, but they have some protective tendencies due to their deep-rooted love for their families. They are medium-energy dogs who get along with children and other dogs but can be uneasy around strangers. Shar-Peis can grow up to 60 pounds and 20 inches tall.

Chinese Shar-Pei sits on the grass
Chinese Shar-Pei sits and looks at his owner.

I love their hippo-like faces, wrinkly bodies, curly tails, and blue tongues. They provide a quirky yet lovable appearance. Shar-Peis come in colors, ranging from solid colors to sable and diluted coats. 

9. Shiba Inu

Shiba Inus originate from Japan and are typically known for their cute teddy bear/fox-like faces and affectionate personalities. They are great for families with teens and get along with other dogs. However, they are rather protective of their owners when it comes to strangers.

Shiba Inu dog outdoors
An energetic Shiba Inu outdoors enjoying nature

Shiba Inus like to play and need mental stimulation to keep them happy and out of trouble.

These dogs come in the following colors:

  • Black and tan
  • Red sesame
  • Cream
  • Red

They have cute, inviting faces and lean bodies equipped with curly tails. Shiba Inus can grow up to 23 pounds and 16.5 inches tall.

10. Shih Tzu

Shih Tzus are one of the best lap dogs due to their small size and affectionate, playful personalities. They are 100 percent family dogs as they are lovey-dovey, adore children, and always have fun when with other dogs. The dogs are medium energy, easy to train, and can adapt to changes easily.

Shih Tzu approaching
Shih Tzu approaching a stranger.

These little Chinese long-haired dogs come in almost any fur color you can dream of. A Shih Tzu’s cute, smooshed face and sweet temperament make the dog hard to resist. The dogs can grow up to 16 pounds and 10.5 inches tall.

11. Siberian Husky

Siberian Huskies are beautiful, goofy dogs who look very similar to wolves, which is why they attract many people. They love people and think everyone and everything is their friend. Huskies shed hair everywhere, but their affection and cute faces will make you forget about the mess.

Siberian Husky panting at the park
Siberian Husky panting after playing at the park.

Huskies are vocal dogs who tend to scream and bark for seemingly no reason sometimes, and they have very high energy levels, requiring tons of exercise and mental stimuli. The dogs have thick double coats that come in black, white, brown, sable, and other combinations. They grow up to 60 pounds and up to 23.5 inches tall.

12. Tibetan Mastiff

Tibetan Mastiffs are gentle giants who love their families, can tolerate other dogs, and are standoffish with strangers they meet. The intelligent, massive dogs make great guard dogs due to their protective nature. 

fluffy tibetan mastiff
The super fluffy Tibetan Mastiff

These large bear-like dogs have dense, thick coats in solid, mixed, and sable colors. They grow to at least 26 inches tall and up to 150 pounds. 

13. Tibetan Spaniel

Tibetan Spaniels have quirky and permanent puppy-like appearances that match their playful, happy personalities. They love everyone, including children, and don’t mind being around other dogs. These adorable Spaniels make great companions.

Tibetan Spaniel on grass
Tibetan Spaniel standing on the grass.

The Tibetan Spaniel has large eyes, a short muzzle, floppy ears, fluffy fur, and a curly tail, creating cuteness overload. These dogs only grow up to 15 pounds and 10 inches tall, and their coats come in solid, sable, and mixed colors.

Concluding Thoughts

These are some of the cutest Asian dog breeds available for you to pick from if you’re looking for a new furry friend. Each breed has charming physical traits, but always remember to also consider their personalities when finding the right dog for your family.