Dog in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Dog

  2. Akita Dog / Akitainu / Akita Inu

  3. Fu Dog / Foo Dog

  4. Inugami / Dog Spirit

  5. Devil Dog

  6. Tengu

  7. There’s No Place Like Home

  8. Snoopy

  9. Pug / Pekingese

10. Inuyasha

11. Badger

12. Love the House and Its Crow

13. Love the Flower, Love the Pot also

14. The Buddha is in Each Sentient Being


Dog

(another version)

quǎn
inu
Dog Scroll

犬 is another way to write dog in Chinese and Japanese.

Just like we have dog, hound, pooch, canine and other words in English. However, this is NOT the character used to express "Year of the Dog".

Although it is the most common way to say/write "dog" in Japanese.


See also our Chinese Zodiac page.

Dog

Year of the Dog / Zodiac Sign

gǒu
inu / ku
Dog Scroll

狗 is the character for dog, canine or hound in Chinese.

If you were born in the year of the dog, you . . .


Are strong-willed
Loyal to your friends and mate.
Never compromise when you think you are right.

Note: Can be pronounced, and means dog in Japanese but feels like a very old word (see our other dog if you need a Japanese dog).


See also our Chinese Zodiac page.

Akita Dog / Akitainu / Akita Inu

aki ta inu
Akita Dog / Akitainu / Akita Inu Scroll

鞦田犬 is the Japanese title of the breed of dog known as an Akita.

Technically, the title above means "Akita hound" or "Akita Dog". The literal translation of these characters is "autumn field dog".


Note: This title is Japanese only. In China, this breed of dog is referred to as "The Japanese breed" (literally: Japanese hound).

Chinese title: 日本犬

Fu Dog / Foo Dog

shí shī zi
Fu Dog / Foo Dog Scroll

While known in the west as fu dogs or foo dogs, these are actually guardian lions.

These are the lion statues traditionally placed at the entrance of Chinese imperial palaces, imperial tombs, temples, and high-ranking officials' homes. These days, you are more likely to see them at the entrance to a fancy Chinese restaurant.

This title actually means, "stone lion(s)".

Inugami / Dog Spirit

inugami
Inugami / Dog Spirit Scroll

犬神 is the title Inugami, meaning dog spirit or dog god in Japanese.

In some cases, this is an evil spirit of a dog, but it depends on context.

è mó gǒu
Devil Dog Scroll

惡魔狗 is Devil Dog, the nickname of Marines, in Chinese.

tiān gǒu
ten gu
Tengu Scroll

天狗 is the Japanese title for Tengu, which roughly translates as, "heavenly dog".

Tengu are a type of legendary creature found in Japanese folk religion and are also considered a type of Shinto god (kami) or yōkai (supernatural beings).

The origin is Chinese, though this term is seldom used in Chinese any more. It was a dog-like Chinese demon (Tiangou)

Although the title contains the word "dog", the tengu are often depicted with human and bird-like characteristics. Sometimes they have large noses or beaks like birds.

There’s No Place Like Home

jīn wō yín wō bù rú zì jǐ de gǒu wō
There’s No Place Like Home Scroll

This Chinese slang proverb means: Golden house, [or a] silver house, not as good as my own dog house.

It's basically saying that even a house made of gold or silver is not as good as my own home (which may only be suitable for a dog but it's mine).

sunuupii
Snoopy Scroll

スヌーピー is how to write Snoopy (comic strip pet dog) in Japanese Katakana.


Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Katakana, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

shǐ nǔ bǐ
Snoopy Scroll

史努比 is the most common way to write Snoopy (comic strip pet dog) in Mandarin Chinese.

Pug / Pekingese

zhòng
chin
Pug / Pekingese Scroll

狆 is the shortest way to title the Pekingese, Japanese Spaniel, or Pug breed of dog. This title is a little ambiguous.

狆 is also sometimes romanized as "chung".

quǎn yè chà
inu ya sha
Inuyasha Scroll

犬夜叉 is the title Inuyasha or Inu Yasha, a fictional character meaning "dog demon" from Japanese Manga.

Also known by Manga-lovers in China.

mujina
Badger Scroll

狢 is a Japanese word that means badger or "raccoon dog" (Nyctereutes procyonoides).

I have included the Chinese and Korean pronunciation above. However, this character is rarely used character in modern Chinese and Korean.

Love the House and Its Crow

ài wū jí wū
Love the House and Its Crow Scroll

愛屋及烏 is the Chinese idiom, "Love the house and its crow".

It speaks to the fact that if you are involved an a relationship with somebody, you are also in a relationship with everyone connected to that person. In English, we say, "Love me, love my dog".

Love the Flower, Love the Pot also

Love Me, Love My Dog

ài huā lián pén ài ài nǚ téng nǚ xù
Love the Flower, Love the Pot also Scroll

This proverb literally translates as, "If one loves a flower, [one will] love it's pot; [if one really] loves [one's] daughter, [one will also] love [one's] son-in-law".

Figuratively, is similar to the English proverbs:
Love me, love my dog.
Love for a person extends even to the crows on his roof.

The Buddha is in Each Sentient Being

butsu wa shujou no naka ni ari
The Buddha is in Each Sentient Being Scroll

佛は衆生の中に在り is "Butsu wa shujo no naka ni ari" and means that the Buddha (potential for Buddhahood) exists in all beings in the universe.

So yes, your dog has the potential to be a Buddha (but only in a future reincarnation as a human). But all things, from the tiny cricket to the humpback whale have Buddha-nature within them. If one takes the time to look and contemplate, one will see the Buddha in all things.

In Japan, sometimes the Buddha character is written 仏 instead of 佛, so you might see the whole phrase written as 仏は衆生の中に在り.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.




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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Doginuquǎn / quan3 / quanch`üan / chüan
Doginu / kugǒu / gou3 / goukou
Akita Dog
Akitainu
Akita Inu
鞦田犬
秋田犬
aki ta inu / akitainu
Fu Dog
Foo Dog
石獅子
石狮子
shí shī zi
shi2 shi1 zi5
shi shi zi
shishizi
shih shih tzu
shihshihtzu
Inugami
Dog Spirit
犬神inugami
Devil Dog惡魔狗
恶魔狗
è mó gǒu
e4 mo2 gou3
e mo gou
emogou
o mo kou
omokou
Tengu天狗ten gu / tengutiān gǒu / tian1 gou3 / tian gou / tiangout`ien kou / tienkou / tien kou
There’s No Place Like Home金窩銀窩不如自己的狗窩
金窝银窝不如自己的狗窝
jīn wō yín wō bù rú zì jǐ de gǒu wō
jin1 wo1 yin2 wo1 bu4 ru2 zi4 ji3 de5 gou3 wo1
jin wo yin wo bu ru zi ji de gou wo
chin wo yin wo pu ju tzu chi te kou wo
Snoopyスヌーピーsunuupii / sunupi
Snoopy史努比shǐ nǔ bǐ
shi3 nu3 bi3
shi nu bi
shinubi
shih nu pi
shihnupi
Pug
Pekingese
chinzhòng / zhong4 / zhongchung
Inuyasha犬夜叉inu ya sha / inuyashaquǎn yè chà
quan3 ye4 cha4
quan ye cha
quanyecha
ch`üan yeh ch`a
chüanyehcha
chüan yeh cha
Badgermujinahé / he2 / heho
Love the House and Its Crow愛屋及烏
爱屋及乌
ài wū jí wū
ai4 wu1 ji2 wu1
ai wu ji wu
aiwujiwu
ai wu chi wu
aiwuchiwu
Love the Flower, Love the Pot also愛花連盆愛愛女疼女婿
爱花连盆爱爱女疼女婿
ài huā lián pén ài ài nǚ téng nǚ xù
ai4 hua1 lian2 pen2 ai4 ai4 nv3 teng2 nv3 xu4
ai hua lian pen ai ai nv teng nv xu
ai hua lien p`en ai ai nü t`eng nü hsü
ai hua lien pen ai ai nü teng nü hsü
The Buddha is in Each Sentient Being佛は衆生の中に在りbutsu wa shujou no naka ni ari
butsuwashujounonakaniari
butsu wa shujo no naka ni ari
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.


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