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Dog in Chinese / Japanese...

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Year of the Dog / Zodiac Sign
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.


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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.

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)".

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.

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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
Doginu / kugǒu / gou3 / goukou
Doginuquǎn / quan3 / quanch`üan / chüan
Akita Dog
Akita Inu
aki ta inu / akitainu
Fu Dog
Foo Dog
shí shī zi
shi2 shi1 zi5
shi shi zi
shih shih tzu
Love the Flower, Love the Pot also愛花連盆愛愛女疼女婿
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
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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quǎn / quan3
ch`üan / chüan
 inuhashi / いぬはし
Love the Flower, Love the Pot also Scroll
dog; Kangxi radical 94
(1) dog (Canis (lupus) familiaris); (2) snoop (i.e. a detective, a spy, etc.); (3) (derogatory term) loser; asshole; (prefix noun) (4) counterfeit; inferior; useless; wasteful; (personal name) Inuhashi

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gǒu / gou3
 inu / えのころ
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dog; CL:隻|只[zhi1],條|条[tiao2]
(archaism) puppy; (1) dog (Canis (lupus) familiaris); (2) snoop (i.e. a detective, a spy, etc.); (3) (derogatory term) loser; asshole; (prefix noun) (4) counterfeit; inferior; useless; wasteful
A dog.

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 mujina / むじな
Love the Flower, Love the Pot also Scroll
(1) (kana only) badger; (2) (kana only) raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides)


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tiān gǒu / tian1 gou3
t`ien kou / tien kou
 tengu / てんぐ
Love the Flower, Love the Pot also Scroll
(1) tengu; long-nosed goblin; (2) (idiom) bragging; conceit; braggart; boaster; conceited person; (surname) Tengu
ulkā, 憂流迦the 'heavenly dog' i. e. a meteor. Also 'a star in Argo' according to Williams.



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shī zi / shi1 zi5
shih tzu
 shishi / ちし
Love the Flower, Love the Pot also Scroll
lion; CL:隻|只[zhi1],頭|头[tou2]
(1) lion; (2) left-hand guardian dog at a Shinto shrine; (place-name) Chishi


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 eesu / エース
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(1) ace (playing card); (2) ace (of a team); leading player; (3) ace; hotshot; top dog; top hand; wunderkind; (4) {sports} (See サービスエース) ace (serve); (given name) E-su


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 riido / rido / リード
Love the Flower, Love the Pot also Scroll
(noun/participle) (1) lead; leading; taking the lead; (2) lead (of a newspaper, etc.); lede; (3) lead (wire); (4) lead (e.g. dog); leash; (5) (sales) lead; prospective client; (6) reed (of a musical instrument); (7) {music} (See リート) lied (ger: Lied); German song, usually for solo voice and piano; (noun/participle) (8) read; reading; (place-name) Lead; Reade; Read; Reed; Ried


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shǐ nǔ bǐ / shi3 nu3 bi3
shih nu pi
Love the Flower, Love the Pot also Scroll
Snoopy (comic strip pet dog)


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 akitaken;akitainu / あきたけん;あきたいぬ
Love the Flower, Love the Pot also Scroll
Akita (breed of dog)



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ài wū jí wū / ai4 wu1 ji2 wu1
ai wu chi wu
Love the Flower, Love the Pot also Scroll
lit. love the house and its crow (idiom); involvement with sb and everyone connected; Love me, love my dog.

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gěng / geng3
fierce dog

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/ fu2
 fuku / ふせ
to lean over; to fall (go down); to hide (in ambush); to conceal oneself; to lie low; hottest days of summer; to submit; to concede defeat; to overcome; to subdue; volt
(surname) Fuse
Prostrate; humble; suffer, bear; ambush; dog-days; hatch; it is used for control, under control, e. g. as delusion; 斷 is contrasted with it as complete extirpation, so that no delusive thought arises; to subdue

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diāo / diao1
to hold with one's mouth (as a smoker with a cigarette or a dog with a bone)

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fèi / fei4
 hai / のりやす
to bark
(personal name) Noriyasu
To bark (as a dog); translit. ve, vi, vai; cf. 毘; 鞞; 衞; 別; to bark (as a dog)

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ái / ai2
to growl (of dog); to bare fangs

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páng / pang2
p`ang / pang
 muku / むく
old variant of 龐|庞[pang2]; huge; enormous
(1) shaggy hair; (2) (abbreviation) (See 尨犬) shaggy dog; (given name) Bou

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/ xu1
 inu / いぬ
11th earthly branch: 7-9 p.m., 9th solar month (8th October-6th November), year of the Dog; ancient Chinese compass point: 300°
(1) the Dog (eleventh sign of the Chinese zodiac); (2) (obsolete) (See 戌の刻) hour of the Dog (around 8pm, 7-9pm, or 8-10pm); (3) (obsolete) west-northwest; (4) (obsolete) ninth month of the lunar calendar; (given name) Mamoru
The hour from 7-9 p. m.; translit. śū, śu; 7-9 p.m.

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kàng / kang4
k`ang / kang
fierce dog

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shān / shan1
(archaic) vicious dog; beast resembling a wolf

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shòu / shou4
 kari / かり
to hunt; to go hunting (as winter sport in former times); hunting dog; imperial tour
(1) hunting; (n,n-suf) (2) harvesting (e.g. berries, fruit); picking; gathering; (surname) Kari

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/ li2
 tanuki / たぬき
raccoon dog; fox-like animal
(1) (kana only) tanuki (Nyctereutes procyonoides); raccoon dog; (2) (kana only) sly dog; sly old fox; sly fox; cunning devil; craftiness; sly person; someone who makes evil plans without ever breaking their poker face

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/ ba4
dog with short shinbone

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zhì / zhi4
mad dog

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zōng / zong1
dog giving birth to three puppies

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xiē / xie1
short-snout dog

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sōu / sou1
dog (dial.); to hunt

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tóng / tong2
t`ung / tung
name of a variety of dog; wild tribes in South China

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xiāo / xiao1

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xiǎn / xian3
a kind of dog with a long snout; see 獫狁|猃狁[Xian3 yun3]

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nòu / nou4
angry dog

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