Dog Breed Profile

Fo-Chon History

The Fo-Cho is a dog originating from Taiwan. It is believed to be the product of a cross between the Chow Chow and the Shih Tzu. It has also been called the “Puppy Chow”, the “Soochow”, the “Little Lion Dog”, the “Taiwanese Wolfdog”, the “Taishan”, the “Tsai-Shu”, the “Shih-Tzu-chow” and the “Rou-Ming”. The Taiwanese government undertook a program in the 1950s to repopulate the island with the native Formosan wolf. These wolves were crossed with Tibetan wolves to produce the Formosan Mountain Dogs, who were then used as family guardians. The Fo-Cho was bred from these dogs and from a group of mixed-breed dogs. The cross-breeding was done in an attempt to create a smaller version of the Formosan Mountain Dog. However, the crosses were unsuccessful because the male Formosan was sterile (inbred), and the females were infertile. As a result, the offspring were a mixture of both eastern and western types. The cross-breeding experiment was successful, however, and the dogs are similar to the Formosan in build, but have shorter legs and a thicker coat.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America

Fo-Chon Physical Characteristics

The Fo-Chon is a small, short-haired breed of Chinese origin. It is similar to the Shih Tzu breed. The Fo-Cho is a friendly, intelligent, and mischievous breed that is very active. They require a daily walk and plenty of human companionship.

Eye Colors

Blue, Brown

Nose Colors


Coat Colors

Black, Brown, White, Pied, Fawn

Height Range

Male Height Range: 10 – 12 inches

Female Height Range: 8 – 11 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 7 – 14 lbs

Female Weight Range: 5 – 12 lbs

Fo-Chon Health

Description of breed health.


13-15 yrs

Fo-Chon Health Concerns

Patellar Luxation, Cataracts, Atopic Dermatitis

Fo-Chon Temperament and Behaviour

The Fo-Chón is a brave, confident and outgoing breed of dog. They are usually very friendly, but can sometimes be a bit aggressive. They are playful and like to play fetch, but they can also be calm and relaxed. They are very active and athletic, which means that they need a lot of exercise. They are generally very loyal to their owners, but they can be suspicious of strangers.

Fo-Chon Activity Requirements

The Fo-Chón (pronounced “Foo-shon”) is a relatively new breed of dog that was developed by crossing the Chow Chow and the Shar-Pei. They are a medium-sized, intelligent dog with an outgoing, playful personality. The Fo-Chón is an active, athletic, and agile dog. They do best in homes with yards where they can run and play in a safe space. They also enjoy activities such as hiking, running, and chasing after a ball. While this breed does love to play, they are also extremely smart and curious. They love to learn and are quite trainable. They are easily housebroken, and they love to be with their families. The Fo-Chón is a confident, courageous, and loyal companion. They tend to be protective of their families and will alert their owners to danger. They get along well with children and other pets, but they can be aggressive with other dogs. If you are looking for a lively, intelligent, and affectionate companion, the Fo-Chón may be a great match for you.

Miles Per Day

7 miles

Activity Per Day

45 minutes

Daily Food

2 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Fo-Chon is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Fo-Chon is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Fo-Chon is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Fo-Chon is part of the Unclassified group.

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