Striking in appearance, the Chinese Crested can be either hairless or short haired. Both types are lively and eager to please their owner. Cat-like in their nature, the Crested enjoys sitting in high places, such as the back of a chair or sofa. If you suffer from allergies or dwell in an apartment, the Crested may be the right breed for you. In addition to having a distractive coat, the Shar-Pei also shares the unusual trait of having a blue-black tongue with another dog on this list, the Chow Chow. Because the Shar-Pei can be an intelligent and stubborn breed, it is important to attend obedience classes, socialize them early on and provide daily exercise in the form of a long walk or two. The Chow Chow can a have a rough or smooth solid-colored coat of black, blue, red, cinnamon or cream. The two most striking features of the Chow is a lion-mane ruff around the head and shoulders and a blue-black tongue. Their deeply set, almond-shaped eyes give the Chow an appearance of scowling and an aristocratic air which is supported by an independent and aloof nature. Protective and loyal, the Chow can easily become a one-person dog. Requiring only a few short walks a day, the Pekingese is independent and cheerful. With a low activity level, the Pekingese is also a great pet for apartment dwellers. Begin training your pup early and get her used to noise and people. What the Pug lacks in size, it makes up for in personality. Even-tempered and playful, the Pug has an outgoing and loving personality that endears them to their owners and almost everyone they meet. Easily adaptable to both apartment living and the country life, the Pug lives for its family and has a special affinity for children. Bred to be a companion dog, the Japanese Chin is very intelligent and sensitive. Despite their name, the Japanese Chin more than likely originated in China, and some became the pets of Buddhist Monks. Today, the Chin still has an aristocratic air about her and is charming with loved ones and reserved with strangers. The Chin will rule your house, but they will happily allow you to care for them. A sturdy and solid dog for its size the Shih Tzu is known as a little “Lion Dog.” With a coat that requires regular grooming, few dogs steal the heart of their owners like this devoted and playful pup. Large, noble and independent, the Tibetan Mastiff is a mellow and calm soul who watches over its house and family. While highly protective and devoted to its family, it is important to note that the Tibetan Mastiff may also possess an independent streak that may be a challenge to some owners.