Asian VS Canadian Dogs

Dogs in Asia are certainly not like dogs in Canada.  We’re always so amazed at how independent Asian canines are, and how completely opposite they are from Canadian dogs.  Here are just some of our observations:

Asian Dogs

In Asia, dogs are dogs.  Simple.  While many are kept as pets, dogs and humans know their place in the hierarchy, and the dogs certainly aren’t alpha here.  With that, comes great instinct!  Dogs here know that the cars always win when talking street rules.  They “hunt” the streets daily for food left behind on sidewalks and in garbages.  And they know that any bad behaviour on their part means trouble from the humans.  Oh, and did we mention that people eat dogs in Asia?? (Dogs, Frogs, and Snakes…Oh My! – Nha Trang, Vietnam).  Here, you need to watch your dog carefully or someone may consume it, ignorant to the fact that it’s actually someone elses pet (Dogs in Danger in Bangkok)!  Yes, it’s true that some (many) Asian dogs carry rabies.  But that’s no big deal, because from our experience, most dogs in Asia simply ignore the humans.  Here, it’s about survival of the fittest, and any trouble with humans spells doom for the dog.

Canadian Dogs

In Canada, dogs are loyal companions, closely attached to the family in which they belong.  We treat them like one of our own, and in turn get frustrated when they don’t “listen”.  We groom them, walk them, bathe them, dress them, run them, and cuddle them.  Some Canadians go as far as to kiss their dogs on the lips, letting the tongue enter their mouth oh-so forgivingly.  Simply stated, Canadians have a love affair for dogs!   Oh, and did we mention those adorable little puppy dog eyes?  They work every time on Canadians.  And eating dog…are you kidding?  Dog eaters here are deeply frowned upon, and if a restaurant sold dog in Canada, there’d be huge fines…maybe even jail time!!  “Stray” dogs in Canada are promptly picked up by animal control, only to be held until a new loving family is found.  Dogs in Canada are clearly the alpha, and they know it!

So, what’s the point of this blog post you might ask?  Well, there isn’t one really.  Just simple observations.  However, watch for some exciting posts this summer about Asian dogs, because a trip is never complete without at least one dog tale worth sharing.

**Have any experiences/stories with Asian dogs?? We’d love you to share in the comments below!  :)

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Categories: Bali, Canada, Thailand, Vietnam, Worth Sharing

Author:Thomas & Katherine

A love for travel, adventure, and photography. We just can't help but write about it!

5 Comments on “Asian VS Canadian Dogs”

  1. June 19, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

    The appearance may be different but loyalty to master is the same, very nice pet photography!!! Cheers Nonoy Manga


  2. June 19, 2012 at 10:52 pm #

    Once an Asian dog chased me down the street. That wasn’t fun. And the other day in Bukgaria we saw two stray dogs chasing traffic haha every time a car went past they ran on to the road and up to the car and would start barking and going crazy at it. Dogs are so funny.


    • June 20, 2012 at 5:27 pm #

      Chased down the street??!! They always seem to ignore us. You must’ve had some street meat in your hands! :)


  3. June 22, 2012 at 2:44 am #

    Great observation and a comparison of Asian & Canadian dogs. My experience with stray dogs in Thailand –


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