In Tibet, Tibetan Spaniels used to sit on top of monastery walls and bark whenever strangers approached. Often called "lion dogs," Tibetan Spaniels are extremely agile and often compared to cats. They're playful, good with children and other pets, but they're often reserved with strangers.
Tibetan Terriers are lively and playful, so they need daily exercise. They're usually friendly with strangers, kids and other pets. They're stubborn, however, and hard to housebreak. When they bark, they make an unusual sound that resembles a siren on a fire truck.
Shibas are very popular in Japan. These high-spirited dogs are lively outdoors, but quiet indoors. They're suspicious of strangers, but usually friendly with children and other pets.
Schipperkes are bold, active, hardy dogs that love to run. They're usually good with other animals, but suspicious of strangers. Most are good with kids, but will snap if teased or startled. They're sometimes hard to housebreak.
Lowchens are often called "little lion dogs." They were companions of Florence nobility around the Mediterranean. These outgoing little dogs are probably related to the Bichon Frise.
Lowchens are tougher than they look -- these energetic little dogs love to run and play. Some Lowchens are afraid of strangers, but they're usually good with well-behaved children and pets. They like to bark and dig.