Have you always dreamed of exploring the amazing country of China? Has its history always fascinated you? Perhaps you have Chinese origins and you’d like to honor that connection somehow? Or, maybe you have just come back from the trip of your lifetime where you wandered around the streets of Beijing, visited the banks of Huang He, otherwise known as the Yellow River, and trekked your way along the Great Wall of China? Whatever the case is, one thing is certain, China is a wonderful, whimsical, fabulous country with many things to offer, from entertainment to history, that keeps all your senses stimulated and your inquisitiveness satiated.
Chinese Dog Names in Pop Culture
Contrary to a common opinion, Chinese dog breeds are not some mystical creatures known only to the people of China. They also do not reside in sacred monasteries and keep the secrets of mysticism and guard the ancient Terracotta Army. In actuality, dog breeds that originate from the vast land of China are all around us, and we have known and loved them for years and years. Moreover, we even put them in movies! One of these movie stars that we just can’t stop watching is the charming Mel from The Secret Life of Pets. Mel is, of course, a Pug, which is one of the most famous dog breeds that originate from China, and the breed that everyone seems to love. Perhaps it is in their squishy faces, their short snouts, their adorable big eyes, or their small bodies and small ears. Who knows? The only fact is, Pugs have become increasingly more popular in the past decade, and who can argue with that?
Mel, the adorable puggo with a fawn coat, brown eyes, and surprisingly, no neck, was voiced by Bobby Moynihan. He lives in the capital of the world – New York City, where he spends his days eating, yawning, and just overall being awesome. Sometimes, he pays a visit to his best friend Max, who is actually the main character of the movie. Mel is, generally speaking, a super chill dude, sorry, dog. However, all chill is gone when a pesky squirrel appears, which causes Mel to bark passionately through his window. His dislike for squirrels is so great that he even manages to confront them and claim his ownership of the tree they are sitting on, which causes him to be ridiculed by the two animals in the branches.
As most city dogs, sweet little Mel is afraid of the great unknown, and is at first reluctant to leave the safety of the apartment to go look for the missing Max. This is understandable given the fact that Mel lives in one of the largest and most hectic cities in the world. New York can be scary to a full grown human, let alone a little Pug, and who can really blame Mel for being hesitant of venturing into the great outdoors. The concrete jungle is not the same as the vast grasslands and forests, which the pets understand and do cut Mel some slack when it comes to this. Of course, in the end, Mel did gather the courage to leave his safety net and go look for his best friend, which is definitely the symbol of bravery this little doggo carries within.
Chinese Dog Name Considerations
Whether your new pupper originates from China or not, you can give them a Chinese name either way. Naming your dog after a famous Chinese emperor or a modern-day celebrity is a great way to honor the Chinese culture and start up a conversation in your local dog park. Diversity is great and the more we learn about other cultures, the more open our minds become, and the more welcoming and warm we become. And who knows, maybe one of your friends will be bitten by the travel bug and come on a China exploration adventure with you!
So, if your pup is an adorable Shar Pei, naming them after the last Chinese emperor Pu Yi can be a fantastic way to honor the Chinese culture. Staying in the royal lane, naming your Chinese Crested Dog or a Shih Tzu after His Majesty Qin Shi Huang is quite a solid choice, since Qin Shi Huang was the first monarch of China. And what about the most famous Chinese monarch, Kublai Khan? Such a powerful name that will definitely instill some confidence in even the smallest of dogs.