Chinese name: 犬/犭

*犭is a common variation of 犬radical.


Pinyin: quǎn

English name: dog

Imagery: a dog

History of radical: This radical is called dog and its variation 犭is always placed to the left of a character. In oracle bones it is a picture of a dog. Dogs in China say ‘wang’ instead of ‘woof’. Characters with this radical relate to beast.

For example:

examples for 犬

  • 獒(áo):mastiff
  • 献(xiàn): sacrifice; present

examples for 犭

  • 狗(gǒu): dog
  • 狮(shī): lion
  • 猎(liè):hunt