Breed Review: Chinese Chongqing dog (15 Pics)

The Chinese Chongqing dog originated in the Chongqing and Sichuan regions of China many hundreds of years ago. They were successful hunters, and also guarded livestock and acted as watchdogs on rural farms. Their roles as working dogs ensured they survived the Communist ban on pets within China in the 1900s, and though they escaped extinction, the later SARS virus outbreak meant they were culled in large numbers. They are now thought to be as rare as the Giant Panda.

#1 A breed with a distinctive appearance, their coat is short and sparse, meaning their black skin is often visible underneath.

Their body is well-muscled and in proportion, except for their muzzle, which is noticeably short. Their ears and tail are particularly unusual; they both taper to a point and are often completely hairless.

#2 Similar in behavior to many dogs who originated as guard dogs

 The Chinese Chongqing dog is protective, loyal and potentially aggressive when it senses a threat. At times dominant, this self-assured and independent dog benefits from firm training and an experienced owner.

#3 The Chinese Chongqing Dog is thought to be a very ancient breed, but there are limited records to prove this.

Known to have originated in South Western China in the regions of Chongqing and Sichuan, it has likely co-existed with humans for at least two thousand years, as a guard dog and a hunter. Indeed, Chinese artwork from the time of the Han dynasty (206 BC–220 AD) depicts dogs that bear a close physical resemblance to the modern Chinese Chongqing dog.

Alice White

Written by Alice White

Alice White, a devoted pet lover and writer, has turned her boundless affection for animals into a fulfilling career. Originally dreaming of wildlife, her limited scientific background led her to specialize in animal literature. Now she happily spends her days researching and writing about various creatures, living her dream.

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