The term bamboo is used to describe this dog because of its unique and unusual tail; resembling a bamboo stick, it is straight, slender, and hairless.
The Chinese farmers relied heavily on the Chongqing Dog to hunt a variety of species, including rabbits, wild boar, deer, and birds. A multi-purpose dog, they also protected the farmers’ livestock and homes and served as a source of food.
The Chinese Chongqing breed was saved from extinction due to the fact that it lived in remote, and largely unpatrolled mountainous regions, and because it was often classed as a working animal. Around 30 years after the outlawing of pet dogs, in the late 1980s, the ban was finally lifted. The popularity of the Chinese Chongqing dog grew, and they were imported from the South West of China around the country.