Chinese Chongqing Dog
The Chinese Chongqing Dog is among rare breeds that is said to have been in existence since the early Han Dynasty in China. It is somewhat like bulldog. This breed originated from the Chongqing city of China and was used for home protection and as hunting dogs. Now, only a few Chinese Chongqing dogs left in the world. They mostly live in rural communities and the breed is considered to be extremely rare, even in its homeland of China. Earlier, it was used to hunt rabbits, wild boars but nowadays they are used for protection purpose.
The Chongqing Dog is medium sized dog and has a deep brown/mahogany color in a thin coat. They have erected ears and teeth meet in scissor bite or are slightly undershot. The teeth are not visible when the mouth is closed in a natural position. The Male dogs are muscular and well defined, while females tend to be more streamlined with an air of femininity. The height of these dogs varies from 16 – 19.5 inches (40 – 50 cm) in males and in females it is almost 14 – 16 inches (35 – 40 cm).
Weight of Males is around 44 – 54 pounds (20 – 25 kg) and for females it is 33 – 44 (15 – 20 kg).
The Chongqing dog is protective towards its family and owners. These dogs are usually a good family companion. These dogs are said to be wary of unknowns and if it senses fear, it would prepare for action and attack if any suspicious actions are made.
These Dogs are noble, intelligent, alert and dignified. They are good with children, but can be aloof with dogs they are not familiar with. Proper guidance and canine to human communication can resolve this. They are fearless, muscular and powerful. These dogs are natural non-canine pets. They are natural guard but are not suitable for competitive or police bite work.
This breed of dogs requires regular daily exercise to remain healthy. They have been used for hunting and guard work in China for over 2000 years and are considered as quite active dogs. There is no known major health problems occur in this breed, because there has been no inbreeding. But, because of the thin coat, some dogs develop skin problems. They have a life expectancy of about 18 years. No particular grooming is required, as this is a breed with short-hair. A premium diet can significantly reduce the chance of skin problems.
These dogs need at least 30 minutes of vigorous exercise a day. They need to have a daily, brisk, long walk. The Chinese Chongqing Dog is a natural hunter and should never be allowed to roam without supervision. They have facial wrinkles which may need special cleaning to keep them clean and healthy. A regular cleaning of ears prevents ear infections. They are medium sized dogs and do not need a large space, but do need regular exercise and loves a grassy yard.