Chinese Chongqing Dog is a rare ancient breed that originated in Chongqing city of China around 200 A.D. since Han Dynasty of Ancient China. The breed is rare even in its native region, that is, China.
Although these dogs were once the favorite of old nobles and royals, they came on the verge of extinction after China became the People’s Republic of China in 1949.
These working dogs are primarily known for their unique looks and tasks like hunting small game and protecting home and family.
Chinese Chongqing dog breed has some resemblance with Bulldog and Thai Ridgeback breeds in terms of appearance but remember this is a natural breed. List of rare breeds of dogs also includes names like Norwegian Lundehund, Mudi, Otterhound, Chinook, Central Asian Ovtcharka and so on.
These medium sized dogs have muscular, powerful and square build. They have erect ears that are triangular in shape. Teeth meet in scissors bite or can be slightly undershot.
Hence, their teeth are usually not visible when the mouth is closed naturally. Built of males is more well defined whereas that of females tends to be more streamlined.
Color: Brown, dark brown and mahogany are the most common colors in these dogs. Some may also have white patches as well.
Height: On an average, these dogs grow to 16 to 19.5 inches in height. Average height of females is 14 to 16 inches.
Weight: Average weight of these dogs ranges between 44 to 54 pounds. Female Chinese Chongqing Dogs can weigh about 33 to 44 pounds.
Check out this video showing a cute Chinese Chongqing Dog running on treadmill.
Though not common still, some dogs of this breed may develop skin problems due to their short and thin hair coat. Hence, in order to prevent this problem, it is recommended to provide them high quality diet with emphasis on human grade food.
Apart from this, Chinese Chongqing Dog breed is not susceptible to major genetic health issues arising due to inbreeding because the breed has evolved naturally. Natural evolution helps avoid undesirable traits.
Life Expectancy: Average life span of a Chinese Chongqing Dog is considered to be about 18 years.
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The short, harsh and sparse hair coat of this breed requires minimal grooming. You simply need to brush and comb it occasionally to maintain it in perfect glossy condition.
In addition, the dog needs to be bathed only when necessary. Other Chinese Chongqing Dog grooming responsibilities are trimming toenails, checking and cleaning eyes, ears folds of skin, brushing teeth and so on.
Chinese Chongqing Dog temperament is calm, courageous, confident, loyal, alert and intelligent. These dogs are usually aloof and wary of strangersbut they are extremely affectionate with family.
These strong and independent dogs are best matched with assertive and dominant dog owners.
It is essential to train and socialized Chinese Chongqing puppies right from the beginning with respect, fairness and consistency or else they can become aggressive.
With early socialization in hand, they can get along well with other household pets; need to be supervised around non canine pets, though.
Plus, they are good with kids. Hence, apart from being good hunting and guard dogs, Chinese Chongqing Dogs make wonderful companion dogs as well.
These well muscled dogs enjoy accompanying you for activities like jogging and hiking. In fact, they need vigorous exercise at least for half an hour daily to remain healthy and happy.
As these dogs are driven by keen natural instincts and prey drive, they should not be allowed to roam outside without supervision.
When provided with adequate amount of physical and mental stimulation, these dogs do well in apartment situation because they do not require large areas to fulfill their exercise needs.
They prefer to live in quiet environments with access to serene grassy yard and regular exercise.
Thus, breeders in the United States avoid selling any Chinese Chongqing Dog to families living in apartments.