|Chinese Chongqing dog, image from molosserdogs.com|
These dogs are known to be alert, intelligent, and dignified. They are devoted to their families and good with respectful children, but can be aloof with other dogs and suspicious towards strangers. However, if the owner accepts a stranger the Chongqing dog will as well, even if the owner leaves.
The breed is ancient and said to have existed for at least 2,000 years, since the time of the Han Dynasty in Ancient China. They have evolved through natural evolution, and have keen instincts.
With sufficient exercise they can do okay in an apartment, but they love a grassy yard. They make good jogging companions, but besides exercise they prefer peace and quiet. A "rowdy" household might make them uncomfortable.
Chongqing dogs are very healthy, and the life expectancy is 18 years. They do have a thin coat and some individuals develop skin problems. Other than that, no major health problems are known.
~ Maria Sadowski ~