Monday, March 24, 2014

Rare Breed Monday: Chinese Chongqing Dog

Chinese Chongqing dog, image from molosserdogs.com
The Chinese Chongqing Dog is native to the Chongqing city in China and it is very rare, even in China. They are traditionally used for hunting, protection of the home, and companionship.

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 ~

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    1. Yes! The dog on the picture looks a bit sad. Makes me want to hug him/her.

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