The Chongqing is an ancient breed of dogs, originally bred for hunting rabbits and wild boars. Named after the Chinese city of Chongqing, the dogs are now mainly kept by the people belonging to rural communities for the protection of their families and belongings. The Chongqing dogs are categorized into three types based on the difference in their body size, including small, medium, and large. Overall, these are slim, attractive, and elegant dogs with a well-proportioned body, erect ears, ample chest, well-sprung ribs, and a pointed tail.
|Other Names||Chongqing Dog, Chinese Mountain Dog, East Sichuan Hunting Dog, Chuandong Dog|
|Coat||Very short, sparse hairs|
|Color||Mahogany, dark brown|
|Category||Molossers, Working Dogs|
|Lifespan||Approximately 18 years|
|Weight||Female: 33-44 lbs
Male: 44-54 lbs
|Height||Female: 12-16 inches
Male: 14-18 inches
|Size of Litter||3-6 puppies|
|Temperament||Noble, intelligent, alert, dignified, spirited|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Country Originated in||China|
|Competitive Registration/Qualification Information||CKCA, DRA, CCDC, CCDBC, APRI|
The Chongqing dogs are believed to have originated more than 2000 years ago, the period when ancient China was ruled by the Han dynasty. Since the mid-20th century, the Chongqing dog population has been decreasing drastically. Today, an estimated 200 purebred Chongqings are in existence.
The Chongqing Dog Conservation Center has been set up to preserve and promote the breed.
Being protective, loyal, and friendly to its people, the Chongqing dog is considered an excellent family companion. It gets along well with children who are gentle and respectful but can be reserved with unknown dogs.
It is a natural guard dog characterized by strength, fearlessness, and watchfulness. If a stranger approaches in the absence of its owner, the Chongqing dog increases its vigilance to make its presence felt. If it senses anything suspicious, then it will defend its family aggressively.
The Chongqing dogs have a mind of their own, and thus need to be trained using a firm, consistent method.
Teach your dog to walk on a leash without pulling. Even if it pulls or spins crazily, there will be an instant when it will stop, and the leash will go slack. Mark that instant and applaud it with treats so that it may associate polite walking with getting rewarded. Shorten its leash so that it cannot leave your side, though ensure that it is not too short to avoid dragging your pet.
Dog-park romps, obedience classes, and play dates with your neighbors’ dogs will help your Chongqing learn how to be friendly with unknown pets. Give your pet dog lots of happy experiences with people of all shapes, colors, and sizes.
Being a working dog, the Chinese Chongqing needs a performance diet comprising 30% protein and 20% fat. You may give your pet quality dry dog food two-three times a day to improve its hunting performance.