China is well-known for pandas, dragons and silkworm. But did you know China is also home to some of the most eclectic dog breeds? Big, small, fluffy or hairless, there is certainly a dog breed in China that appeals to you and suits your preferences.
Historical evidence has pointed out that it was in the Middle Kingdom that domestication of do China is well-known for pandas, dragons and silkworm. But did you know China is also home to some of the most eclectic dog breeds? Big, small, fluffy or hairless, there is certainly a dog breed in China that appeals to you and suits your preferences. Historical evidence has pointed out that it was in the Middle Kingdom that domestication of dogs was first initiated. This can be traced as far back as 15,000 years ago, where scientists have identified maximum genetic variation. There was also a time in Chinese history when certain canine species were patronized by the rich and the elite.
Unlike the yesteryears, people in China have grown to love dogs. Now it’s common for a Chinese family to have a pet dog, despite stringent government regulations.The Chongqing Dog has one of the most unique appearances of any dog breed and is completely unmistakable to those familiar with this animal. The Chongqing Dog is the epitome of a medium-sized dog. The Chongqing dog’s face, like his bulldog cousins , has wrinkles. Males usually stand between 40-45 cm tall at the shoulder and weigh between 17-19 kg . The noticeably smaller females usually stand between 35 and 40 cm tall at the shoulder and weigh between 13 and 17 kg. This is a very squarely proportioned breed although some individuals are slightly longer from chest to rump than they are tall from ceiling to shoulder. .The body is somewhat longer than the height at the withers. In general, this breed is quite stocky and compact, but not to a great extreme. The Chongqing Dog is a very muscular breed, whose athleticism and tone is clearly visible beneath its short coat. The north Chongqing dog fur is thick and dense, in the South Chongqing dog is only with undercoat witch change totally in summer and winter, its a natural phenomenon. .Dogs being slightly less hairy is preferred , and more valuable and wanted .This breed does have somewhat loose skin, but not to the extent where it diminishes the muscular appearance.The tail of the Chongqing Dog is perhaps the breed’s most unique feature. These dogs possess what is known as a #bambootail . This tail is naturally short to medium in length and set high on the dog’s body. The tail is usually carried completely straight without any curve. When the dog is in motion, the tail is usually carried slightly upright at approximately a 45 degree angle from the back. The tail is incredibly thick at the base but tapers to a very sharp point at the end. Perhaps most interestingly, the tail of the CQ dog is almost completely hairless.
The head and face of the CQ dog are also quite unique. The head of this breed is large for the size of the body, and clearly exhibits immense power. The skull is flat on top and possesses well-pronounced cheek muscles, making it look like the dog has a square head. The muzzle is quite distinct from the rest of the head and connects to it quite abruptly. The muzzle itself is quite short, but very broad and deep, giving a square profile. The top lips of this breed completely cover the lower lips but should always be tight fitting. The mouth is another key breed feature. Like the Chow Chow and Shar Pei, the mouth and tongue of the Chinese Chongqing Dog are primarily blue-black in color. The nose of the CQ dog should be large, black, and slightly higher than the rest of the muzzle. The face of the CQ dog is covered in wrinkles. These wrinkles should not be excessive like those of the Shar Pei or Pug, but are usually comparable to pet-quality of Old English Bulldog . The eyes should be dark brown in color and neither sunken nor bulging. The ears of this breed are another key characteristic. They must be small-in-size, triangular-in-shape, face directly forwards, strongly erect, and either completely hairless or nearly so. The overall expression of most Chongqing Dogs is intense, wise, and somewhat primitive.The coat of the Chinese Chongqing Dog is very unique, with only the Shar Pei possessing a similar one. The coat is short, flat, not dense, and very harsh to the touch. Ideally, the coat should be visibly glossy. Many breed members have coats that are so sparse that they are nearly hairless, although complete hairlessness is not seen in this breed. The ears and tail are usually completely hairless, and sometimes the muzzle, face, neck, chest, and belly are as well. The back of this breed also typically has less hair than the rest of the body. The Chongqing Dog should be solidly colored, ideally red ,reddish brown and black. The black skin of this breed is often clearly visible, making some dogs look as though they have black muzzles, faces, chests, tails, backs, and ears.