This is a dog that was allowed to develop organically over time through natural selection rather than forced inbreeding. They have also survived for many hundreds of years in harsh climates with little human intervention. Both of these factors have ensured that the Chongqing dog is a particularly healthy breed.
This dog has virtually no protection from the cold. When the temperature drops, these dogs should be provided coats and booties to prevent frostbite, disease, and freezing to death. The lack of hair, particularly that found on the back, tail, ears, and face, also makes this breed vulnerable to sunburn. Owners should limit the amount of time these dogs spend outdoors, and should regularly apply sunscreen if they are to be in the sun for any length of time.
The known health concerns in Chongqing dogs includes:
Prolapse of the third eyelid commonly referred to as Cherry eye.
-Vaginal prolapse in bitches.
-Bifid nose or nares (defined as a clefting or deep splitting of the medial cleft between the 2 nose chambers beginning at the tubercle of the upper lip extending vertically to the tip of the nose).
-Hydrocephalus (water on the brain).
With no relevant scientific studies having been performed, and there being such a small number of dogs to assess, it is difficult to say with any certainty what health conditions affect this breed. There is no specific grooming required as this dog is a very short-haired breed ( best breed for people with allergies ). The life expectancy is fairly high , it’s a remarkably long living breed.
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