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Chongqing Dog

Rare and ancient breed from China


The Chongqing Dog originated in South Western China, in the regions of Chongqing and Sichuan and is believed to have been around for around 2.000 years. Chinese farmers relied on this dog to hunt rabbits, wild boar, deer and birds. These tough dogs also protect the farmer’s livestock and homes. The Chongqing Dog suffered when the Chinese Communist party placed a ban on pet dogs, banning them as pets and mass slaughtering many. Luckily they were saved from extinction because of their isolated location in remote mountains and because it was proven to be a working dog who was deemed exempt. Once the ban was lifted 30 years later, the popularity of the Chongqing Dog began to recover and spread. Then came another blow for the dog population; In 2003, China suffered from a viral respiratory disease (SARS) outbreak. The dogs were killed in large numbers, and their numbers sank. Today the Chongqing Dog is extremely rare and it is estimated that there are less than 2,000 remaining in the world. National interest in native dog breeds within China have increased, so they have seen an increase in numbers. For a dog who has a lineage that has survived for so long, it seems only fitting that fate deals it a kind hand for a change. Reserved, dignified and solid as a rock, this dog is unique and valuable.

Read more about the history of this breed – HERE

OTHER NAMES – Chinese Chongqing Dog


The Chongqing Dog is a noble and dignified dog, proven to be good with children, although the children must be taught to respect the dog and give them space when needed – rough play will not be tolerated by these dogs. This dog can be aloof with other dogs and non-canine pets, but with careful socialising when young, this tendency can be overcome. Fearless and powerful, they make ideal guard dogs who will let you know when strangers are entering your property. Strangers will easily be aware of their presence; only the unwise will test this dog’s determination to protect. Chongqing Dogs love a nice grassy garden and tends to enjoy quieter moments with their family rather than boisterous games, although they will enjoy some fetching and tug of war fun. This breed of dog can be aggressive towards other dogs of the same sex. The Chongqing Dog has a strong territorial nature, and it does retain the potential for aggression. Therefore, this is a dog that needs an experienced owner, someone who understands this canine’s character and can control the animal through training, patience, and dedication.


This information is taken from kennel clubs and other reliable sources

PURPOSE BRED FORHunting, Guarding, Companion
TEMPERAMENTIntelligent, Alert, Devoted
EXERCISE NEEDEDUp to 1 hour per day
HEIGHT – MALE40-45 cm / 15.5-17.5 in (to shoulder)
HEIGHT – FEMALE35-40 cm / 13.5-15.5 in (to shoulder)
COAT TYPEShort, Harsh


  • Chongqing Dogs were used to hunt a wide range of animals such as boars, rabbits, and on rare occasions, tigers.
  • Today these dogs are considered to be one of the rarest in the world.
  • The ideal owner for this dog is an experienced dog handler who will be able to gain the respect of this confident and proud dog and become the leader of the pack.
  • If you are an avid hiker or enjoy exploring the great outdoors, this dog will be a keen buddy who will want to tag along with you.
  • Owners of Chongqing Dogs must clean the dog’s facial wrinkles on a daily basis. Otherwise food, water, and other particles may get trapped in them, leading to irritations and infections.


This dog is so rare it is only recognised by one kennel club, below


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Here’s some websites specifically dedicated to this breed, click to view them. I am not affiliated with any of these sites, they’re just here for further information. Please note I will not advertise breeders on this site and as many websites dedicated to a specific breed are run by breeders, sometimes there’s fewer sites listed here.

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