The Chinese Chongqing dog is an ancient and unique breed, thought to have been in existence since the Han dynasty in China. The origin of this breed is Chongqing, located in the southwestern region of the China. The Chongqing dogs are used for hunting ( scent hound ) and protection of the home, they are good working dog and family companion.
The Chinese Chongqing dog is quite different from many western breeds, it is known that many western breeds are "man-made", but the Chinese Chongqing dog is a "natural" breed. They were bred for centuries with little regard for conformation, but solely for their working capabilities, and in the old days, geographical isolation make the breed remained pure without the interference from the outside( Introductions to Chongqing ). They shaped by the forces of nature, natural selection has successfully eliminated undesirable traits in the breed. Therefore, no known major health problems exist in the Chinese Chongqing dog.
> Breed History
This sculpture bearing a strong resemblance to the Chinese Chongqing dog disentomb came from a tomb of Han dynasty. It was made about 1,700 years ago, and it was discovered in Chongqing in 1987. Some native archeologists after studying archeological findings estimated the breed's history to go back about 2000 years. This conclusion was reached by numerous experts after considering not only history but also geography of Chongqing.
If more scientific evidences are needed, more experts must be contacted and more scientific study must be performed. However, it will be a difficult work.
After the establishment of the People's Republic of China(1949), the dog population of China was essentially eliminated. Few dogs were seen in the cities, the number of the Chongqing dogs were very few, only some farmers and hunters in remote villages were able to keep these dogs, these people kept their Chongqing dogs for the sole purpose of working them. During this period, it is quite fortunate that this breed even survived. Only when pet ownership started to become popular in cities at end of 80's, 20th, had the Chongqing dog been recognized by city dwellers in this area as well. Until now, most of the Chongqing dogs are stillin Chongqing, they are even unknown in the other area of China.
> Live with the Chinese Chongqing Dog
The Chinese Chongqing dog is adaptable to country or city living if they are sufficiently exercised. This is a dog of medium size, they do not need a large space, they will do okay in an apartment, but they do need regular exercise.
The Chinese Chongqing dog is a natural hunter and should never be allowed to roam without supervision. But after introducing, they can get along with your other pets very well.
The Chinese Chongqing dog's coat is short and requires minimal routine brushing to keep it healthy and in good condition. Bathe only when necessary.