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GENERAL APPEARANCE: A compact dog of medium size and substance, nearly square in profile, strongly built, muscular, and powerful. The Chongqing dog is a masterpiece of nature, unique in his coat, tail, and appearance of the head: active, alert, fearless and loyal.
SIZE, PROPORTION, SUBSTANCE: Dogs - 16-19.5 inches (40-50 cm) at the withers, and 44-54 pounds (20-25 kg) weight. Bitches - 14-16 inches (35-40 cm) at the withers, and 33-44 pounds (15-20 kg) weight. Length of head, neck, and legs to be in proportion to length and depth of body. He should not be too massive or racy (streamline/flowing lines) in outline. In comparing specimens of different sex, due allowance must be made in favor of the bitches who may not have as much head or substance as do the males. There is an impression of femininity in bitches as compared to an impression of masculinity in dogs.
HEAD: Strong, moderately large in proportion to the size of the dog. Deep through, flat and broad skull, pronounced cheek muscles, distinct stop. Should have sufficient play of skin to form wrinkles between the eyes beginning at the base of the muzzle and extending up the forehead.
Faults: Skin too deep and heavily wrinkled.
EARS: Set high, small in proportion to the head, thin, triangular in shape, open toward the front, and strongly erect.
Faults: Not strongly erect, hanging, broken down, cropped.
EYES: Dark brown in color, moderate size, neither sunken nor bulging. The eye rims black.
NOSE: Broad and black, the tip of the nose should lie slightly higher than the root of the muzzle.
MUZZLE: Nearly square in profile. Jaws well defined. Underjaw to be strong and have biting power. Lips should be tight.
MOUTH AND TONGUE: Should have spots or patches of bluish-black on the surface of the tongue, a solid bluish-black mouth is ideal. Teeth should be healthy, strong, and regular, scissors bite or moderately undershot jaw, but the teeth should be invisible when the mouth is closed.
Faults: Too pointed a bite, too undershot, teeth showing when mouth closed.

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