Chinese Chongqing – Dignified and Noble

What makes the Chinese Chongqing Unique?

The Chinese Chongqing Dog originated in the Southwestern region of China 2000 years ago during the Han Dynasty. This unique and ancient breed were mainly owned by the elite for protection and as a status symbol. They are scent hounds and avid hunters of small game. They are extremely rare and very difficult to obtain.


Size: Males – 40 to 50 cm (16 to 19.5 inches)
Females – 35 to 40 cm (14 to 16 inches)
Weight: Males – 33 to 44 kg (44 to 54 pounds)
Females – 15 to 20 kg (20 to 25 pounds)
Origin: China
Life Span: 18 Years
Colour: Deep brown/mahogany color in a thin coat
Litter Size: 3 to 6 puppies

Is the Chinese Chongqing Right For You?

The Chongqing Dog is noble, alert, intelligent and dignified. It is good with respectful children, but can be aloof with dogs it is not familiar with. Proper leadership and canine to human communication will resolve this. Socialize this working breed well as a puppy with other dogs and non-canine pets. The Chinese Chongqing Dog is fearless, powerful and muscular. They are natural non-canine pets. The Chinese Chongqing Dog is fearless, powerful and muscular. They are natural guard dogs with high drive but are not suitable for competitive or police bite work.

The Chongqing Dog will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised, but it isn’t ideal. Breeders in the U.S. usually won’t sell to anyone living in an apartment. This is a dog of medium size; it does not need a large space, but it does need regular exercise and loves a nice, grassy yard. The Chongqing Dog tends to prefer quieter moments when at home with its family and will not do well in a “rowdy” household.

In 5 Words

  • Protective
  • Companion
  • Fearless
  • Powerful
  • Competitive
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Health Issues

Learn About the Chinese Chongqing



The Chongqing Dog is a medium sized dog with a deep brown/mahogany color in a thin coat. Its ears are erect and teeth should meet in scissor bite or be slightly undershot. The teeth should not be visible when the mouth is closed in a natural position. Males should be muscular and well defined, whereas females tend to be more streamlined with an air of femininity.

Height: Males 16 – 19.5 inches (40 – 50 cm) Females14 – 16 inches (35 – 40 cm)
Weight: Males 44 – 54 pounds (20 – 25 kg) Females 33 – 44 (15 – 20 kg)

Short History

Short History of the Chinese Chongqing

The Chinese Chongqing Dog is a rare breed that is said to have been in existence since the early Han Dynasty in China. The breed originated from the Chongqing city of China where they were used for home protection and as hunting dogs. There are very few Chinese Chongqing dogs left in the world. Most of these dogs live in rural communities and the breed is considered to be extremely rare, even in its homeland of China.



The Chongqing dog may be protective of its family and owners, but if a stranger to the dog is kind and the owner is present, the dog will grow to respect it. They are usually a good family companion. However, these dogs are said to be wary of unknown strangers, and if it senses fear, it will prepare for action and attack if any false moves or suspicious actions are made.

Caring for Your Chinese Chongqing


General Health

The Chinese Chongqing Dog breed of dog does require regular daily exercise to remain healthy. These dogs have been used for hunting and guard work in China for over 2000 years and they are still quite active dogs. No known major health problems occur in this breed, because there has been no inbreeding. However, because of the thin coat, some individual dogs develop skin problems. The life expectancy is 18 years for both males and females. No specific grooming is required, as this is a short-haired breed not shown.

Grooming & Bathing

Grooming & Bathing

Because of the breed’s short, flat coat the dog’s skin is often near the surface. Regular brushing and grooming are necessary to keep the dog healthy. The dog’s facial wrinkles may need special cleaning to keep them clean and healthy. Clean the ears regularly to prevent ear infections.

Exercise & Training

Exercise & Training

This breed needs at least 30 minutes of vigorous exercise a day. They make good jogging and hiking companions or at least need to have a daily, brisk, long walk. Whether you are walking or jogging it is important that the dog is made to heel beside or behind the human holding the lead. Never in front, as instinct tells a dog the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human. The Chinese Chongqing Dog is a natural hunter and should never be allowed to roam without supervision.