Appearance of the Chinese Chongqing Dog
|A medium-sized, robust and muscular breed, their powerful body is easy to appreciate due to the short length of their unusual coat. They are squarely built, with a large head that has a distinctly short muzzle. Their faces have modest wrinkles, much less pronounced than those of their cousin the Shar Pei. However, like their Chinese relatives, the Shar Pei and Chow Chow, the Chinese Chongqing dog should have a blue-black discoloration on its tongue. Their ears are distinctive and will be one of the first things you notice when you meet them. They are perfectly triangular, relatively small compared to the size of their large head, and are always very erect. Their tails are exceptionally unusual in the dog world: hairless, straight as a stick and pointing upwards. Males measure between 40 and 50 centimeters, while females are considerably shorter at 35 to 40 centimeters. The smallest female will weigh between 15 and 20 kilos, while the male will weigh between 20 and 25 kg. Their skin is slightly wrinkled, and these wrinkles are visible because of their short, sparse coat. In fact, many members of the breed will display completely hairless ears, tail, muzzle and chest. Their coat may be reddish-brown or dark brown, and their black skin may be visible underneath.
Temperament of the Chinese Chongqing Dog
|Depending on their use and lineage, the Chinese Chongqing dog will show different traits. Dogs kept for work are generally more distant from humans, more motivated and active. Those kept as pets will tend to form close bonds with family members, and will be loyal and extremely protective of them and their possessions. Because of its long history as a guard dog, this breed will be wary of new people and tends to show aggression. Very early socialization is essential to enable this dog to interact safely with children and other animals. Mixing with young children is not recommended due to the breed's physical strength and dominant personality. Likewise, keeping the Chinese Chongqing dog with smaller animals is not recommended, for fear of their safety. A dog that has been used for so long as a hunter will always possess the instincts of its ancestors, and will be able to act as a predator when the opportunity arises. Keeping a Chinese Chongqing next to another dog is not recommended, as it tends to show a high degree of aggression.
Needs and activities of the Chinese Chongqing Dog
|The Chinese Chongqing dog has moderate exercise requirements and would benefit from a vigorous 30-minute walk every day. They will generally want more exercise than this, however, and would be happy to accompany you on hikes and long walks in the mountains. As with many dogs, if the Chinese Chongqing is underused, it is likely to display undesirable behaviors, such as hyperactivity in the house. They enjoy access to large gardens, but due to their strong prey drive and aversion to strangers close to their territory, the garden must be very secure. Because of this breed's physical strength, territorial nature and potential for aggression, it is not a recommended dog for a first-time owner. In the right hands, however, the intelligent Chinese Chongqing can be well trained. However, they are known to be a stubborn dog who doesn't live to please, so his trainer must be dedicated and patient. The trainer must make it clear that he is the leader of the relationship, a position that the confident and proud Chinese Chongqing dog will constantly challenge.
Maintenance of the Chinese Chongqing Dog
|Due to the very short nature of their coat, they are a low-maintenance breed requiring little intervention. They should be brushed once a week to distribute their natural oils over their coat and remove any dead fur. More bathing is not recommended, as it can dry out the skin. Washing is only necessary if the dog becomes particularly dirty or muddy. Because of their potential for hostility and aggression, it is strongly advised that all routine grooming tasks be introduced to the dog at a very young age to increase acceptance. This should include brushing teeth, cleaning ears, brushing coats and trimming nails. In addition, the Chinese Chongqing dog's wrinkles should be checked frequently and the deepest parts of the wrinkle cleaned regularly to prevent wet dermatitis.