Xiasi Dog

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
China
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the Xiasi Dog

Xiasi dogs are distinguished by their lean, muscular bodies, short, stiff white coats and innate ability to hunt and protect. They have lived with their owners in China's Guizhou province for centuries and are considered a lucky omen that brings wealth to their homes. They are affectionate dogs and extremely loyal to their owners. Intelligent and eager to please, they are easy to train and adapt well to most situations. They were originally trained as guard dogs because of their sense of smell and speed, combined with long-lasting endurance. Today, Xiasi, or their official name, Xiasi Quan, are mainly hunting or companion dogs. They have a strong hunting instinct, so they must be kept on a leash when out walking in case they smell something interesting. Because they're used to hunting in groups, they get on well with other dogs, but if they're not raised with other smaller animals, they may see them as prey.

History of the Xiasi Dog

The Xiasi Dog is also known as the Xiasi Quan and is native to China's Guizhou province. Their stiff white coat, large face and lean muscular body are perfect for hunting. They can move quickly and track fast, agile prey. They have a keen sense of smell and impressive speed and endurance. Named after the local village of Xiasi, they were believed to bring wealth and prosperity to their owners. This belief gave rise to a deep respect for the dog, said to have begun in 1080, as they hunted and provided animals for their owners. Originally, these beautiful dogs were not only the hunter, but also served as domestic protection. Xiasi's intelligence meant they were easy to train and became a valuable part of family life. Their gentle temperament at home and the fact that they are very receptive to human advice made them popular as pets. Xiasi Quan have been living with the people of Guizhou for a very long time. In their native province, Xiasi are bred to fight boars in competitions. This unfortunate form of entertainment involves several fights, each lasting three minutes, with the dog judged on its willingness to attack and the number of attacks it makes. Although fearless and aggressive in competition, they remain gentle and affectionate at home. Sadly, their numbers are dwindling, with the breed now on the brink of extinction in the near future.

Appearance of the Xiasi Dog

The Xiasi Dog has a distinctive look, with their stiff white coat, large face and small pointed ears, they resemble a larger version of a West Highland Terrier or perhaps the cartoon dog Snowy, who was a Wire Fox Terrier. Their cute appearance belies their history as a fearless watchdog and boar-fighting dog. This dog has a muscular body that is well proportioned and they have a flat back and a thick rope like tail that is held high on alert. Their eyes are small and round and stand out under a fringe of stiff white hair. They have a long, gently rounded muzzle and the skin appears pink or red around the mouth, nose and ears. Long, straight legs give them impressive speed and their chest, though not deep, gives them stamina. Powerful padded paws and sturdy legs offer agility over rough terrain when hunting.

Temperament of the Xiasi Dog

The Xiasi Dog is a rare breed that is on the verge of extinction. Known mainly in China's Guizhou province, they were once considered valuable pets and were thought to bring wealth and prosperity to their families. They were often hunters, bringing valuable meat and skins to the owner. They were also bred to fight boars in competitions. Judged on their willingness to attack, these fights were considered a sport until recently. Despite this stain on their history, they are not aggressive dogs at home. They bond well with their families and are loyal, affectionate dogs. They are good watchdogs because nothing happens around them. They are easy to train and willing to please their master. Gentle and patient with youngsters, they make good family dogs. Smaller animals, such as cats and rabbits, can be considered prey. So be sure to keep them under control if these species are present. Other than that, the Xiasi dog is a welcome addition to any home.

Needs and activities of the Xiasi Dog

The Xiasi Dog was bred to hunt and continues in this role to this day. They are tireless workers and eager to please their master. Therefore, if your dog is a companion, take him running with you or train him to run alongside your bike. Adaptive by nature, they are eager to learn, which makes training easier. They form close bonds with all family members and have been known to play with the youngest. The most important thing is that they demand a good energy walk every day. It's essential to their well-being. Involve them in as many activities as you can and they'll be a happy dog.

Maintenance of the Xiasi Dog

Xiasi Dogs have stiff white coats that require weekly brushing to remove loose hair and prevent matting. Although they are not great shedders, they still need brushing to stay at their best. White coats can often look a little dirty, so they may need a bath from time to time to brighten up their appearance. Be sure to use a mild dog shampoo to preserve the natural oils that protect them in wet weather. Wipe their ears weekly to keep them clean, and keep their teeth clean and their breath sweet by cleaning them two or three times a week. A clip of the nails, and a cuddle for being so patient and your Xiasi dog is primed and looking great.

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