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Types of Chinese Chongqing Dogs

Head shot of a red colored dog with a more round head and pushed back face with more wrinkles next to a red colored dog with a boxy muzzle and prick ears

(left) A Chongqing Hound vs. Chuandong Hound (right)

The Chinese Chongqing Dog is an old, 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 China.

In 2017 the Chinese Chongqing Dog was officially divided into two types: the Chongqing Hound and the Chuandong Hound.

Types

The two breeds have the same ancestors and both were commonly called Chongqing dogs in China. The CKU (China Kennel Union) made a distinction between the two different types.

Two dogs side by side of a comparison between the Chongqing Hound and the a Chuandong Hound

(left) A Chongqing Hound vs. Chuandong Hound (right)

The Chuandong Hound kept the original look of the first ancient Chongqing Dogs. It is a scent hound type, used in the mountains for hunting. It has a longer muzzle.

Whereas the Chongqing Hound is a Bulldog type commonly found in the city. The Chongqing Dog has Boxer, Bulldog, Shar Pei and many other breeds in its DNA. It has a shorter muzzle, rounder head and a flater, wide skull shape.

Both the Chongqing Hound and the Chuandong Hound are in the process of FCI recognition.

Few people know about these two Chinese breeds. They are even rare in China, with the Chuandong Hound being the rarest.

A Sculpture of the Chinese Chongqing dog made in a white materialClose Up head shot - A white Sculpture of the Chinese Chongqing

The Chinese Chongqing dog is an ancient breed. It has been in existence since the Han Dynasty, but few people know the breed. This sculpture disentomb came from a tomb from the Han Dynasty. It was made about 1,700 years ago, and it was discovered in Chongqing in 1987. Photo courtesy of The Chinese Chongqing Dog Club (of China)