Protecting and preserving the Chinese dog breed

1 Chinese dog: the Chuandong Hound

Chuandong Hound - COK9 - Eastern Sichuan Hound

A unique and precious Chinese dog

Its history goes back more than 2,000 years, to the Han Dynasty (200 BC).

The Chuandong Hound is a medium-sized Chinese dog with an Asian face. The Chuandong Hound resembles the ancient statues found by archaeologists in April 2000. The diamond-shaped folds on the forehead reveal the breed's authenticity. Its eyes light up wisdom.

Initially, this Chinese dog was used to hunt wild boar and badgers, but also to protect shepherds' flocks.

Excellent guardians, they were used to secure palaces and feudal families.

The Chuandong Hound has an acute sense of territory.

It lives mainly in the eastern Sichuan region of China, in the middle of the mountains, where the Giant pandas live.

What makes this Chinese dog unique and precious is its worldwide rarity.

There are more giant pandas than Chuandong Hounds.

Today, there are around thirty Chuandong Hounds with perfect characteristics and only 500 specimens in the whole of China.

1994: first public appearance of the chuandong hound

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2017, new name for CKU

The CKU (Chinese Kennel Union) has definitively given him the name Chuandong Hound.

Before this new name, the breed had several names:

Linshui Dog / Bamboo Dog / Water Dog / Foot Dog / Mountain Dog / Yishan / Yangshan Dog / Cave Dog / Hechuan, Guang, Tianba or Red Chuan Dog / Quad Dog and Chongqing Hunting Dog.

The name Chuandong Hound distinguishes it from another Chinese dog, the Chongqing Dog (short-nosed city dog).

Although these two types of dog have coexisted for many years in the Chinese border province of Sichuan and Yunnan, it is now important for the CKU to separate the two types of dog that have evolved for their future development.


The year 2000, a historic discovery

On 20 April 2000, a huge cemetery dating back to the Han dynasty was discovered near the city of Chongqing,

The tombs of nobles were accompanied by pottery and statues of dogs with red collars and rhombuses on their foreheads.

Researchers believe that these statues represent the Chuandong Hound.

Today, this Chinese dog is still little known in China and around the world.

a dog like no other

Chuandong Hounds are perfectly built
. Its appearance is powerful, proud and elegant.

Flat back, short, erect ears tilted forward, perfectly proportioned head, scissor-like teeth, short coat with no undercoat, blue tongue and, last but not least, a tail that is broad at the base, long and stiff, known as the Bamboo tail, which is found nowhere else.

This dog is perfectly planted on its feet.
This dog does not moult, so does not shed.

He is currently being recognised by the FCI as a Group 6 dog.

It can nevertheless take part in the FCI competition in certain countries, in group 11:

  1. Serbia
  2.  Bulgaria
  3.  Macedonia
  4.  KS Kosovo
  5.  Croatia
  6.  Slovenia
  7.  Moldavia
  8.  Ukraine
  9.  Russia
  10.  Georgia
  11.  Armenia
  12.  Belarus
  13.  Slovakia
  14.  Hungary
  15.  Poland
  16.  Montenegro
  17.  Lithuania
  18.  Bosnia Herzegovina
  19. Holland
  20.  Luxemburg
  21.  Spain
  22.  Switzerland

Despite their strong, powerful appearance, Chuandong Hounds are courageous, affectionate and protective.

This Chinese dog needs at least half an hour's physical exercise every day.
He loves children, but as with most dogs, supervision is required.

See the breed standard

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chuandong hound temperament

This Chinese dog is as stubborn as any Chinese dog I know.

As a family with children, the Chuandong fits in very well.

He loves to play and is extremely affectionate.

This last point is worth considering, as its primitive side can quickly get the better of it.

In other words, the Chuandong needs firmness and limits, without which it will quickly become dominant and uncontrollable.

They are loyal but determined, with a strong instinct to protect their resources (food, masters).

Like all dogs, they need to be in their place, but even more so than other breeds.

Cohabitation with other dogs is not recommended unless they are of the opposite sex.


- This Chinese dog is definitely not for "first-time buyers".

- If you've never had a dog in your home, don't bother.

Knowledge in dog training is strongly recommended.

- Availability is required for his education.