The Chinese Chongqing is a rare dog breed that originated in China, where they have a history of hunting and guarding livestock or crops. This breed is characterized as having an independent and notably "fearless" personality, making them ideal for guarding. When an unknown person or animal is on your property, your Chongqing will let you know by barking. Chinese Chongqings are medium-sized pups that range anywhere from 26 to 51 pounds, depending on their age and gender. Because of their size and personality, they do get along with children, but they will not put up with being played with roughly.
Most Chinese Chongqings are wary of unknown animals, including other dogs, which is why it's "impawtant" to socialize them at a young age. As this breed tends to be independent, and even stubborn, it's recommended you don't take them on as a first-time pooch. Rather, Chinese Chongqings do better with an experienced handler who can meet their needs, both physical and mental. If you do own a Chinese Chongqing, fill their schedule with stimulating activities and tasks that you can explore together.
Take advantage of your Chinese Chongqing's innate ability to hunt by harnessing this skill into an engaging, fun game, like find the treasure. Find the treasure involves your pooch searching for a series of items or objects that you've hidden throughout the house or yard.
To make the most of the game and to ensure your pooch is utilizing their nose as well as their eyes, you can add the smell of dog food to the mix. To do this, simply cover the objects in the scent of the food prior to hiding them. This will stimulate your pup's olfactory system throughout the activity, forcing them to think while they move!
Carting is one way to let your Chinese Chongqing exert energy and further build their muscle strength. As Chinese Chongqings were bred to work, these pups are eager to please and complete tasks. This is why carting would be a "pawfect" way to challenge your pup's physical strength and stamina.
For this activity, you will need to purchase a sturdy, good quality harness and a cart, unless you choose to train at a facility where the cart is provided. You can use the harness for carting to complete other activities together, such as urban sledding. After you have your cart and harness, teach your pooch the basics and learn all the ways you can expand this activity to optimize their workout! Once your pooch learns how to pull a cart, you can use this skill to make everyday tasks easier, such as bringing home the groceries!
Urban sledding is similar to carting, except you will be the thing that your pooch is pulling. For this activity, your pup will need to be able to pull your body weight when you are on a non-motorized vehicle, such as a bike or scooter. If your pup is unable to do this, you should stick with carting instead of sledding.
For those with strong Chinese Chongqings, this activity provides you with a new way to explore your community together that involves your pooch leading while you command where to go! Of course, you'll need to train your dog to sled before enjoying the full benefits, but once they learn the basics, you can venture through your community while guiding by your pup!
Overall, Chinese Chongqings are intelligent and powerful pups with a moderate energy level, requiring at least 30 to 60 minutes of exercise daily. This exercise should target both your pup's body and mind to give them the "ultimutt" workout. For starters, you can make use of their strength by teaching them how to cart and urban sled. Both activities require them to learn how to pull, which can take some time, but the payoff is well worth the investment! You'll also need to purchase a harness, non-motorized vehicle and cart if you don't have these materials already.
Other activities you should try with your Chongqing is obedience training and socialization activities. To socialize your pup, bring them to the dog park regularly, arrange play dates and walk them daily. The more dogs they're exposed to, the less wary they'll become of strangers. Obedience training, like socialization, should start at a young age and continue throughout your Chinese Chongqing's lifetime. Finally, have fun with your pup and put their olfactory system to the test by playing games like a treasure hunt! With a busy, active schedule, your Chinese Chongqing will stay happy and healthy!