Chinese Chongqing Dog: this ancient and rare breed, also known as Eastern Sichuan Province Hunting Dog is named after the region they originated from, Chongqing, China. The Chongqing is a strong and sturdy dog with a brave character and terrier-like characteristics. Although the breed evolved almost entirely through natural selection with little human intervention, its current breed status is still precarious.
Chinese Crested Dog: a hairless dog with typical tufts of hair of the head, feet and tail. More about the Chinese crested and other hairless dogs.
Chinese Foo dog:said to have originated from a cross between a Chow Chow and Nothern European hunting dogs. It is a typical spitz-type dog and exist in toy, miniature or standard size.
The Chow chow is one of the most unusual dog breeds, having the mane of a lion, the (unusual black) tongue of a bear and the fur coat of a dowager. It is a very ancient breed that kept close to the ancestral form of the dog. In China it has been bred for more than 2,000 years for its flesh and its fur, and more recently as a hunting and companian dog. It is one of the most serious-minded of all dog breeds, with an independent, aloof and strong-willed personality. Although it carries a reputation of ferocity, it is unlikely to attack unless provoked. It needs firm but gentle training.
Pekingese: a small companion dog originally bred for the Chinese nobility.
Shar Pei: a loose-skinned, wrinkled breed originally bred for use in dog fights. It was also used to hunt wild boar and as a flock guardian. Read more about the Shar Pei.
Pug: a toy breed with a pushed-in face that most likely originated in China, but was known in Holland by the 1500s. The breed was further developed and standardized in Great-Britain.
Shih Tzu: tzu meaning "of the master" (or, lama), a term dating from 1643, when the Manchu rulers of China received a few "lion dogs" from the Dalai Lama. It is similar to the Lhasa Apso, but with a shorter muzzle.