Breed Standard

Though it is not a well-known breed in China, it appears that the CQD is starting to find its way into the show ring. We will be showing the dogs here in Canada and making and effort to have the dogs recognized in registries accepting rare breeds. The following is the current standard being promoted for the breed:
    GENERAL APPEARANCE: A compact dog of medium size and substance, nearly square in profile, strongly built, muscular, and powerful. The Chongqing dog is a masterpiece of nature, unique in his coat, tail, and appearance of the head: active, alert, fearless and loyal.
    SIZE, PROPORTION, SUBSTANCE: Dogs - 16-19.5 inches (40-50 cm) at the withers, and 44-54 pounds (20-25 kg) weight. Bitches - 14-16 inches (35-40 cm) at the withers, and 33-44 pounds (15-20 kg) weight. The length of the head, neck, and legs should be in proportion to length and depth of body. The dog should not be too massive or racy (streamline/flowing lines) in outline. In comparing specimens of different sex, due allowance must be made in favor of the bitches who may not have as much head or substance as do the males. Females do have a more feminine appearance and the males, a more masculine look.
    HEAD: Strong, moderately large in proportion to the size of the dog. Deep through, flat and broad skull, pronounced cheek muscles, distinct stop. Should have sufficient play of skin to form wrinkles between the eyes beginning at the base of the muzzle and extending up the forehead. Faults: Skin too deep and heavily wrinkled.

    EARS: Set high, small in proportion to the head, thin, triangular in shape, open toward the front, and strongly erect. Faults: Not strongly erect, hanging, broken down, cropped.

    EYES: Dark brown in color, moderate size, neither sunken nor bulging. The eye rims black.

    NOSE: Broad and black, the tip of the nose should lie slightly higher than the root of the muzzle.

    MUZZLE: Nearly square in profile. Jaws well defined. Lower jaw to be strong and have biting power. Lips should be tight.