Qingchuan Hounds are powerful, fierce mountain dogs that make excellent hunting buddies.
Asian and Oceanian
Qingchuan Hound History
Native to the Guangyuan region of Sichuan, Qingchuan Hounds likely resulted from the crossing of Liangshan hunting dogs and local dogs in the semi-rural Qingchuan County. These mountain dogs are known for their speed, endurance, and skill at hunting in groups.
Qingchuan Hound Traits
Qingchuan Hounds are medium-sized dogs with deep chests, slender legs, and well-developed muscles.
Coat and Coloring
The Qingchuan's short- or medium-length coat can adapt to various climates. It typically consists of a thick, short, light-colored undercoat and longer, dark-bristled outer coat. All coat colors are possible, but blue, white, brown, and black are the most common.
Distinctive Physical Traits
Qingchuan Hounds' heads are shaped like inverted triangles, and their large ears droop forward to the cheek. Their eyes are small, almond-shaped, and usually a brownish-red color.
Qingchuan Hound Temperament
These cooperative, flexible hunting dogs work well both in groups and independently. They possess the speed and endurance to hunt for hours or even days on end. In addition to their keen hunting skills, Qingchuan are devoted to their people and make excellent guard dogs.
Qingchuan Hound Care
Qingchuan Hounds thrive on a high-quality diet formulated for their life stage (e.g., puppy, adult, senior). To help your pup maintain a healthy weight, keep an eye on their food intake and measure their portions to avoid overfeeding. And don't forget to account for treats. As a guideline, they should make up no more than 10% of a dog's daily calories.
The Qingchuan's thick double coat requires brushing a couple of times a week to remove loose fur. During periods of seasonal shedding, your dog may need more frequent brushing. Regular nail trims and ear cleanings should also be part of their grooming routine.
Good dental hygiene is essential to the health of any dog. Dental disease is among the most common health conditions in adult dogs. Left untreated, it can contribute to other serious issues. So, in addition to professional cleanings, establish an at-home dental care program that includes regular teeth brushing and veterinarian-recommended dental chews.
Qingchuan are energetic dogs that need plenty of daily exercise. Long walks, hikes, and play sessions in a fenced backyard are all wonderful ways to keep your dog active. Because of their strong hunting instincts, Qingchuan should remain in a secured area or on a leash when outside.
This breed responds well to firm and consistent training using positive reinforcement and rewards. And socializing your pup when they're young will help them develop into a well-mannered adult dog.
Reviewed June 16, 2021 by Laura Inman, DVM