Shanxi Xigou

Shanxi Xigou, also known as the Chinese Shepherd Dog of Shanxi Province, is a medium-sized dog breed originating in China and originally used for herding.

General details

Its average weight varies between 20 and 30 kilograms, and its height is around 45 to 55 centimeters at the withers. As for their life expectancy, it is estimated to be approximately 10 to 14 years. They are not recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale.

Breed history in brief

The Shanxi xigou is a breed of dog native to Shanxi province in China. Its history dates back centuries, where they were used as working dogs on farms and as property guardians. Over time, these dogs have adapted to the conditions and needs of their environment, developing herding, hunting and protection skills. Although traditionally bred and used in Shanxi province, their popularity has gradually spread to other areas of China. In addition to being a very useful dog in agricultural work, it has also won the affection of many families as a life companion and pet.

Breed characteristics

The Shanxi Xigou is a medium-sized dog breed, known for its muscular and elegant build. Its head is elongated and narrow in shape, and the ears are long and fall naturally to the sides of the head. The tail hangs with a gentle curl at the end. The coat is dense, harsh and weather resistant. It is composed of a rough outer coat and a soft, dense undercoat, which provides protection against cold and heat. The color of the coat can vary, the most common shades being black, white and black with white markings on the chest and limbs. They are intelligent dogs and have a quick learning ability, which facilitates their training. They are also good working dogs, adapting to different tasks in the field.

Common health problems

Some of the diseases that can affect the Shanxi xigou include hip and elbow dysplasia, cataracts, retinal dysplasia, dilated cardiomyopathy and skin disorders. They may also have susceptibility to diseases such as progressive retinal atrophy and hereditary deafness.

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