The Chinese Stray is a mixed breed originating in China. It is one of the oldest dogs known for its unique and diverse appearance, and characterized by its adaptability, intelligence and loyalty.
The Chinese Stray is variable in size, with a height at the withers that can vary between 35 and 50 centimeters, and a weight that usually ranges between 9 and 20 kilograms. The life expectancy of the breed is between 12 and 15 years. It is not a breed recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI).
Breed history in brief
The Chinese Stray Dog breed has a rich and ancient history dating back thousands of years in China. These dogs are considered a native breed and are believed to be descended from the first domesticated dogs in Asia. They have been naturally bred and selected to adapt to the needs and challenges of rural communities, where they have played a variety of roles. These dogs have worked as guardians of homes and farms, helpers in field tasks, hunting dogs and loyal companions to families. Due to its mixed nature and its origin in local and working dogs, the breed shows great variability in physical appearance and characteristics. Currently, the Chinese Stray is not a well-known breed outside its country of origin.
The Chinese Stray has a medium-sized head, with a slightly rounded skull and a moderately long muzzle. Its eyes are dark and expressive, and the ears are usually medium-sized and erect. The tail is of medium length and may be slightly curved upwards.
The type and coloration of the coat can vary widely, including short, medium or long, and solid shades, such as black, white, brown or a combination of these colors.
In terms of temperament, the Chinese Stray is usually courageous, loyal and protective. They are intelligent and adaptable dogs, which can be good family companions provided they are given proper socialization and early training. Like any other breed, individual temperament may vary, but in general they are affectionate dogs and devoted to their owners.
Common health problems
As a mixed breed, the Chinese Street Dog tends to have a diverse genetic background, which can contribute to good general health and endurance. However, like any dog, it can be susceptible to common canine diseases such as hip dysplasia, allergies and dental problems.
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