Chinese Village Dog

Chinese Village Dog

Chinese Village Dogs are very special dogs. Originating in China, these dogs have some of the most ancient domestic dog ancestry around, going back over 15,000 years. Now, that’s quite the family tree.

Illustration courtesy of the American Kennel Club

Quick Facts


Height

Male: 14-19in

Female: 13-18in

Weight

Male: 25-45lb

Female: 19-39lb

Fun Fact

Village dog populations from East Asian carry more mitochondrial haplotypes than any other village dog populations!

About this Breed

Village dogs – medium-sized dogs with pointy snouts that freely breed and live near people around the world – from present-day Nepal and Mongolia are direct descendants of the first domesticated dogs, which originated at least 15,000 years ago in the same region. Genetic studies observe a clear divergence between village dog populations in East Asia (Vietnam and Island Southeast Asia), Central Asia (Mongolia and Nepal), India, the Middle East (Egypt, Lebanon, Qatar, Turkey, and Afghanistan), and sub-Saharan Africa. Chinese and East Asian village dogs (like yours!) are some of the most genetically diverse dogs on earth, similar to their counterparts in Southeast and Central Asia.

Many years ago, when wolves began scavenging our hunting camps, they became gradually attuned to human life. Genetic changes in those wolves over time led to tameness, small body size and early age of first reproduction that soon after yielded what we see today in the Chinese village dogs.

Most modern breeds are less than 200 years old, and primarily derive from European dogs. As Embark gets more samples of Chinese village dogs like yours, we may be able to learn even more about their role in the history and evolution of the dog – like what were the pressures that led a wild population of dogs to hitch their futures to us – or – why were dogs the first animal to become domesticated by humans? Thanks to you, we’re even closer to advancing science enough to answer those questions.

Chinese Village Dogs on Embark

Explore some Embark dogs that share Chinese Village Dog ancestry.

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    Pipa

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    Lullaby

    Lullaby

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    Shopkeep

    Shopkeep

    Purebred

    Tulip

    Tulip

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  • Zena

    Zena

    Purebred

    Chip

    Chip

    Purebred

    Indy Boo

    Indy Boo

    Purebred

    Leo

    Leo

    Purebred

  • Jasmine

    Jasmine

    Purebred

    Butters

    Butters

    Purebred

    Jellybean

    Jellybean

    Purebred

    Bailey

    Bailey

    Purebred

Favorite Names

For Males

  1. Buddy
  2. Leo
  3. Archie
  4. Bailey
  5. Bean
  6. Benjen
  7. Birdie
  8. Bentley
  9. Bixby
  10. ARCHIE

For Females

  1. Lily
  2. Luna
  3. Arwen
  4. Betty Freckles
  5. Birdie
  6. Butters
  7. Chip
  8. Chewie
  9. Cici
  10. Bailey

Common Locations

  1. California, United States
  2. China
  3. Shanghai, China
  4. Beijing, China
  5. Hong Kong
  6. New York, United States
  7. 香港
  8. Washington, United States
  9. Guangdong, China
  10. Heilongjiang, China

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