Why do most areas in China ban people from raising Chinese Rural Dogs?

Updated: Jan 3, 2019

Why do most areas in China ban people from raising Chinese Rural Dogs (it is a common dog breed in China or some places in South Asia)?

Dog trainers claim that these type of dogs are genetically unstable.

November 16th, 2018, the Police department of Chengdu made a public statement that they are to officially start a new Canine restriction against banned dogs in Chengdu by sending them to animal shelters or put down. It is worth noting that among the 22 breeds of banned dogs, the Chinese rural dog, and Japanese Akitas are included on the list, which has greatly provoked debate among people in China. Not to mention that in a recent case of authorities refused to help a citizen get his Chinese rural dog licensed. This incident has also helped escalate the situation. “Chinese Rural Dog”, a blanket term for domestically bred, often mixed-breed dogs commonly found around China, and one that is often used interchangeably with “stray dog.” The irony of a Chinese-bred dog being listed among the banned species in China is spurring some of the biggest outcries online. The Chinese Rural Dogs lovers are asking: Why do Chinese Rural Dogs, a breed that is natively bred in Chinese soil get banned?

According to a reliable news source, a citizen of Hangzhou, Mr. Wang, who took his dog to get pet licensed, was told that his dog couldn’t be registered because of the breed of his dog. Mr. Wang was confused and claimed that his Chinese Rural Dog is docile and calm. Why is it banned to own such breed?

In fact, it is not the first time that the Chinese rural dog is included in the “blacklist”. Reporters of Beiqing Newspaper found that back in 2007, there was already a restriction stating that it was forbidden to raise medium-sized dogs such as Labradors, Samoyeds, Chow Chows, Gold Retrievers and Dalmatians, etc in residential areas. Chinese rural dog, Japanese Akitas, and some other big dogs or those with aggressive temperaments were also banned. It was only allowed to raise toy or non-sporting dog.

However, not all cities in China is banning Chinese rural dog. In the “List of Banned Dogs” released by Shanghai Local Authorities, Chinese rural dog wasn’t included in the list. In the “Beijing Canine Restrictions”, it also didn’t specifically ban Chinese rural dogs.

“The reason why Chinese rural dog is so controversial has something to do with the breed’s domesticating history.” a professional dog trainer Mr. Zhou said. “Chinese rural dogs” traditionally known as the Local Chinese Dogs, compared to famous breeds like German Shepherds, Labradors, and Gold Retrievers, don’t usually receive proper and formal training. And yet, they are prone to having tenacious vitality, and they have the ability to survive in different environments. But they also have relatively unstable genes which may lead to very different off springs.

The extent of abuse in Hangzhou, Chengdu and other cities supposedly implementing new regulations on dog ownership remains unclear. But the outrage over such alleged actions on social media is very clear, and widespread.

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