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Dou Shou Qi: The Battle of Animals - The Jungle Game. Simulated conflict between animal kingdoms. (7x9, Cells: 63) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Jean-Louis Cazaux wrote on 2022-03-23 UTC

This game is played with many variants, and even the Chinese Wikipedia page indicates a variant where Dog > Wolf. And also with Tiger > Lion. I prefer too playing with Wolf > Dog, but we should agree that it does not matter so much, the situations where Wolf encounters Dog are very rare.

Anon wrote on 2022-03-23 UTCGood ★★★★

The Wolf is ranked higher (stronger) than the Dog.鬥獸棋


Elephant > Lion > Tiger > Leopard (Panther) > Wolf > Dog > Cat > Rat

I played this since childhood. This is the proper ranking of the animals.

The confusion about Dog > Wolf happened because on some of the cheap chess pieces, the wood carving of the Dog and the Wolf are almost identical.

Sn0wball wrote on 2021-08-29 UTC

Hello, this game has a subReddit (since june) : and a chatroom :

accessible with opensource (web-based-)client We play at and welcome new players and interested persons.

Jean-Louis Cazaux wrote on 2021-08-26 UTC

Nice page. Thank you.

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-08-25 UTC

I have removed the See Also section, because the links are in the Related menu.

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-08-25 UTC

Since what you sent me was not an HTML page with images embedded into it, I mixed what you had written in with what Hans had written, and I included selected photographs. I broke up the image of pieces into individual pieces so that it would flow better. I commented out most of what Hans wrote but left it on the page so that I can later check whether any of it should be included.

Jean-Louis Cazaux wrote on 2021-08-25 UTC

Ok. Re-done as you indicated.

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-08-24 UTC

I don't see it, and I may not have that address anymore. Please go to my profile and use the address provided there.

Jean-Louis Cazaux wrote on 2021-08-24 UTC

@Fergus: I've just sent you a zip with a new text and several illustrations to refresh this page. I sent it on your e-mail address at box. Feel free to ask any question

Jean-Louis Cazaux wrote on 2021-08-21 UTC

OK, i will look what I can do. I shall have better graphics indeed. Till soon.

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-08-20 UTC

I corrected the name and removed some dead links. This page would benefit from an update. If you're interested in providing a better page with better and more detailed graphics, you're welcome to.

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2021-08-20 UTC

It appears this game is not on Richard's PBM server by any name provided. So, I removed that link.

Jean-Louis Cazaux wrote on 2021-08-20 UTCPoor ★

I came on this page by accident. After so many years, the name of this game is still wrong. It is Doushouqi, not Shou Dou Qi at all. And the comment about jaguar for leopard is absolutely right. The solution to avoid a L is to call this piece a Panther, panther or leopard is the same animal.

João wrote on 2013-11-13 UTCBelowAverage ★★
Dog higher than wolf???
BTW, a jaguar is totally different from a leopard. It is as close to it as
it is to a tiger or a lion.

Nicholas Wolff wrote on 2009-11-15 UTC
I concur with the below statements on the incorrect naming of the game.  

Also, I am quite fond of the first two pictures of the home made boards in the pictures.  Does anyone know how they were made?  I have a nice board for this game, as well, with some nice pieces.  

One of my favorite games, hands down.

Jean-Louis Cazaux wrote on 2009-03-12 UTCPoor ★
I wonder why the name of the game in this page is not corrected as stated by many comments. It can be verified. Correct name is Doushouqi.
Shou dou qi is incorrect!

George Duke wrote on 2008-05-09 UTCGood ★★★★
63 squares has been done on 7x9.

Nathan Zhang wrote on 2006-07-25 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I am currently in the process of creating a widget engine for cross-platform gaming known as the Five Animals Gamerwidget Engine (Five Animals Kung fu, not Five Animals Qi Gong). One of the games I am going to create is based on C S Lewis' Narnia books and a game I saw on this site, known as 'Nemeroth'.

Basically, the game I am going to create will be called 'The War of the Animals: The Thousand Battles' and will star (unremarkably) Humans as commanders for Aslan and Sorcerers as commanders for Nemeroth. The game will involve the same physics as Dou Shou Qi and the same graphics (though not the same graphic nature) of Battlefield 2: Special Forces. I am hoping this game will at least garner as much attention as somehting like Rome: Total War or World of Warcraft.

Wish me luck!

Pwee Keng Ho wrote on 2006-06-11 UTC

The name of the game is Dou Shou Qi and not Shou Dou Qi.

Please get any Chinese-speaking person to look at a box with the title on it to verify this for you.

Many pictures of many different sets are available at the Board Game Geek entry for this game:


I hope the error can be corrected. The error here may have contributed to causing the error to be repeated at BGG (and possibily elsewhere), but fortunately that has been rectified. It would be nice if this page also showed the correct name of this game.


Keng Ho

person wrote on 2006-06-06 UTCExcellent ★★★★★

Adam Green wrote on 2005-12-01 UTC
'A piece of a player in one of his own trap squares cannot be taken by the opponent.'

There is no such rule, many believed in such a rule, but in the newest version of the rules, this does not exist. However, some earlier versions of the game might have printed with this rule. Dog is ranked higher than wolf, whether that was a mistake, we'll have to stick with it.

Rolf Schindler wrote on 2004-12-23 UTC
There is a very nice freeware-version of the Jungle Game by Peter Donnelly
at called Animal Game.
It has very nice graphics and you can play against a computer opponent
which has different skill levels. For Windows.

Jean-Louis Cazaux wrote on 2004-08-30 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Viktor is right, twice. The Chinese name of the game is Dou Shou Qi meaning
'Game of fighting animals'.
And, true, there is a mistake in the given rules : a trap does not affect
at all a friendly piece. It only affects enemy pieces.

Biafra wrote on 2004-04-19 UTC
Is there a rule for repetitive forward and back play ?

What to do if you have a tiger jumping over and back a lake and a lion
doing the same thing nearby (going after it) :)

'Go' has a rule against this.

Víktor Bautista i R wrote on 2004-01-12 UTCPoor ★
I think your rules are wrong. You say: 'A piece of a player in one of his own trap squares cannot be taken by the opponent.'. It's not true. Nothing changes when you are on your own traps. So, the comment be Ralf `Panther` Gering, What is wrong with Shou Dou Qi?, makes no sense. <P> Btw, the original name is Dou Shou Qi, not Shou Dou Qi. <P>

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