There are often some truths to stereotypes, and over the years, there has been some truth to the notion that Chinese people eat dog. But the history is a lot more complicated than people know.
Starting in about 1700 BC, Chinese people did eat dog. But by the 10th century, as Buddhism became more popular in the country, it was mostly considered bad karma to kill dogs.
Dog-eating became common again when the Great Famine took hold of China between 1958 and 1961, and any meat that could be found was eaten, including dog.
Starting in 1976, following a ban, Chinese people were allowed to keep dogs as pets – which again made dog-eating pretty rare.
Today, the practice of eating dog is mostly found only in the south of China, in Guangdong and Guangxi. A study of the Chinese population found that 70 percent of people in China have never eaten dog, and more than half of the population believe dog meat should be banned.
If you are still concerned, just be sure to order chicken or fish instead of meat.