Chinese Space Dogs
Russia was not the only country to employ dogs in space exploration. (See Russian Space Dogs)
Two dogs were launched on T-7 sounding rockets and safely recovered. The first was a male, Xiao Bao (Little Leopard) on 15 July 1966. The second was a female, Shan Shan (Coral) on 28 July 1966.
Unlike their fellow travelers (rats and mice), they were not dissected upon recovery. Both were puppies at the time of their flight.