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Chow Chow

Though looking dettached and indifferent it is very protective

Chow Chow
origin:China
life expectancy:11-12 years
classification:Non-sporting
height:46 to 56 cm
weight:20 to 32 kg
exercise: Undemandingtraining: Difficultclimate: Coldgrooming: Needs groomingfeeding: Mediumsize: Medium
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History [ edit ]

Chow Chow, or Chow is a breed of dog more than 2,000 years old and originating from China, where it is referred to as Songshi Quan which literally means "puffy-lion dog" and Tang Quan, meaning "Dog of the Tang Empire". Though its origin remains a mystery many authorities believe it may date back much farther for its structure is very similar to that of the oldest known fossilized dog remains, dated to several million years ago. Some say it may be the result of crossing the old Mastiff of Tibet and the Samoyed, a breed originating from the northern parts of Siberia. What we know for sure is that  it is of spitz descent. And recent DNA analysis confirms that this is one of the oldest dog breeds. Also unknown is the origin of its name, perhaps it derived from the pidgin English word "chow-chow," a term used to describe all sorts of stuff brought back from Asia.