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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. In the past, the Chow Chow performed all kinds of functions,  from herding, hunting, cart pulling and boat guarding and was probably also used as a source of food for humans. Its fur was used for clothing. Nowadays, this beautiful animal dispalys its talents as watchdogging, guarding and companionship. The Chow Chow is aloof and standoffish in general, but it is extremely protective and loyal with the human members of his family, despite its tendency to be a one-man dog.

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General Appearance [ edit ]

The Chow Chow is a medium-sized, squarely built, powerful, sturdy, spitz-kind dog breed, with strong muscular development and heavy bone, having as most distinctive features a blue-black tongue, unique in the canine world, and almost straight hind legs, which makes the dog to walk rather stilted and stiff-legged. The impression is that of a perfectly balanced, elegant whole, massive but agile. The body is compact, short, close coupled. The chest is deep, broad, and muscular, and the ribs are well sprung and close together. The topline is strong and straight, levelling from the withers to the root of the tail.The proudly carried head, with a dignified expression, is broad but in proportion to the size of the dog, with a flat skull and a muzzle that is broader near the eyes, narrowing towards the large, broad black nose which has well opened nostrils. A huge ruff behind the head gives the Chow Chow a lion-like appearance. The triangular -shaped ears are small, moderately thick, well set apart and carried stiffly erect but with a slight forward tilt. Small, deep-set, almond-shaped, dark-brown eyes, that are placed obliquely and wide apart. The thickly feathered tail is set high and is carried over its back. The dense coat, particularly thick around the neck, comes in two varieties, smooth and rough. It ranges in color from black, cream, red (light golden to deep mahogany), blue and cinnamon (light fawn to deep cinnamon).
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Temperament [ edit ]

The Chow Chow is intelligent, keen and generally well-mannered but can also be bossy, stubborn and very independent. Calm and with a very laid-back temperament, it moves slowly, with an appearance of being dettached and indifferent. Nothing more far from the truth: the Chow Chow is very loyal to its owners but because it is a very dominant breed it requires an experienced and firm handler and persistent training. Quite frequently it is a one-person dog and does not respond well to strangers because of its protective instinct. However, when properly and extensively socialized, from an early age, Chow Chow´s may get along quite well with children and other household pets, although they generally like to dominate other dogs. Providing adequated and consistent train is given to restrain its over-protective instinct the Chow-Chow can make an excelent guard and a superb family companion.
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Health [ edit ]

The Chow Chow is generally healthy may be prone to hip dysplasia and eye irritation caused by their tight eyelids.
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Dog trivia [ edit ]

The recent discovery of a bas-relief, dating back to the Han Dynasty (150-200 BC), definitely places the Chow Chow as a hunting dog in that period in China.
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18.08
Dogfan22 said:
fun fact martha stewart has a chow chow
14.03
katyperry said:
chow chow rocks
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