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Breeds 101

Chow Chow

Chow ChowChow Chow origins remain a mystery although without doubt it is a spitz descent. The descent of the Chow Chow can be traced back to ancient China. Throughout Mongolia and Manchuria it`s meat was once a delicacy, and its skin a popular fur for clothing.

Historians in the early 1700s describe a black-tongued dog being used as a food in the Orient. The Chow Chow first arrived in Great Britain in 1780.
Its name, however, does not refer to the American cowboy`s term for food. In 1800s, English sailors named it after the term they used to describe miscellaneous ship cargo.

The Chow Chow is probably entitled to be naturally aloof and stubborn. Although it looks like an overstuffed teddy bear, the Chow Chow is not cuddly. It is a one-person dog, with a terrier-like tendency to snap or bite.
An all-purpose working dog, the powerful and lion like dog was used for guarding, hunting, and herding.

Its popularity rose after Queen Victoria took an interest. Like the Shar-Pei, the Chow Chow is known for its blue/black tongue and makes an extremely protective and loyal companion.

They are medium size dogs 17 to 20 inches; females 50 to 65 pounds; males 60 to 75 pounds.

Various colors: red, black, blue, cinnamon, and cream.

Chow Chow has serious, independent and dignified temperament. His devoted to family who owns him, but he is mostly one man dog. He is suspicious of strangers and aggressive with other dogs.

Best owner are confident people who doesn’t need a cuddly canine.

His energy level is low, but he needs daily exercise (casual walks), low heat and humidity, socialization, firm training, daily brushing for rough coats and weekly for smooth coats (more when shedding).
The coat needs intense grooming to remove both undercoat and guard hair (topcoat).

Life expectancy: 8 to 12 years.