lang gou (wolf dog), xiong gou (bear dog), chow
Country of Origin:
The Chow Chow originated in Asia and it is believed that its
ancestors can be traced to the Han Dynasty. Some believe it is the result of a
cross between the old mastiff of Tibet and the Samoyed. It was first used as a
hunting dog for pheasant and partridge. Its name is derived from the pidgin
English slang used by sailors to describe mixed cargo, chow-chow. Most theorize
that the chow chow was brought to England as part of cargo and so was given that
generic name. The breed became popular during the Victorian era in England and
first appeared in the U.S. in 1890.
The Chow Chow is a medium-size, sturdy dog. It has a square
body and large, broad head with a short muzzle. It has prick ears with rounded
tips and a scowling expression. The eyes are dark brown, almond shaped, and
deeply set, giving the dog limited peripheral vision. Its tongue is bluish black
and its nose is large and black, except in blue chows, when it is slate colored.
The tail is set high and curled over the back. It is double coated and the outer
coat can be smooth or rough. The smooth coat is longer and abundant. There is a
ruff around the head an neck and the tail is plumed. It may be red, black, blue,
cinnamon or cream.
17 to 20 inches
45 to 70 pounds
The Chow Chow is a dignified and aloof dog. It is intelligent
but can be detached and is especially reserved with strangers. It is loyal to
its family. With socialization and training it can be quite good with children
but often does poorly with other animals.
Low to moderate
The Chow chow requires a firm, experienced owner; it can adapt
to a city, suburban or rural home.
Grooming, socialization and training.
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