Chow Chows are a well-known, easily recognized and popular
bred of dog, with a long, thick coat, a broad muzzle, and a
tail that curls up tightly over the dog's back.
Ordinarily the Chow Chow is a well-mannered dog. They are
normally good with children and other household animals when
they are raised with them. The Chow Chow does need to be
well socialized from a very early age as well as obedience
training and firm authority. This dog really needs an owner
that can be the leader of the household.
The Chow Chow is a dog breed that has been known in China
for thousands of years. The Chow Chow's body structure is
akin to that of fossilized dog remains that date back
several million years. These are the oldest remains of a dog
One Chinese Emperor was said to have had two thousand five
hundred pairs of Chow Chows. One was given as a gift to
Edward Val, the Prince of Wales at that time. The breed was
used as boat guards, cart pullers and hunters. The Chow Chow
has also been used to hunt pheasant, sable and wolves, and
to pull sleds.
The most distinctive features of the Chow Chow are its
tongue which is blue-black rather than the normal pink of
other breeds, and the almost straight hind legs. The
straight hind legs make the dog walk somewhat stiffly, with
an air of authority. The chest is deep and broad and the
kidney area is strong and short. The tail is carried over
the dog's back and is thickly covered with hair.
The skull of the Chow Chow is flat and the head is broad.
The muzzle tapers to the black nose without being pointy.
The ears are round and small and there is a huge mane around
the neck and behind the head, giving the dog a lion-like
The Chow Chow has a dense, furry coat that is abundant and
comes in two different varieties: rough coat and smooth
coat. The most common coat colors are solid black, blue,
cinnamon and cream, gray, red, tan and very rarely, white.
The coat can sometimes have darker and lighter shades to it
but parti-color is not acceptable.
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