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The fluffy, adorable 8 week old
Chow Chow puppy becomes a strong and wilfully independent dog in a
few short months. Although the Chow is highly intelligent and
extremely loyal to his owner, his strong will makes him a challenge
ideally suited to an owner prepared to give him both time and
patience. He is serious, dignified, and proud.
Chow VIII (1895)
HISTORY OF THE CHOW CHOW
The Chow is one of the oldest recognisable types of dog (dating back
more than 3000 years). Originally from Mongolia, the Chow was used
for guarding temples in China, hunting and herding.
Today, the Chow is primarily a
Rough : The Chow is a short, compact, squarely-built
dog with an abundant outer coat particularly thick around the neck
giving a lion-like mane and a soft woolly undercoat. It has a
blue/black tongue and as a pup 44 rather than the normal 42 teeth.
The tail is curled over its back and its straight back legs give it
a unique stilted gait.
This is identical to the rough except for the coat which should be
short, abundant, dense, straight, and upstanding (not flat) and
plush-like in texture.
Extremely loyal, dignified, aloof, discerning and proud, the Chow
has an independence more often found in a cat than a dog. They
prefer to be greeted with a hand (to see and smell) just below their
nose and not a pat on the head from above or behind. Their
reputation as a one man dog is misunderstood. Although they take to
one person, they will readily accept other members of the family.
They are initially wary of strangers but if rehomed will, with a bit
of patience, learn to trust their new owner.
Guarding : Possibly because of the role of their early
ancestors most Chows are excellent guard dogs only barking when
there is something to bark at. They are particularly protective of
their owners and 'their' children.
Chasing : Due to their basic hunting instincts they
will chase, and if in a pack (2 or more) will kill sheep, squirrels,
cats or anything else given the opportunity. They do not chase
sticks/balls - 'you threw it, you go and get it!'
BEHAVIOUR WITH :
Other animals : A Chow will rarely start a fight with
other dogs but is more than able to defend itself if attacked and
will always remember what attacked it. Most puppies have a healthy
respect for other dogs and cats if introduced to them when very
Children : Chows are very good with children if
brought up with them and are particularly protective of 'their'
children. However it is essential that young children are always
supervised with any dog and children should never be left alone
until they have been taught to respect animals and not frighten or
The most common colours are red and black. Chows can also be blue
(as in Persian cats), fawn and cream (with or without
DOG OR BITCH AND A SECOND CHOW DOG OR BITCH
This is down to personal preference and whether the dogs can be kept
separately (e.g. during seasons). Both are affectionate but equally
Chows are compact, heavily-built dogs and should not be
encouraged to jump up or race up and down stairs, as this
can lead to injury to their legs. They can run fast over
short distances. They love to play in the snow, enjoy dry
cold weather and will happily lie outside for hours on end
provided they have somewhere to shelter as most Chows
dislike getting their feet wet and are reluctant to go out
in the rain. Chows do not require a lot of exercise but are
always interested in going for walks and enjoying new
smells. Puppies should be able to play in the garden and
have short (10 minute) walks twice a day until they are a
year old when the length of walk can be increased. It is
important not to let Chows get too hot. In summer, walk
early in the morning or in the cool of the evening. Chows have no road sense and will happily walk down a
motorway with traffic dodging either side of them. As
a result it is unwise to let them off the lead, other than
in an enclosed space, until you are confident they
can be recalled and will return on command.