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Chow Chow Puppies
Description: The Chow is a member of the spitz family and has been native to China for more than 2000 years. They are a masterpiece of beauty and dignity, unique in their blue-black tongue, a common trait in Asiatic bears that lived near the development of the Chow. Chows carry a reputation of being aggressive, but this is slightly undeserved, for they are a tenacious fighter only if provoked. To their owners and family they are faithful and friendly, but sometimes reserved. Therefore strangers beware, they remain an excellent guard dog. They are quite aloof to most people, and with good reason. In Mongolia and Manchuria this suspicious canine was a delicacy. They are a sturdy breed, thick in skin and fur, and greatly resembling a bear. Their ears are pricked and short, with almond shaped eyes. Their expression is scowling when mouth is closed, and jolly when the mouth is open. Because of their thick coat they are unsuited for hot climates, and humid climates can be lethal. New owners should be prepared for coat care and socialization of their new Chow puppy. Chow Chows should not be left alone in the backyard.
Other Names: Hei She-t'ou (black tongued), Lang Kou (wolf dog), Hsiung Kou (bear dog), or Kwantung Kou (dog of Canton)
Type: Northern Breed
red, blue, fawn, cream, tan, silver grey or white (rare). Any solid color.
Chows are alert, independent, and strong-willed. They are mostly friendly towards
family, but have been known to be reserved even around loved ones. They are
very reserved and aloof around strangers, and sometimes suspicious. They are
excellent guard and watch dogs, always defending their turf. They are dignified
and intelligent, but can be independent and stubborn. They are serious, protective,
and usually a one-person dog. Like terriers, they have a tendency to snap. An
encyclopedia described them: "It has been said that the Chow will die for his
master but not readily obey him; walk with him but not trot meekly to heel;
honor him, but not fawn on his friends and relations."
Watch-dog: Yes. Chows original
use was for guarding temples; they are very alert.
Care and Training:
Regular grooming of the Chow is necessary because of their dense coat to prevent
matting. Extra care is needed during shedding. Dry shampoo when necessary. Professional
grooming is suggested to give Chows the lion clip look. Chows have a tendency
to be lazy but will be a healthier dog if given regular exercise like a good
daily walk. They can be a challenge to train because of their strong-will. Training
should begin early as a puppy, and is suggested for firm handlers.
Activity: Low to moderate.
Health Issues: Entropion (in turned eyelids), hip and elbow dysplasia, patellar luxation and heat sensitivity. Other health concerns include anesthesia sensitivity, cancer and bloat (gastric torsion). Bloat is a health issue to most dogs, being the second largest killer of dogs other than cancer, but Chow Chows can be particularly susceptible to it because of their deep chests.
Life Span: 8 - 15 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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