Breed Introduction: Chow Chow

Ruff like a lion, Chow Chow is a magnificent dog breed!

Dog Breed Introduction: Chow Chow

The Chow Chow is an ancient breed dog, originated from northern China. It is one of the oldest among the pure breeds, and they are more than 2000 years old! They are commonly referred to as “The Chow”, and recently, they are mainly used as a companion dog. The dog was used in China as a hunting and guarding dog and held in much favor in the Imperial courts.

Chow Chow Origin

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Researchers have been speculated that the Chow Chow is one of the oldest dog breeds, and genetic testing has confirmed that to be true. The oldest breed is believed to have originated in Northern China and Mongolia, and gradually moving south with the nomadic tribes of Mongolia.

Chow Chows was imported to Britain by British merchants in the late 18th century. Queen Victoria, who loved dogs, took an interest in the breed, which made it popular. Chow Chow dog club was formed in England around 1895. Chow chow were first registered by the American Kennel Association in 1903.

The first Chow Chow to appear at the American dog show was called Takya, who took the third position in the Miscellaneous Class at the Westminster Kennel Club show in 1890. The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognized the breed in 1903, and the first Chow registered with the AKC was named Yen How.

Chow Chow Characteristics

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The Chows are very enduring and courteous, and they are also very loyal toward their families. They can, however, be cautious of strangers, and they usually become very attached to a certain person in the family. They are known to be domineering and stubborn in nature. Chows have a mind of their own. They are very difficult to get along with other pets unless raised since young. They like to be treated with respect and will also get along well with older considerate kids.

They are sometimes very difficult to train. If you are a first-time dog owner or you are not in a position to house train and show your dog who is the boss, chow is not a good dog for you. Chow Chows are also known to be obstinate, hard-headed, and serious and introverted as well as loving, good-natured and loyal. They also require moderate exercise but must be groomed regularly; the regular grooming includes combing and brushing especially if he is the rough coat variety. They are always very clean and easily housebroken, quiet and well mannered. They could as well be very jealous of your new baby, new spouse or other pets, whether older or younger. Chows are a reliable and fearsome watchdog, standing proudly with a confident stature.

Updated: September 21, 2017.

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