Chow Chow Advantage and Challenges
Chow Chow Physical Characteristics
Chow Chow Personality
Most famous for its highly unusual blue-black tongue, this very furry yet regal dog looks either like a small lion or a great big teddy bear. A dignified yet often misunderstood breed, this beautiful and brave protector is now the 61st most popular dog registered with the AKC in the United States.
Chow Chow History and General Information
History and Origin
First kept more than 2,000 years ago by Mongolian tribes as a hunting dog, sled dog and guard dog, the Chow was also valued for its meat and fur. The Chow made its first appearance outside of Chinain 19th century England, when sailors returning from the Far Eastbrought this exotic dog home aboard ship. The name probably came from the pidgin English word "chow-chow," a term used to describe all sorts of miscellaneous souvenirs brought back from the Orient.
By nature, the Chow is a quiet and well-behaved dog; it’s not interested in digging or barking and is known to be one of the easiest breeds to housebreak. The Chow does, however, have a very different attitude than most dogs - downright cat-like, this breed is aloof, reserved with its affection, independent and strong willed. Although very intelligent, the stubborn and bossy Chow isn’t especially worried about pleasing you, so it often is resistant to training. Your Chow can't be forced into anything it doesn’t want to do; harsh training methods will never bring the desired result. Taking its responsibility to home and family very seriously, the Chow will fiercely protect its turf; suspicious of strangers and territorial by nature, the Chow is often misunderstood and mistakenly thought to be a vicious dog.
Chow Chow Health
Hip dysplasia is common, as is entropion, an eye condition that can be corrected with surgery. Skin and hormone problems are also seen in some Chow Chows.
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