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History: With a distinctive blue-black tounge and an unusual stilted gait,
this quite aloof, beautiful dog was once a sporting favorite of Chinese
emperors. Its history goes back over 2000 year, although its origins are
clouded in mystery. Among the oldest of domesticated dog breeds,
the chow chow is said to date back to 150 B.C.
Some say it is related to the Akita and Samoyed, and
with its heavy coat, it is most likely of quite northern, possibly Arctic,
origin, and was taken to Mongolia, Siberia. and China, where it was used
as a sleigh dog. For centuries the chow chow was used in China as a sporting
and guard dog, as well as a source for hides and as a delicacy for the
table. The seventh century Tang emperor is said to have had a kennel of
more than 25 hundred pairs of chow chows. In early 1880s, the first chow
chows were exported to England. It made its first appearence in an American
dog show in 1890, and is now a very popular breed in the United States.
The breed's name is actually English, coming from the term used by the
British sailors for their cargo of Chinese bric-a-brac.
Body: Compact, powerful, and squarely built, the chow chow has heavily
muscled shoulders; a deep, broad chest; a full, powerful neck; a big broad
head that is flat on top; ashort, wide muzzle; a large black nose; egg-shaped
dark eyes; and small round-tipped erect ears. It is double-coated, and
almost any solid color is acceptable for the brushlike coat.
Character: A guard dog by nature, the chow chow is intelligent and
loving around its family, but it can also be arrogant and stubborn, as
well as being unpredictable toward other animals.
Care: Grooming twice a week, using a brush for the outercoat and a rake
comb for the undercoat, should keep the dog from matting.
Exercise: When kept indoors, this dog tends to become lazy, so to help
maintain its active nature, it should be given a fair amount of oudoor
Training: Toilet training should begin around
the 8th week, and obedience training should begin as early as possible
to get the puppies used to people and to help curb their independent nature.
Puppies: There are usually 3-6 puppies per litter.
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