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Type: Pure Breed
Height: 18 to 22 inches
Weight: 45 to 70 pounds
Life Expectancy: 13 to 15 years
CHOW CHOW TEMPERAMENT
Known for their willfulness and independent nature, they are often known to be apprehensive of strangers and other dogs. But in all, they make very good dog companions and can be loyal to a fault.
CHOW CHOW PHYSICAL APPEARANCE
The Chow Chow is a medium to large-sized dog having a very dense coat. This coat may be rough or smooth depending on the dog. They look stout and bulky, with a broad skull and ears that are small and rounded. Their coat can come in different colors from red, black, blue to white cream and cinnamon.
Another feature of the Chow Chow that makes them distinct is their straight legs and their blue-black tongue. Their straight legs make their movement look stiff when they are walking and the blue-black tongue is just unique.
CHOW CHOW CHARACTERISTICS
CHOW CHOW CARE
CHOW CHOW HISTORY
A very distinctive dog breed, the chow chow is regarded as one of the oldest dog breeds to still be in existence. Evidence of their existence can be traced back to China’s Han Dynasty where you will find these dogs depicted in various artifacts. In fact, evidence of their existence even goes further back than this as the probable origin of the burly Norwegian Elkhound.
These dogs were known to be revered companions to Chinese nobles. A Chinese emperor in the Tang Dynasty was known to have a kennel with up to five thousand Chow chows and ten thousand plus staff to manage the same kennel. This was as far back as the eighth century.
As time went on, the roles of these dogs changed from hunters to haulers and then guards. There are even mentions of some areas in the Cantonese region during starvation times depending on this dog as a source of food. The name Edible dog was used to identify them in these places.
The name chow chow came to be widely used from the seventeenth century from British Empire trading ships doing business around the Asian region. Chow chow was a concocted name, a pidgin-English expression used to describe small, miscellaneous items that were not properly documented. It was just another way of identifying items that could not be tagged properly. The British traders put these dogs in this category hence the name chow chow stuck.
Queen Victoria took interest in this breed which led to it becoming popular in Britain, by 1895 a club was formed for these breeds in England.
The eighteenth century saw an influx of the chow chow into America, they saw their first exhibition in 1890 and by 1903 they were fully registered in the American Kennel Club.
Martha Stewart a home guru expert and White house Resident Calvin Coolidge all helped to popularize the Chow Chow by making public appearances with this breed.
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