Chow Chow

Overview

The chow is a Arctic-type dog, strong, compact constructed and sturdy with deep bone and powerful muscle growth. It’s a breed appropriate for several jobs, instead of specializing in a single, and its construct reflects its capacity to hunt, herd, pull and shield. It may have either a rough coating, which can be directly and off-standing or a sleek coating, which can be smooth and hard; the two coat types have wooly undercoats, supplying ample insulation in the cold. The feature straight angulation of the hind legs generates a short, stilted gait unique to the breed. The scowling expression and shameful tongue are crucial elements of strain type.

Dignified, even lordly, the chow chow conducts itself with book. It isn’t so demonstrative, despite its loved ones, and is slightly leery of strangers. It’s stubborn and independent. It may be aggressive toward other dogs but is usually good with other household pets. It’s protective and serious, dedicated to its loved ones.

AKC RANKING 60
FAMILY spitz, Northern (companion)
AREA OF ORIGIN China
DATE OF ORIGIN ancient times
ORIGINAL FUNCTION guardian, cart puller, food source
TODAY’S FUNCTION companion
AVERAGE SIZE OF MALE Height: 17-20 Weight: 45-70
AVERAGE SIZE OF FEMALE Height: 17-20 Weight: 45-70
OTHER NAME none
This can be an alert breed which requires routine, but not strenuous, external action. It doesn’t do well in warm humid weather. Its demands are well met with casual evening or morning walks in hot weather or a number of short play sessions through the day. It can live outside in temperate or cool weather, however it’s best allowed to remain indoors during hot weather. The smooth kind requires cleaning once per week; the rough kind needs cleaning every other day, and everyday after shedding.
  • Energy levelLow energy
  • Exercise needsLow
  • PlayfullnessNot very playful
  • Affection levelSomewhat affectionate
  • Friendliness toward other dogsShy
  • Friendliness toward other petsFriendly
  • Friendliness toward strangersShy
  • Ease of trainingEasy to train
  • Watchdog abilityHigh
  • Protection abilityVery protective
  • Grooming needsHigh maintenance
  • Cold toleranceHigh tolerance
  • Heat toleranceLow tolerance
• Major concerns: CHD, entropion
• Minor concerns: elbow dysplasia, cataract, distichiasis, PPM, gastric torsion, stenotic nares, patellar luxation, elongated palate
• Occasionally seen: renal cortical hypoplasia
• Suggested tests: hip, elbow, eye
• Life span: 8 – 12 years
The chow chow has a few spitz attributes. Due to this, it’s been suggested that the chow chow either descends out of spitz forebears or is itself an ancestor of a number of the spitz breeds. Regrettably, the source of this strain was lost in time, however, it’s been known in China for centuries, if not thousands, of years. Its initial purpose might have been as a hunting dog, sniffing outside and even pointing birds to the nobility. The strain dropped in numbers and quality following the royal searches were finished, but some pure descendants were stored in isolated monasteries and wealthy families. Other reports contend that the strain was a supply of fur pelts and meals in Manchuria and Mongolia. Among the most unique features of this breed is its black tongue, which was also the foundation for its more common names in China. Just when dogs were attracted to England in addition to other Chinese importations from the late 1700s was that the title chow chow embraced. The name is likely derived from a word only meaning Oriental knickknack and various curios, and might have begun to be put on the dogs as they were lumped to a boat’s log of freight. These ancient imports were, in actuality, looked upon as curios. Not until the late 1800s was that the strain subscribed to England and then America in earnest. Queen Victoria’s interest in these types of dogs helped draw attention to this strain. AKC recognized the chow chow in 1903. The breed’s distinguishing royal appearance has ever drawn fanciers, but in the 1980s the strain surged in popularity amongst pet owners, also, ultimately peaking since the sixth-most popular breed in the usa.

 

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