The fuzzy, adorable Chow Chow puppy becomes a powerful and independent dog in a few short months. The Chow is highly intelligent and extremely loyal to his owner, but is for an experienced dog owner. He is serious, dignified, and proud. His history explains why.
The Chow Chow was bred in Northern China, probably at least two thousand years ago, to hunt, herd, and protect the home. His ancestors could be the Tibetan Mastiff and the Siberian Samoyed, though he may be even older than these breeds. His history is one of hard work and little "fun" with humans, so the Chow Chow may seem a little aloof.
Grooming is a major consideration with Chow Chows. There are two coat types for the breed: rough (long) and smooth (shorter). Both require twice-weekly brushing. Colors are reds, black, blue-cinnamon, and cream. The tail is curled. Eyes are almond-shaped and dark brown. The nose is black; the tongue is blue-black.
Excerpts from the Standard
General Appearance: Powerful and sturdy, of Arctic type, elegant, dignified, with a scowling expression and straight-legged walk.
Size, Proportion, and Substance: Height--17 to 20 inches at the withers.
During the 1700s, ships brought goods from China to the West. Captains had to keep lists of everything on board. Sometimes there were boxes filled with many little objects. Captains would list these with a slang word, "chow chows." It meant the same as doodads or this-and-thats. The dogs were shipped from China along with these crates of chow chows, so they became known as chow chow dogs.
Excerpted from The Complete Dog Book For Kids © 1996, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.