There’s no mistaking a Chow Chow when you meet one. However, what makes this breed such a standout?
- Unusual among warm blooded creatures, the Chow’s tongue and mouth tissue are a dark blue-black. This is so signature to the breed that it’s recorded under the breed standard.
- They have a thick ruff around their shoulders, also called as lion’s-mane ruff.
- In contrast to other breeds, the Chow has a trademark scowling expression.
- Another typical trait of the Chow Chow is their stiffed-leg, or stilted, way of walking.
- This is one of the world’s oldest breeds, although it’s not clear where they originate. He may have been brought toward the West when the Tartars attacked China. Or on the other hand he may have originated in the Arctic, migrating through Siberia, Mongolia, and China.
- In any case, it is confirmed that they was used as hunting dog in China since the Han Dynasty (202 B.C. － 220 A.D.).
- “Dignity and refinement above all” is a Chow’s motto. They are catlike in their aloofness and independence. The Chow is less eager to please than other breeds and nobody would consider them silly or goofy.
- The Chow is affectionate and devoted to his family but reserved with strangers. Owners would need to introduce them properly for the Chow to accept them.
- Chow are fussy and very clean. They are easily house-trained and have minimal doggy scent if brushed frequently.
- Strong-willed and stubborn, the Chow may become the boss of you if you allow him to. This breed requires early and continual socialization, and an owner who could match their strong will.
- Chow are versatile, serene and don’t require a lot of activity, so they can happily live in an apartment.