Chow Chow Dog Breed
The Chow Chow, also known as the Black-Tongue, the Black-Mouthed dog, Lang Kou (wolf dog), Hsiung Kou (bear dog), Hei She-t’ou (black-tongued) or Kwantung Kou (dog of Canton), or simply the Chow, is believed to be one of the oldest recognizable canine breeds. A lordly and aloof dog, it has become fashionable as both a guard dog and as a companion. The Chow was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1903. The Chow Chow Club of America was admitted as an AKC member club in 1906.
The average Chow Chow stands from 17 to 20 inches at the withers and weighs between 45 and 70 pounds. Their coat can be either rough or smooth, both being double-coated and judged by the same standard without preference. Chows requires regular grooming to keep their exceptionally thick coat clean and healthy. The breed standard states that “essential to true Chow type are his unique blue-black tongue, scowling expression and stilted gait.” The breed has been described as having the mane of a lion, the tongue of a bear, the fur coat of a dowager and the stiff gait of a ceremonial guardsman.
The Chow Chow is thought to be well over 2000 years old. The breed theoretically originated from a cross of the old Tibetan Mastiff and the Samoyed in the northern parts of Siberia, and it resembles both of those breeds. However, others note the unique blue-black tongue and speculate that this is one of the “basic” canine breeds, ancestors of the Samoyed, Norwegian Elkhound, Keeshond and Pomeranian, which are of similar type. Regardless of ancestry,
The Chow Chow is an imposing character thanks to his bellowing bark and scowling expression. They originated in China and were used to hunt everything from pheasant to wolves, were commissioned to guard boats and pull carts of cargo. Today the Chow still makes an excellent guard dog, and when treated with love and respect, is himself a loving and respectful companion who tends to attach deeply to one or two members of his family.
The Chow Chow is a muscular, powerful breed with a stocky appearance. Their coats come in both rough and smooth varieties. The smooth coated Chow Chow looks like a small Akita whereas the rough coated Chow is the most popular and is known by his thick mane of fur that gives him a lion-like appearance. They have broad heads with wide muzzles and their ears are triangular in shape. They have bushy tails that curl
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