Getting to Know Your Chow Chow

This is Chowee, my pet Chow Chow. She was born on May 14, 2007.

Chow-chow dog breed have originated in Mongolia then later introduced in China. The Chows Chinese name is Songshi Quan, which means "puffy lion dog". It is said that a long time ago, Chow chows are used as working dogs. Pulling wagons and helping their masters out in the field. That explains their very strong built.

The Chow has a broad skull, small triangular erect ears, has either smooth or rough coat. They are also well known for having a bluish black tongue. They have thick fur along the neck and very fluffy snouts that gives them the likeness of a lion. The Chow breed have five colors, red, black, blue, cinnamon and cream. The most common color is cinnamon. I rarely see Chows that are black, blue and red. Other feature is its curly tail. No matter how I try to uncurl it, it just curls back...

Today, Chows are no longer working dogs. They are either kept as a house pet or a companion dog. Chows are naturally a very good guard dog. In our case, Chowee, doesn't stop barking if there is someone lurking around our gate. At first, Chows can be quite temperamental. They don't like to be petted and they have the characteristics of a cat. Inexperienced dog owners should beware of how dogs of this breed encounter those it perceives as strangers; their notoriety is so established that many homeowner's insurance companies will not cover dogs from this breed. Our Chow dog has been well trained. The stubbornness faded as she grew older. When she was younger, she used to chew a lot of things and tends to bite people. But as she learned to socialize, she has became a very disciplined dog. She knows whether the strangers coming in our house are our visitors. She would just sniff them, but when you are not yet close, better not stare to her eyes, she doesn't like that.

The Chow is extremely loyal to its own family and will bond tightly to its master. The Chow typically shows affection only with those it has bonds to, so new visitors to the home should not press their physical attention upon the resident Chow as it will not immediately accept strangers in the same manner as it does members of its own pack.

Chows tend to be loners. They want some time alone, which I usually think that shes not feeling better. Chowee, wants to sit by the gate and see people pass by. When I come home she just jumps around like crazy because she's so happy to see me... I highly recommend this breed. They are so loving and very loyal. Great watchdog and the best companion...

Great ChowChow websites...

Chow Chow Club Inc
Quality Dogs Chowchow Information

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