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Chow chow

Chow Chow:

The chow chow dog breed also known as the chow dog is a native of China and Mongolia.

It is considered to be one of the “original” dogs being over 4000 years old as a breed that can trace its descent directly after wolves. The dog has been with man for that long working along as a hunter and guardian.

The dog also leaped to prominence in the West with the rich and famous being patrons of this breed but today it is a dog that is owned by many. It is one of the few breeds that are apartment friendly due to its nature and temperament.

The other Chinese dog that also shares the rare distinction of being one of the oldest breeds of dogs is the Chinese shar pei.

The dog is a fuzzy, puffy, and fat variety of dog with pointy ears and a thick coat of fur. The dog’s most interesting visual marker that it shares with the shar pei is the fact that it has a black tongue. The color of the dog can vary in shades of red, cinnamon, blue, black, and cream. Chow chow puppies are usually born at the most as a litter of five and need extensive attention to ensure that they acquaint themselves with members of their family pack – namely humans. As the dog grows up it becomes increasingly attached to the family members and protects all of them fiercely. As mentioned before, this breed of dog is one of the few apartment friendly dogs. This is because, by nature, they tend to simply guard the house to ensure that no intruders get in and require exercise only once with a brisk walk and some levels of intelligent activity. In fact, one of the interesting things about chow chow information is the fact that these dogs get bored with repetitive activities very easily and need continuous mental stimulation to avoid being difficult to deal with. Because of the dog’s quirky temperament towards strangers, strangers should not be allowed to socialize or get too friendly with the dog until the dog is comfortable.

Due to the size of the animal some of the common health problems that it will go through is hip and elbow dysplasia. Thyroid disease also affects this breed along with a rare disease in which the eyelids continuously brush against the eyes resulting in blindness. More aggressive breeding techniques are bringing more disease to new generations.

  Submitted on May 7, 2010  

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