There are so many misconceptions about Chows , we have found them to be wonderful pets. I cannot imagine life without a Chow Chow.!
Some general information is below. For more information, a link is provided at the bottom of the page.
•Definitely one of the most impressive of all breeds, the Chow Chow is an awesome creature with his lion-like appearance and regal manner. Looking a little like a cross between a lion and a bear, the true origin of the Chow is unknown and lost deep within Chinese antiquity. The Chow as it is known today is easily recognizable in pottery and sculptures of the Chinese Han Dynasty (206 BC to 22 AD); other artifacts indicate that he was even a much older breed and may have come originally from the Arctic Circle, migrating to Mongolia, Siberia and China.
•How the Chow got his blue/black
tongue is a mystery. An old fable offers a theory: When God was painting
the sky blue, He spilled a few drops of paint as he worked. The Chow followed
after, licking up the paint and from that day on, the Chow
•Chows first appeared at AKC
dog shows in the late 1800's. The Chow Chow Club, Inc. (CCCI) was formed
in 1906. The
The Chow Chow's disposition
is quite different from other breeds. They are catlike in their attitudes:
aloof, reserved with
The Chow Chow's temperament is often misunderstood by people who do not understand the breed's unique nature. Naturally suspicious of strangers and territorial, they take their homes and families very seriously as well their responsibility to protect what they love. On his own property and without his owner present, the Chow may appear to be quite fierce. He will seldom let a stranger pass unchallenged. People used to the warm welcomes of other breeds may be startled by the seriousness of the Chow. Once greeted by the owner and accepted into the home, the Chow should accept the stranger but may be reserved in his desire to make friends.
The Chow Chow's appearance also contributes to myths about his temperament. The scowling face, small deep-set eyes and lion-like ruff are intimidating. The Chow's natural aloofness, dignity and indifference to people outside his family is often misinterpreted by people who expect all dogs to be outwardly friendly and affectionate. The Chow saves his affections for those he loves most dearly and finds little reason to seek attention from anyone else. He minds his own business and simply does not care what strangers think of him.
Training and Socialization
The strong willed, stubborn Chow needs an equally strong willed, stubborn owner! This breed has a mind of its own and may easily become your master if you let it. Chow puppies are naturally well-behaved, seldom destructive or disobedient. Because of their good behavior, some owners feel that training is not necessary. When an untrained Chow reaches adolescence, though, he may refuse to accept authority. We have found that most people who experience behavior problems with their Chows failed to train and socialize them properly.
Socialization is the ongoing process in which the Chow puppy is taught to accept new people, other dogs and environments outside his home with politeness and calm. Socialization should begin at birth with regular handling by the Chow's breeder. A responsible breeder introduces the puppy to as many new experiences as possible before the puppy is placed into its permanent home.
It is critical that you continue the socialization process by regularly introducing him to strangers, children, animals and places outside of your home. Socialization with children is especially important if the dog is to be good with them as an adult. Teach children how to hold and pet the puppy properly so that all his experiences with them are pleasant. Puppy kindergarten classes hosted by your local kennel club are excellent opportunities for socialization.
As soon as your puppy is old enough, you and he should attend obedience classes with a qualified instructor. The AKC or your veterinarian can refer you to local kennel clubs that host these classes. Training should continue at home and obedience commands should be incorporated into your Chow's daily life. A well-trained Chow is a joy to live with! He is a happier dog because he knows what is expected of him and how to please you. He can go more places and do more things with you because he knows how to behave properly.
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