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Chow Chow

ORIGIN

The Chow Chow or Chow is a dog breed originally from northern China, where it is now known as the “Fluffy Lion-dog. The breed has also been called the Tang Quan , “Dog of the Tang Empire”. The Chow is a unique breed of dog thought to be one of the oldest recognizable breeds. Research indicates it is one of the first primitive breeds to evolve from the wolf. Historians believe that the Chow was the dog described as accompanying the Mongolian armies as they invaded southward into China as well as west into Europe and southwest into the Middle East in the 13th century AD.

TEMPERAMENT

Independent and loyal. This breed of dog has many strong loyal bonds with friends and family, but not infrequently becomes overly protective of one or two main family member(s). Owning a Chow Chow can raise the cost of homeowners insurance because some companies consider them high-risk dogs.

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Considerable. Chow Chows are not excessively active, meaning that they can be housed in an apartment. However, a Chow Chow living in an apartment will need daily exercise to prevent restlessness and boredom. Upon realizing that exercise is a daily occurrence, Chow Chow will tend to be more assertive with owners in anticipation of such activities.

HEIGHT/WEIGHT

Between 43 and 51 cm / Between 20 and 32 kg.

COAT

Either short and smooth coat or a rougher and longer coat.

COLOR

Red (light gold to deep red-brown), Cinnamon (light tan to brown), Black, Cream or Blue

GROOMING

Chow breed will heavily shed their fur in the seasons of spring and fall, which requires more grooming attention . A monthly bath is required to avoid fleas and keep a clean coat of fur.

(Source: Wikipédia & The Ultimate Dogs, Dog Breeds & Dog Care by Dr Peter Larkin & Mike Stockman, August 2015)

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