Chow Chow
Chow Chow

The Chow Chow’s true origins are unknown but his image appears in sculptures and pottery belonging to the Chinese Han Dynasty (206 BC to 22 AD.) He’s a multi-purpose dog that can hunt, herd, pull and guard the home. Some think he was the ancestor of the Pomeranian, Norwegian Elkhound, Samoyed and Keeshond.

This is an Arctic type of dog, with a sturdy, powerful body and heavy bones. Today his main role is as a companion and he’s loyal to his family. He needs to be around friendly people early in his life but is wary of strangers. He also performs in various shows. His colours can be cream, cinnamon, black, blue and red. The Chow Chow is independent and can be stubborn. He needs regular bathing and grooming to care for his double coat. His height is 17 – 20 inches.

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