Chow

Country: China Category: Wildlife By: absurdzen
Chow
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. Recent DNA analysis confirms that this is one of the oldest breeds of dog. From what records survive, some historians believe that the Chow was the dog described as accompanying the Mongolian armies as they invaded south into China as well as west into Europe and southwest into the Middle East during 12th Century, although a Chinese bas-relief from 150 BC shows a hunting dog similar in appearance to the Chow. Later Chows were bred as a general-purpose working dog for herding, hunting, pulling and guarding.

In China, some farms still raise a variety of dog breeds, including Chows, for meat and hides. However, the breed is not named Chow because they make good "chow", as is commonly supposed. In fact, when they were first shipped to England in the late 18th century, they arrived in the holds of ships, marked "chow chow", Chinese pidgin English for miscellaneous merchandise. The customs people simply assumed that was what they were called and the name stuck.

In China, the Chow is referred to as Songshi Quan which literally means "puffy-lion dog." It is believed that the Chow is one of the native dogs used as the model for the Fu dog, the traditional stone guardians found in front of Buddhist temples and palaces.

The Chow is a sturdily built dog that is square in profile with a broad skull and small, triangular ears that are rounded at the tip. The breed has a very dense coat that is either smooth or rough. The fur is particularly thick around the neck, giving the distinctive ruff or mane. The coat may be one of five colors including red, black, blue, cinnamon, and cream. Individuals with patchy or multicolored coats are considered to be outside the breed standard. Chows are distinguished by their unusual blue-black/purple tongue and very straight hind legs, resulting in a rather stilted gait. The blue-black/purple tongue gene appears to be dominant, as almost all mixed breed dogs who come from a Chow retain the tongue color. This is not to say, however, that every mixed breed dog with spots of purple on the tongue are descended from chows as purple spots on the tongue can be found on a multitude of pure breed dogs.

Today the Chow Chow is most commonly kept as a companion dog. Their keen sense of proprietorship over their homes paired with a sometimes disconcertingly serious approach to strangers can be off putting to those unfamiliar with the breed. However, displays of timidity and aggression are uncharacteristic of well-bred and well socialized specimens. The proper Chow owner will be just as willful and stubborn as the Chow they keep, thus weaker-willed individuals would be best served to evaluate their commitment in controlling an animal who is happy to take over any household. Specimens of opposite sex typically co-habitate with less tension than those of the same sex, but it is not unheard of for multiple chows of both sexes to live together peacefully in a home setting. Chows are extremely loyal to their own family and will bond tightly to their masters. 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". The typical Chow's behavior is thought to be more similar to a domestic cat rather than a domestic dog.

Chows are not a particularly active breed. Apartment life can suit this breed, if given enough opportunity for regularly scheduled physical activity each day. The Chow may appear to be independent and aloof for much of the day, keeping a comfortable distance from others while staying within earshot, or preferring to watch for strangers alone by the entrance. Owners still need to be prepared to take a Chow for a brisk daily walk, even if they have a fenced yard, in order to meet their needs for mental and physical stimulation. While the Chow exhibits low energy for most of the day, it will crave routine time to explore and play to maintain a happy and content disposition.

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December 05, 2016
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December 05, 2016
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mirela, ноемвÑи 20, 2012 в 2:08 pm i na men mi se hodi v parka s moeto kue ni6to 4e to ne obi4a ku4eta i predpo4ita 4ove6ka kopnmaia-mn e visokmerno hah no ne mi se riskuva za6toto tam hodat sqkvi tapaci i si puskat ku4etata bez namordnici a daje 1 golqmo ku4e da ne e agreivno ti ne moje6 da go znae6 i trqbva da si na6trek koeto e ebati razhodkata a i mn ku4eta naistina sa agresivni i sobstvenicite pak gi puskat da si ti4at taka 4e dano dojiveq 4ovek s malko ku4e da moje da otide v koito i da e park vednaj se razhojdahme s maika mi i nqkvi sigorno na po 17 18 godini grupi4ka razhojdaha neapolitanski mastif ne napalno porastnal no dosta golqm i to bez nagradnik a samo na kai6ka nepoznavam ku4eto no si e bezotgovorno bez nagradnik-tvarde e golqmo a i po natam 100 procenta 6tqha da go pusnat da ti4a i ako mine nqkoi ne se znae to e dostata4no da ti sko4i i da te sabori
November 05, 2014
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mirela, ноемвÑи 20, 2012 в 2:08 pm i na men mi se hodi v parka s moeto kue ni6to 4e to ne obi4a ku4eta i predpo4ita 4ove6ka knaimopa-mn e visokmerno hah no ne mi se riskuva za6toto tam hodat sqkvi tapaci i si puskat ku4etata bez namordnici a daje 1 golqmo ku4e da ne e agreivno ti ne moje6 da go znae6 i trqbva da si na6trek koeto e ebati razhodkata a i mn ku4eta naistina sa agresivni i sobstvenicite pak gi puskat da si ti4at taka 4e dano dojiveq 4ovek s malko ku4e da moje da otide v koito i da e park vednaj se razhojdahme s maika mi i nqkvi sigorno na po 17 18 godini grupi4ka razhojdaha neapolitanski mastif ne napalno porastnal no dosta golqm i to bez nagradnik a samo na kai6ka nepoznavam ku4eto no si e bezotgovorno bez nagradnik-tvarde e golqmo a i po natam 100 procenta 6tqha da go pusnat da ti4a i ako mine nqkoi ne se znae to e dostata4no da ti sko4i i da te sabori
November 05, 2014
12:10:51
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