Information on care and feeding for your new puppy
The Chow Chow is a sturdily built dog, square in profile, with a broad skull and small, triangular, erect ears, which are rounded at the tips. The breed has a very dense double coat that can be either smooth or rough. The fur is particularly thick around the neck, giving the distinctive ruff or mane appearance. The coat may be one of five colors including red, black, blue, cinnamon/fawn, and cream.
The eyes should be deep set and almond in shape. Chows are distinguished by their unusual blue-black/purple tongue and very straight hind legs, resulting in a rather stilted gait. The bluish color extends to the chow's lips; the Chow is the only dog breed with this distinctive bluish color in its lips and oral cavity (other dogs have black or a piebald pattern skin in their mouths). One other distinctive feature is the curly tail. It has thick hair and lies curled on its back. The nose should be black (except the blue which can have a solid blue or slate colored nose). Any other tone is disqualification for showing in the United States under AKC breed standard. However, FCI countries do allow for a self-colored nose in the cream.
The blue-black/purple tongue gene appears to be dominant, as almost all mixed breed dogs that 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 is descended from Chows, as purple spots on the tongue can be found on a multitude of pure breed dogs
The Chow Chow is most commonly kept as a pet. Chows can be fiercely protective of their people and property and may not be an appropriate dog for a first-time dog owner. However American Kennel Club standards consider aggressive or timid Chows to be unacceptable. The Chow Chow is considered to be suspicious of strangers and protective of family. However, others characterize the Chow Chow as having a personality similar to that of a cat.
Chows are not excessively active, meaning they can be kept in an apartment. However if keeping them in an apartment they must be exercised daily to prevent this highly intelligent dog growing restless and bored. They will come to demand their daily walk when they realise it is a daily occurence.
Recent DNA analysis confirms that the Chow Chow is one of the oldest breeds of dog. Research indicates it is one of the first primitive breeds to evolve from the wolf, and is thought by many to have originated in the arid steppes of northern China/Mongolia, although other theorists conjecture that its origin is in Siberian regions of Asia. A Chinese bas-relief from 150 BCE shows a hunting dog and a dog very friendly toward children similar in appearance to the Chow. Later, Chow Chows were bred as general-purpose working dogs for hunting, herding and protection of the home. The black tongued Chow was also bred for human consumption. Some scholars claim the Chow was the original ancestor of the Samoyed, Norwegian Elkhound, Pomeranian and Keeshond.
In the United States, the Chow Chow was a highly popular pet among the rich and famous during the Roaring Twenties. President Calvin Coolidge and his wife owned a black Chow named Timmy. Chow Chows were also popular in the 1930s and 1980s
Famous Chow Chow Owners
Vanna Bonta has a cream Chow named Sky in a line of her breed of choice, a blue Chow she had named Seraph, and a red Chow named Beowulf who was immortalized as a fictional dog in the book Flight. Sigmund Freud had a Chow named Jo-Fi who attended all of his therapy sessions because he felt that dogs had a special sense that allows them to judge a person's character accurately, and admitted he depended on Jo-Fi for an assessment of a patient's mental state. Martha Stewart had a Chow named Genghis Khan that died in a kennel fire. Peri Gilpin had a chow chow named Charlie. Janet Jackson had a Chow named Buckwheat. Drew Barrymore, Selena Gomez and Matthew McConaughey had chow-lab mixes. Manchester United winger Nani is also an owner of a Chow Chow named Panda. Actor Madhavan owns a chow chow named "Simba".
West Highland Dog & Cat Hospital
1795 W Highland Ave
San Bernardino , CA 92411
Phone (909) 887-5021
This is the vet we go to, if your looking for a vet that cares for your babby this is the one, great price friendly. Taking care of our babbies for 20+ years
Kendall Drive Feed Store
2340 Kendall Dr
San Bernardino, CA92407
This is were we get our food, great personal owner great pricing very informative. We've been going here for 20+ years
Kendall Drive Feed Store
This is the food we feed our dogs also good for the puppy,
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RRiver Run® Hi-Pro No-Soy Dog Food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile for all life stages (i.e., gestation, lactation and normal growth, from weaning to maturity, and maintenance of adult dogs at work or rest). The tasty, bite-size chunks are nutritionally balanced with all the vitamins and minerals necessary to keep pets healthy and handsome and to keep hunting dogs in peak working conditioniver Run® Hi-Pro No-Soy Dog Food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile for all life stages (i.e., gestation, lactation and normal growth, from weaning to maturity, and maintenance of adult dogs at work or rest). The tasty, bite-size chunks are nutritionally balanced with all the vitamins and minerals necessary to keep pets healthy and handsome and to keep hunting dogs in peak working condition