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The Chow Chow - a dog with teddy bear appeal

A Chow Chow can hardly be confused with other dog breeds. The appearance of this dog, which has similarities with a teddy bear and a lion, is too striking. In fact, his name stands for "puffed up lion dog" in his Chinese homeland. Just as striking as his teddy-like face are the blue tongue and the fluffy tail, which makes him recognizable as a representative of the spitz-like dogs. The peculiar, original Chow-Chow is unfortunately a bit out of fashion with us, but there are still lovers of the breed here too.

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The Chow Chow in brief

Life expectancy:9-15 years
Names:Chow-Chow, Wonk, Lang Kau
Family:Spitz as well as primitive dogs
Country of origin:China
Temperament:calm, vigilant, headstrong, loyal, reserved
Colours:black, blue, fawn, cream, red
Weight:Females: 20-27 kg, males: 25-32 kg
Size:Females: 46-51 cm, males: 48-56 cm
Maintenance effort:medium, grooming quite intensive
Education:easy to train when dealing with the dog and consistency, tendency to be self-willed
Requires a very large outlet:conditional, garden is preferred
Child friendly:child-friendly with good embossing
City apartment suitable:with sufficient activity and exercise
Use:Guard and companion dog, originally a working dog

Race, history and evolution

The Chow Chow belongs to a very old, primitive breed of dog. Above all, scientists consider the blue tongue to be a characteristic that only so-called primordial races have. In his native China, the Chow Chow was considered the emperor's dog, while the empresses preferred the Pekingese. Sculptures from the reign of the Han dynasty between 206 and 220 BC already give evidence of the presence of the Chow Chows at the imperial hif.Historians also trace the breed back to the so-called Tatar dogs, which came to the Chinese Empire via Siberia and Mongolia arrived. The Chow Chow is likely to be related to the Eurasier, the Samoyed and various wolf tips. Purely wolfish blood is also said to have flowed into the dog breed, in this this dog resembles the dingo, the Akita Inu and the Shar Pei. Genetically speaking, a Chow-Chow is massively different from other dog breeds. One speaks here of the so-called Asian group within the known dog breeds. The Chow-Chow was not only kept as a decorative animal at the imperial court, but also used by simpler ethnic groups as a sled dog or herding dog. At the end of the 19th century the breed came to Europe, where they started their own breeding in England. The name Chow-Chow can be traced back to two different possible roots: on the one hand, the Chinese "chew" means dog, on the other hand there is a word chow-chow in Pidgin English, which is borrowed from the Malay language and means delicacy.

Essence, character and care

The teddy bear-like appearance of the Chow Chow should not hide the fact that you are dealing with a typically self-confident Asian dog. Similar to the Japanese Akito Inu, it is a calm but extremely watchful and reserved dog.

The Chow-Chow tends to be idiosyncratic and can challenge its owners accordingly.
Here the loving and consistent handling of dog-experienced people is required. The Chow-Chow, who is at a distance from strangers, is loyal to his people and makes an inconspicuous, pleasant dog-like companion with appropriate education.

His hunting instinct is not exaggerated, but is nonetheless there. After all, he was not only used as a sled dog, but also in hunting. Some individuals in this breed of dog even show a very pronounced hunting instinct, which has to be taken into account in areas rich in game. Here it can be advisable to keep the Chow-Chow on a leash as a precaution.

The self-confident dog proves to be fond of children with appropriate socialization at an early puppy age. He gets along very well with children precisely because he is so calm and serious at home. Chow chows are less enthusiastic about classic dog sports. Long, long walks in the great outdoors are ideal for the calm, somewhat distant dog. He takes watchdog tasks very seriously, without being overly aggressive or loud.

The Chow Chow has a gorgeous coat that is very dense and has an undercoat. Extensive brushing is not only required here during the change of coat in spring and autumn. The thick fur also ensures that the Chow Chow can be sensitive to heat. It's a dog who really appreciates a cool shower, cooling blankets and similar accessories.

Typical diseases and breed-related problems in the Chow Chow

As a more primitive dog breed, the Chow Chow has been spared from overbreeding tendencies. However, hereditary diseases also occur in him.

The inherently robust and long-lived dog has a tendency, like many breeds, to dysplasias of the elbows and hips. Due to joint misalignments, signs of wear and tear and painful conditions occur prematurely, which can result in corresponding movement restrictions. Dysplasias can be partially treated conservatively and surgically, but their cause can only be dealt with through breeding efforts by breeding HD-free and ED-free parent animals.

In the area of ​​the eyes there are malpositions of the eyelids and glaucoma (glaucoma).

There are also rare predispositions to lymph gland cancer and diabetes.

So-called bladder addiction (this is an autoimmune skin disease in which the skin forms blisters in the lower layers of the epidermis) and various types of tumors, for example in the stomach area, occur.

The diet of the chow chow

A Chow Chow has very high demands on its food. One of the reasons for this is that this breed has skin eczema, which is associated with poor or incorrect feeding. Many breeders and lovers of the breed report very good experiences with barf feeding. Here, mainly raw meat is fed, which is supplemented with valuable vegetable oils, vegetable components and little or no grain. Many dog ​​experts consider raw feeding to be a particularly species-appropriate diet for the dog.

Other dog experts recommend a diet that contains less protein than usual for the chow chow, a maximum of 25 percent. This, too, goes hand in hand with possible sensitivities in his digestive tract. It is therefore not possible to give a general recommendation for feeding, but this should not induce the keeper to resort to 08-15 ready-made feed. Rather, from the start, in consultation with the veterinarian if necessary, the form of feeding that is individually suitable for the individual dog should be found.

Conclusion: stubborn with calm charm

A chow chow is not a dog for everyone. Inexperienced dog owners can easily reach their limits with this dog. However, those who can muster enough enthusiasm, consistency and love for the Chow-Chow will be rewarded with a charming, loyal dog that not everyone has either. The Chow-Chow is a small aristocrat among dogs, dignified and independent in appearance and not affectionate. A dog of character.

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