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The Chow Chow

 
Over the years we have brought out over 20 Chow Chow imports from the United Kingdom

Chow Chow, or Chow, is a breed of dog originating from China, where it is referred to as Songshi Quan  which literally means "puffy-lion dog." The breed has also been called the Tang Quan, "Dog of the Tang Empire."

Appearance

The Chow is a stocky dog with broad skull and small, rounded ears. 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 several colors including reddish-brown (described as "red"), black, blue, cinnamon, and cream. Not all these color varieties are recognized as valid in all countries. 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.

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CH: Canute Conquistador (Imp UK)

Temperament

While commonly kept as a companion dog, the Chow has a reputation for being a willful and independent breed that is sometimes difficult to train. They can be very aloof and wary of strangers. They often do not get along well with other dogs unless properly socialized. Chows are extremely loyal to their own family, though they may be less friendly to strangers.

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CH: Blue Levi of Evsars

Health

Like many heavy-set dogs, the Chow may be prone to hip dysplasia. They may also be susceptible to entropion, an eye irritation caused by an eyelid abnormality. Their average lifespan is about 15 years.