About the Chow Chow Dog Breed

About the Chow Chow Dog Breed

Genetic testing has shown the Chow Chow dog breed to be 2 to 3 thousand years old.The origins of the breed are uncertain. Many believe the dog is a mix of Tibetan Mastiff and Samoyed. The breed was originally used as working dog by the Chinese for hunting and protection but their meat was considered a delicacy and they were often consumed for food.

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Chow Chow Dog Breed Unique Facts

  • The Chow are one of two dog breeds (the other being the Chinese Shar-Pei) that has a blue-black tongue. The tongue is pink when the dogs are young but turns a blue-black color as they age.It is unclear why this happens. Ancient lore says that when God was painting the sky, he dripped some blue paint and the Chow Chow followed along and licked up the drops!
  • Chows also possess 44 teeth while most dogs only have 42.
  • Their double coats are rough or smooth and come in several breed-standard colors: black, blue, cinnamon, cream, and red.
  • When you watch a Chow walk you may notice a different stride than most dogs because their back legs are straight and can give the appearance of a “wooden” gait.
  • Their eyes are sunk back in their heads and they may not have the best peripheral vision. It’s best to approach this breed from the front and not the rear or side.
  • Chow Chows may not make the best swimmers. Their thick, double coat can weigh the dog down when wet.

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Famous Chow Chow Dog Breed Owners

Sigmund Freud was a dog person. He owned a Chow named Jofi who would often sit in sessions with his patients. Jofi would help Freud analyze his patients. As Freud said himself, “Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love and always have to mix love and hate in their object-relations.”

Freud and Jofi

Read more about the Chow Chow Breed at AKC.org.


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