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Chow chows are an ancient breed. Some people think they may have originated in the cold Arctic Circle, from whence traders took them to China. Chinese aristocracy kept chow chows for guard dogs, for hunting, and for pulling carts. The poorer folk ate them! Dogs are still eaten in some countries today. The fur was used for clothing.

In the 18th century, when trading ships brought the dogs to the west, chow chow was slang for the assorted cargo in the holds.

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About chowchows.

See origins of dogs.

Before you buy a chow, or any dog, make an appointment to visit the breeder to see the puppies and parents. If you can't visit, do a video call in real time to watch the chow with its family. Some Chow chows can be aggressive, and must be socialised well in puppyhood.  They have been known to bite. Children must be taught to respect the dog's natural aloofness, and not tease the dog. Children tend to run up to chow chows and hug them as they look so cuddly, but this can annoy the dog! A chow chow grows into a strong, stubborn dog, so puppies should be taken to a training school.

The chow chow has a thick coat, with a lion-like mane. Chow chows in South Africa feel the heat, so they need to be given plenty of shade. Do not leave a dog in a hot car. The thick coat needs regular brushing. There is also a smooth-coated chow chow whose coat needs less attention, though all dogs benefit from brushing and enjoy the attention that their owner devotes to them in the grooming sessions. 

The tail curls over the dog's back.

Colour: red, black, cream, cinnamon or blue. They have a blue tongue and mouth.

Height at shoulder: males 48 - 56 cms, females 46 - 51 cms.

Class: Utility

short-haired chow chow

Special Edition, smooth coat


A long haired black chow

Spanky, rough coat


Chow chow with bandana round neck

Pankou. Photo taken at Grahamstown dog show, South Africa.


chow chow in the show ring, cream coloured

Shereae Millys Creamdream of Silverglow (cream)


cream chow

Champion (Imported Australia) Sherae Mozart's Creamfrog of Silverglow.


Is it OK to eat dogs? Some cultures say it's OK, some say it's not OK. I guess it's a matter of taste! The Bible says we mustn't call anything that God has made "dirty" or "repulsive." I figure that goes for people as well as animals! Acts chapter 10. 


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