Chow Chow is a guard dog, companion, one of the oldest dog breeds.
By their origin, they belong to the Spitz group, but there is an assumption that they contain an admixture of the blood of the Tibetan Great Dane (Mastiff).
The breed in different periods of its existence was called differently: Tibetan Mastiff, Tatar dog, barbarian dog, but for almost a century it has been called like this. There are many different versions of the origin of this name : from the name of the place on the ship for transportation of goods – to the slang form “edible”. But only two of them seem real. According to one, the chow-chow got its name from the ancient dog “chu”, according to the other – this name was given to the breed by the English merchants who traded in oriental spices and called all the Chinese living in England chow and chink.
Chow chow character
His keen sense of home ownership, combined with his sometimes overly serious approach to strangers, can be an unpleasant surprise for those unfamiliar with the breed. However, the manifestation of shyness and aggression is not characteristic for this dogs. He is very loyal to his family and is closely related to his master. This dogs tend to show their love only to those with whom they have a close bond, so new visitors to the home should not physically insist on the dogs attention, as he will be immediately mistaken for a stranger in the same manner as members of his own pack.
It is not a very active breed. Living in apartments, if they get enough opportunities for daily physical activity, suits them. They may appear independent and aloof all day, maintaining a comfortable distance from others but staying within earshot, or prefer to watch new guests at the entrance. Owners need to be prepared for brisk daily chow walks, even if they have a fenced yard, to meet the mental and physical development needs of the dog.
Taking care for a chow chow
This breed has a long, thick coat that needs to be brushed at least twice a week. In some cases, a haircut is also required. The animal is bathed about once or twice a week, claws are trimmed three times a month.
Always pay attention to the cleanliness of the ears and eyes – the eyes are cleared of mucus after sleep every day, if necessary, and the ears are usually cleaned two to three times a week. Also, follow the pet’s diet, controlling the excess weight gain.
This dogs are in good health, but like almost any other dog, they are prone to certain diseases, including:
- dysplasia of the hip joint;