Chow Chow Breed Profile


An ancient breed of northern Chinese origin, this all-purpose dog of China was used for hunting, herding, pulling and protection of the home.á While primarily a companion today, his working origin must always be remembered when assessing true Chow type.á A powerful, sturdy, squarely built, upstanding dog of Arctic type, medium in size with strong muscular development and heavy bone.á The body is compact, short coupled, broad and deep, the tail set high and carried closely to the back, the whole supported by four straight, strong, sound legs.


Clear colored, solid or solid with lighter shadings in the ruff, tail and featherings. There are five colors in the Chow: red (light golden to deep mahogany), black, blue, cinnamon (light fawn to deep cinnamon) and cream.


Keen intelligence, an independent spirit.á It is a ChowÆs nature to be reserved and discerning with strangers.


The Chow Chow originated in China almost 2,500 years ago, making them one of the oldest breeds known to man. Their thick coats protected them from the harsh climates they were exposed to. The Chow Chow finally left China in the 1800 for England, as a gift to the Queen. Once in England, selected breeding lead to the dog we see today. The modern Chow is hardly seen in China today.

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