The Chow has a mysterious and unknown origin but their present day appearance is seen clearly in the sculptures and pottery belonging to the Chinese Han Dynasty that ruled from 206 B.C. until 22 A.D. This is an all-purpose breed that were put to use in herding, hunting, pulling and protecting homes. Many scholars believe that the Chow was the initial ancestor of the Norwegian Elkhound, Keeshond, Samoyed and Pomeranian.
An Artic type of dog, the Chow Chow is medium size, muscular, heavy boned, sturdy and powerful. Even though his primary function was to be a work dog, his purpose today is to be a companion. This breed appears in show rings all over the country. There is a lion-like quality to them that makes them seem regal. They come in colors of black, cream, red, cinnamon and blue. Their most outstanding features are their blue-black tongues and stiff walk. They can have either smooth or rough coats.
Chows are typically shy and reserved around strangers, but they are very devoted and loving to their families. They have rather independent dispositions that make them stubborn and not as happy to please as other breeds. These dogs need to be socialized early in life as well as receive training. They also need to have daily exercise. To maintain their double coats, they need to be bathed and groomed on a regular basis. Choose from the beautiful Chow Chows listed here to find your new canine family member.