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The Chow Chow is an ancient breed of northern Chinese origin with a known history of at least 2,000 years. It is a member of the Spitz family of Arctic Circle dogs that includes Elkhounds, Huskies, Samoyeds, Keeshonds and Pomeranians. Throughout its history the Chow CHow has been used for hunting, pulling sleds, hearding and home protection. Said to be a "one-man dog", the Chow Chow is loyal to those with whom it lives, but does not quickly warm to strangers. An ancient Chinese saying states, "When the world was being created, what dog was allowed to lick up all the little pieces of blue sky which fell on the earth when the stars were being set in their place? "The Chow...that's how he got his blue tongue."
Within its native habitat the Chow Chow is known alternatively by a variety of names. Chinese names for the Chow Chow include Lang Kou (Wolf Dog), Hsiung Kou (Bear Dog), Hei Shet Kou (Black-tongued Dog) and Kwantung Kou (Dog of Canton). The breed is an upstanding dog, squarely built, powerful and sturdy. It is medium sized with strong muscles and heavy bones, adults averaging about 17 to 20 inches tall at the withers. Adults may weight as much as 40 pounds, or more. Chow Chows may have a coat that is smooth or rough, and may be black, blue, red (light golden to deep mahogany), creme or cinnamon in coloration.

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Last updated September 14, 2007