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Preserve This Living Fossil

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  "It is believed by eminent scientists that the Chow Chow is an offshoot of primitive species, a kind of living fossil confined to a limited area of the earth and preserving important characteristics." CE Collett, Chowist, c1952
  The Chow Chow developed over several thousand years to work and survive in a harsh and unforgiving environment. Within just 100 years in the West, it has risked extinction through exaggeration into a series of caricatures. There is a line between "improving" this most ancient breed and hybridizing it altogether. Participate in this incomparable creation responsibly.
       
 

Honour This Primordial Truth

  The original type Chow Chow was bred to be an all-round lone worker, one of the original mountain dog breeds used as hunter and livestock guardian. He has little need for external approval and less interest in the opinions or agendas of others. He is not naturally a pampered lap-dog or fluffy teddy bear. Part of him will always remain intractable, un-tameable and independent. He holds his dignity stubbornly sacrosanct and demands to be handled with respect. Don't baby or bully or embarrass him.
       
 

Respect This Unique Privilege

   
  "Their fidelity is of a very different kind from that of our European breeds … a proud 'man to man' loyalty which includes little submission and less obedience. He treats [his master] much more as a colleague, although his bond with him is very much stronger and far less transferable to another person." Konrad Lorenz, Ethologist, c1949  
  The traditional Chow Chow is a one-man dog, his bond is fierce and eternal. This is a breed particularly sensitive to abuse or abandonment. Anyone taking on a Chow Chow must commit to a life-time of striving to be worthy of such devotion. He cannot lightly be re-homed as an adult without impact to his temperament. You break his trust at your own risk.  
         
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