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  Tick bite fever can be controlled naturally ...  
  ... by a plant growing wild throughout the Western Cape and used extensively by local traditional healers. Golda brought it to our attention one weekend at the beach! Read More!  
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  Only buy dry dog food ...  
  ... if you can store it safely! Containers must be absolutely air tight, bug-proof, easy to clean, and large enough for an entire bag of food. Damp, weevils and fungus are just a few of the invisible risks, and they form the basis for most food recalls. And when decanting the bag of food, keep the batch number so you can report problems if they arise!  
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  Do NOT crate train your Chow Chow!  
  The Chow Chow is an ancient and primitive breed, originally prized especially for its ability to work independently. The naturally suspicious instinct, preserved for thousands of years, makes your dog exceptionally resistant to being grabbed, trapped, held or confined, even by people he knows and loves. This instinct is fundamental to the Chow type of intelligence, bonding and working. Although crate training may be a comfort to more dependent breeds, it causes great distress to the Chow Chow – breaking trust, causing behavioural problems and provoking aggression.  
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  The age of attachment ...  
  Konrad Lorenz is the only ethologist to have made a particular study of Chow Chows. Working in Europe during the 1940s & 50s, he identified this primitive breed as a "typical non-infantile, completely independent Lupus dog, subject to nobody". He further stated: "The impressionable period at which a Lupus dog attaches itself for better or worse to one human being is generally relatively early in its life, round about the fifth month."  
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  If your pet is microchipped ...  
  ... you should have him scanned regularly, at least at every annual check-up, to ensure that the microchip still scans. Sometimes microchips migrate or malfunction - and you never want to discover that he can't be identified in a situation when you are most depending upon it!  
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  The best collar for your Chow Chow ...  
  ... is a half-check web choke collar.
Harnesses can encourage pulling behaviour and may exacerbate elbow dysplasia, especially in young large breeds. Dogs bred to pull are much stronger in a body harness than a neck collar and, in a harness, the habit of pulling is much harder to break.
Heavily coated breeds are not suited to the traditional fixed or buckle neck collar. Seasonal coat changes mean it is either too tight, or too easy to slip out of in an emergency, when you most need to rely on it.
Traditional choke chains can snag on fur and other passing obstructions and become stuck in dangerously tight positions.
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  Did You Know thumbnail - photograph of Cape Clivia Your garden may be the cause of ...  
  ... persistent allergies and unresolved skin problems. Bulb plants - lillies, daffodils, tulips, agapanthus, and our own Cape Clivia - while unlikely to be fatal, are toxic to dogs and cats. Allergic reactions most commonly start with skin irritations, rashes, scratching, biting and hair loss, and may include all the symptoms of poisoning: vomiting, diarrhoea, irregular heartbeat and muscle weakness.  
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  Did You Know thumbnail - photograph of Chinese characters The distinctive Chow Chow scowl ...  
  ... carried deep philosophical significance. Each of the Chinese breeds was "designed" to give expression to a particular virtue, and uniquely "branded" with the corresponding symbol.  
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  Was the Chow Chow really bred just to be eaten - photograph of Chinese Puzzle The Chow Chow as Food  
  The Oriental cultures pioneered selective breeding many thousands of years ago, creating dogs for beauty, charm, wealth and companionship as well as their working capabilities. Contrary to populist belief, the Chow Chow was not originally bred to be eaten, but eaten - along with the "rejects" of every other selected breed and species - to preserve the integrity of the breeding pool.  
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  Did You Know thumbnail - photograph of chow chow teeth Cleaning dog's teeth ...  
  ... is a human's cultural hang-up, and one that can cause dietary distress in canines by removing a very essential nutritional part from a dog's digestive process. Bacteria in the mouth are essential for the dog's digestion and should not be removed by chemicals just so that the dog will have sweet smelling breath.  
      William D Cusick  
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  Did You Know thumbnail - photograph of ancient Chinese sculpture        
  The name of the breed ...  
  ... is commonly supposed to have come from the pidgin English 'Chow Chow' which meant 'miscellaneous cargo' but it is more likely that the word 'Chaou' which means 'dog of great strength' is the true derivation.  
      David Cavill  
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  Did You Know thumbnail - photograph of Chow puppies in different colours illustrating the varying shades of cream that occur in the Chow Chow The cream Chow Chow ...  
  ... occurs in shades of gold, from palest almost-white to warm golden, clearly distinguishable from red. Darker shades of cream do not guarantee darker pigment of eyes, nose and mouth.  
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