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Choosing a Chow Chow

Is this the right breed for you?

       
 

The Chow Chow was originally bred for hunting and guarding. It is probably the oldest and most primitive breed on earth, having been selectively bred in a relatively isolated area for many thousands of years. They retain unique characteristics more like their untamed ancestors than the modern breeds which have been domesticated into perpetual puppyhood.

The breed is known to be aloof and inscrutable. It can be a hard dog to understand if you are accustomed to 'normal' dogs. It is a proud and powerful, sensitive and stubborn dog. Completely devoted as a family dog, but entirely missing the 'normal' canine desire to please.

Despite not needing your approval, he can be desperately mortified by your disapproval if you are the chosen target of his affections. (If you're not, it really doesn't matter what you do!) He is NOT a dominant dog in the way that doggie people typically understand the term. In fact, he doesn't see himself in any 'relative' terms at all – neither greater than nor less than.

In return, his pride makes it very difficult for him to accept domination either. He will make this clear from the beginning by refusing to do what you 'tell' him, but happily obliging if you 'ask nicely'. The first few times anyway!

Many Chows have thoroughly enjoyed working with their owners at obedience, carting, therapy, even herding – but you will never achieve servile obedience. If you have any suppressed macho need to bully another creature into submission, this is most certainly NOT the breed for you!

The Chow Chow is difficult to train – he is wilful, easily bored, and most times thinks he knows better than you do anyway. However, he is so scrupulously clean and exceptionally refined in his habits that it seems quite uncouth to complain. If circumstances have allowed, Mum will have house-trained the puppies herself by the age of 4 weeks, and you may never have the opportunity to do any house-training yourself.

Hunting is a very basic instinct in the Chow Chow. Can you deal with the surprising bursts of speed and agility your usually lazy dog is capable of in pursuit? In guarding, the Chow Chow performed as 'invisible' perimeter patrol and far away sentinel. Can you cope with his vehement resistance to being confined, staying close or returning at your summons?

If you want a dog to slobber over you, stare soulfully up at you, and stick to you like glue, you will be horribly disappointed with a Chow. If your self-esteem hinges on demonstrations of slavish sycophancy, whooops, you're looking in the wrong place. If you want a dog with which you can play fetch, go running, and dress up in dolls clothes, you wont find it here. If you want a fierce guard dog, go somewhere else. If you want a dog which is going to wait patiently in a crate until you are ready for him, forget it!

Yet most people, having once owned a Chow Chow, can never be satisfied with anything else.

 
         
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