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All about Chow Chow!

The Cutest and Most Unique

You know what I mean if you have ever seen a Chow Chow puppy. The little bundle of fluff and fun is like a walking teddy bear, although you could not help admiring the exceptional beauty of adult Chow Chow either.  A Chow Chow's coat is one of his most attractive features besides the blue tongue, which make Chow Chow so unique and fascinating. In the full glory of his coat he is beautiful in coloring and handsome in form.

Chow Chow (Pinyin: sōngshī; 松狮) originated from China. On the one hand, his chinese name means 'puffy-lion', which describes his cuddly yet lion-like serious look, which reminds you of an imposing, majestic aristocrat. On the other hand, Chow Chow's other obvious bear-like features show the connections with bears. Indeed, Chow Chow shares with small bears of Tibet and Manchuria the characteristic blue-black tongue, the broad skull, short muzzle and square body. Chow Chow also has 44 teeth although the extra two are lost in their adult dentition, whereas a normal dog has 42 teeth.

The Emperor Ling Ti bred Chow Chow as members of the Imperial Household; they had a military escort, slept on rich carpets and were awarded high courtly titles. These Chow Chow had the double purpose of guarding the Palace and looking handsome and dignified.

Queen Victoria had a Chow Chow and she was so attached to her Chow Chow puppy that several ladies-in-waiting hired a dressmaker to make her puppy-like stuffed toy to please her. A Chow Chow was also once on Pennsylvania Avenue; President and Mrs. Calvin Coolidge were very attached to their black chow, Timmy.

The official AKC standard describes Chow Chow as being essentially dignified, lordly, scowling, discerning and sober -- one of a kind and independence.


The Most Loyal

Chow Chow is considered prompt, docile and obedient. His loyalty is unswerving and their commitment to safeguarding their owners and families is unstinting. Alert intelligence.

Chow Chow is a most rewarding and wonderful companion. A grown Chow Chow is medium-sized, dignified, intelligent and has squarely balanced body that has a power which can be likened to being in 'four-wheel drive'. He is often referred to as a 'one-man dog' because he is so utterly loyal and devoted to his family and chosen friends. He will quietly guard your house and garden, only barking when necessary; the famous scowling expression giving a forbidding appearance to unwelcome callers. Intelligently he quickly learns who is friend and who is suspected foe, but he hates to be chained.


How to Train a Chow Chow

Chow Chow has the ability to learn quickly and effectively although AKC (American Kennel Club) assigns it to the non-sporting group of dogs. Generally, Chow Chow needs a lot of praise during training sessions and you must strive for confident control. His high grade of intelligence and reasoning means building a loving relationship with his owner is necessary for him to respond.

Naturally clean and easy to housebreak, quiet and mannerly in the home, he is an impressive companion if you can establish a relationship of mutual respect -- admiring his strong-willed independent character while consistently enforcing household rules so that he respects you, as well.

Who is the master

Although you should always treat your Chow kindly, especially when he is a puppy, your leadership cannot be absent, because his natural desire to please himself could take over, that results he puts himself ahead of you in the pack. Just like the case with children, you and your dog should not have an equal partnership, especially not with Chow Chow because they are more concerned with dominance than most breeds. If you are too permissive, your Chow Chow may be out to show you who is the boss.

Train yourself first

get familiar with these rules before training your Chow Chow.

  • Find a quite and fairly restricted location to take your dog for each training session to avoid distractions.
  • Work with your dog for 10 to 15 minutes every day.
  • Maintain a uniform attitude during training session.

An authoritative, pleasant, consistent tone of voice will help your Chow Chow learn to associate his actions with what pleases you and with what angers you. Have a firm tone for commands, a sharp one for corrective reprimands, and a cheerful one for praise. It's very important for you to react immediately with both voice and gestures to what your dog has done. Your dog will not make the proper association if you continue to show anger long after he has misbehaved. Never hit or gesture as if you're about to hit it. In order to succeed in training your dog, you must make the dog understand that an action on his part always produces the same reaction in you. Once this is established, mutual trust will develop between you.

Train your Chow Chow

Sit Command: Take a piece of food or a toy and move it from the front of him to above his head and simultaneously say 'sit'. He will raise his head and follow the direction of the food or toy, and lower his rear end to the floor in a sitting position without knowing it. In the meantime, help him into the sit position by tucking his bottom under with your other hand. Then praise him lavishly and give him the toy or treat as a reward.

Down or Lie Down Command: A good time to teach your dog this command is when he is tired. And you should start teaching him from the sitting position. Try to tease him by showing him a piece of food or toy, then say 'down' and lower the toy to the floor. If he needs help, lower his rear body with a slight pressure on his shoulders. When he lies down, give him the toy or treat, reward him profusely even if it only lasts for a second. Increase the time period a bit at a time and repeat if necessary before giving the toy or treat.

Stand Command: While your dog is still in the Down position, say 'stand' and raise a treat or toy high above his head. Help him get into position if necessary. Reward him if he does it and repeat.

Stay or Wait Command: This command can be taught from a lying down or sitting position. It often helps to accompany the command 'stay' with a hand gesture, such as an open palm of your hand. At the same time, gradually move away from the dog. Initially, you stay within the dog's sight and give him praise or a treat if he stays; eventually, you should be out of its sight while still repeating 'stay' and then come back to him. Praise him when he obeys, use a sharp tone when he does not and repeat the training.

Heel Command: Let your dog walk close to your left heel on a leash, with its nose at about the level of your left knee. If your dog strains ahead, sharply jerk him back and turn around walking towards the opposite direction. Gradually he will learn that he has to follow to go to the direction he likes. Reward him if he does it and repeat.

Come Command: Have some treats in your hand to give him one or two, then walk to the other side of room and say 'come'; reward and praise him when he comes to you, otherwise, show it the treat to get it to walk to that location. Reward him if he does it and repeat it for a few times.

Give A Paw Command: When your dog is in sitting or down position, show him the treat or toy then say 'give a paw' while putting his paw on your hand, praise him with a cheerful voice and give him the toy or treat. Repeat it for a few times, then add a bit delay each time just after you say the command but before putting his paw on your hand to see if he is picking it up. Only reward him when his paw is in your hand; eventually he will realize the association and does what you want.

Fetch or Get the Toy Command: Throw a toy or tennis ball toward him, naturally he will try to grab it, when he does that, say 'fetch' then praise him with a treat. Gradually increase the distance between you and your dog, he will try to bring the toy or ball back to you to get the treat.

Roll Over Command: While your dog is lying down, show him the treat and then push him gently so he lies on his side and turn him over slowly while saying 'roll over'. Praise him with a cheerful happy voice and give him the treat. Continue doing so but reduce the effect to help him to turn over.

All the commands above need to be practiced every day for a few times initially until he got it completely and would do so without a treat. Do not give him a treat if he did not achieve the result but talk to him in sharp disappointing tone.

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How to Care for a Chow Chow

A Chow Chow needs to get fresh air and exercise, which fosters his sense of independence. Nevertheless, do not offend a Chow Chow's sense of dignity by keeping him penned up too long. He has a great deal of need to feel he is a valued and treasured part of your household.

Protein is doubtless the most important component of your dog's diet. It forms the basis of all the body's tissues and helps repair them during an illness. At least 20 percent or more of a dog's ration should be protein. Moreover, a fresh supply of water at room temperature in a clean dish should be constantly and readily available to your dog.

Since your chow respects regularity, try to feed him in the same place at the same time every day. If you realize that a permanent change in feeding time will soon be required, try to introduce it gradually.

Regular grooming is recommended, especially around ears. Avoid probing the ear with a cotton swab unless your veterinarian or other expert has shown yo how to do it. Because the ears are so vital to dog, they need careful attention. They are meticulously clean dogs. If you groom your dog carefully and regularly, you will not need to bathe him often, perhaps once or twice a year, but do so when the dog is mature except the dog is really dirty.

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In Sickness and In Health

Adhering to a strict vaccination schedule will help you protect your dog against potentially fatal diseases. The five serious canine diseases are distemper (a systemic disease caused by a virus), parvo virus (an infection of the gastrointestinal tract), hepatitis (a viral disease of the liver), and rabies (a viral disease of the nervous system). The last two diseases are dangerous to humans as well.

It is important that a proper worming schedule is followed to spare your puppy needless suffering. Symptoms of a round-worm problem include weight loss, dull coat, prolonged diarrhea, cough and vomiting. Insects such as fleas, ticks, mites, lices are also needed to be watched as they could cause serious damages.

Some Chow Chow are susceptible to a problem known as an inverted eyelid, which causes the eye lashes to scratch the surface of the eyeball. As this condition can be both painful and harmful, it requires surgery to correct it.

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+1 #1 lala 2011-05-30 15:50
I agree, they are the cutest. I have one too, love it!

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