All About the Chow Chow

The 1930 Dog World editors tell us all about the distinctive and beautiful Chow Chow.

By Dog World Eds | Posted: Dec 20, 2012, 8 a.m. EST

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From the Archives of Dog World: Enjoy this all-access pass to dog history from the pages of the longest published dog magazine. This content remains in its original form and reflects the language and views of its time. Health and behavior information evolves and only the most current advice should be followed.

The Chow Chow is an Oriental dog, coming to us first about the year 1900, thru England, along with other Oriental dog breeds — the Pug, the Pekingese and the Japanese spaniel.

His native land is northern China and the Arctic regions and like all dogs of the north, the Eskimo, the Husky, the Spitz and the like, the Chow Chow's tail is curled over his back, his coat is long and thick, his expression sharp, his disposition reserved.

Few dog breeds are as beautiful, distinctive and different as is the Chow Chow. This dog breed comes in red, blue, black and cream shades, but the royally appearing red is most popular. Chow Chow breeders say that the head is half the chow and this is almost true. His lion-like head, the mane around the neck, the scowl over his forehead, his wise, dignified expression, make him an imposing picture of canine beauty.

The Chow Chow is the snubber of the dog social circle; he holds himself aloof from all except his own owner, even from other members of the family. He would not think of associating with other dogs, even other Chow Chows.

He has been termed the cat of the dogs. His feet are catlike, small and round; he treads lightly; he can not be lost, even in the busiest streets. The Chow Chow hears every sound, often detecting an intruder afar off. He seldom barks; a grunt is his usual voice.

The Chow Chow is forever eating blueberry pie for he is the one dog breed that has a blue-black tongue. Fleas don’t like this dog breed; they hate the oil in his coat. And there is almost no odor about the Chow Chow.

This dog breed continues its popularity among the dog stars. Few things adorn as well the fine automobile or milady promenading on the boulevard as a snubbing, aristocratic Chow Chow.

Excerpted from Dog World magazine, January 1930, Vol. 14. For back issues of Dog World, click here.
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