Are you a Chow Chow person?

Find out if this loyal dog breed is for you.

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5. Do you have the time and interest to groom a Chow? The Chow comes in two coats, the rough coat, which is the Chow that you usually see, and the smooth coat. The rough coat, with its big neck ruff and heavy, dense undercoat, will require grooming twice a week, possibly more when the dog sheds his coat. The smooth-coated Chow will also require grooming, but there will be much less coat to groom. You will not have a happy pet, or be a happy Chow owner, if you do not keep the coat brushed, mat-free and clean.

6. The Chow thrives best as an only child. Chows often do not get along well with other pets, and you may have a stressful situation if you bring a Chow into a family that already has one or two, or more, pets. You do not want any difficult situations to arise that you cannot control, so it is best to talk this over with the breeder of your Chow puppy before you bring him home. Don't worrythe Chow is more than enough dog for anyone.

For more information on the Chow Chow, you can find an excellent source on the Internet with the Chow Chow Club Inc.s website. This website is a trusted source of information from experienced breed people in addition to giving you listings of local Chow Chow clubs and breeders.

Next step: Chow Chow Overview

Reprinted from Breeders Best: Chow Chow © 2004. Permission granted by Kennel Club Books, an imprint of BowTie Press.

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Debbie   Eugene, OR

3/26/2012 10:42:25 PM

This is very helpful information about the breed. However, unbeknownst to me a dog owner (w/ 2 miniature dachshunds & 1 Persian cat)...I introduced a smooth-haired Chow (3-4 mos. old) into our family. I had two teen-aged children at that time; and she fit right in w/our busy household. She was house-trained within a day. She was: aloof, intelligent, devoted, loyal, smelled nice, and safe-guarded our home for 8 1/2 years. I miss her dearly. She was diagnosed with gum cancer on December 16, 2011 and the angels took her to heaven: January 31,2012.

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Cynthia Becker DDS   Fishers, IN, IN

3/25/2011 8:35:38 AM

My 5 yr old cream chow is my 6th chow. I have had as many as 5 chows in the household at one time with few problems. My current chow Kobi lure courses, competes in agility (as did 3 of my other chows), and like 4 of my previous chows, is a certified therapy dog with TDI. Unlike the breed standard, he loves all people and especially men! Chows are very individual. Each has talents of their own, but mostly wants to do things with their person. If they are with you, they are happy. I will always have a chow in my home!

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Margaret   Twisp, WA

8/7/2010 8:15:13 PM

This article describes my 13 years together with my own Chow Teddie Bear perfectly. In the beginning it hurt my feelings that she didn't show me "affection" in the way my other dogs had, but as I grew to know her and understand her I discovered what your article says is true. They don't fawn all over you. Instead, she'll leave her bed, and lie close to my feet, and those are the times she is expressing her affection to me in her special Chow kind of way. I have had a long and wonderful journey with her, and she remains still at 13 years old, stubborn beyond words and so I have learned to be a very patient friend.

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Janet   Bethlehem, PA

7/3/2010 12:25:18 PM

great information. thank you very much.

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