I had never really been interested in Chow Chows until my beautiful Aiki came along. He was so sweet and gentle, which I have always been told are not Chow qualities. I miss him so much!!!!
Chow Chow, or Chow, is a breed of dog originating from China where it is referred to as Songshi Quan , which literally means "puffy-lion dog."
The Chow is thought to be one of the oldest recognizable breeds. Research indicates it is one of the first primitive breeds to evolve from the wolf. Recent DNA analysis confirms that this is one of the oldest breeds of dog.
It is believed that the Chow Chow is one of the native dogs used as the model for the Foo dog, the traditional stone guardians found in front of Buddhist temples and palaces.
Chows are distinguished by their unusual blue-black/purple tongue. The blue-black/purple tongue gene appears to be dominant, as almost all mixed breed dogs who come from a Chow retain the tongue color.
Explore # 492 Feb 18, 2008