Chow Chow

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    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

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    1. melissa_thia ages ago | reply

      Chow Chows are beautiful. They kinda look like a lion to me. I love them cause they are extremely cute.

    2. Marcelo Kuczura - [deleted] ages ago | reply

      How beautiful chow!
      I have a chow chow too. Her name is Lucy-Lee Tan Tao Fan and she is the best. She is the happiness in my home.

    3. thickprincezz816 120 months ago | reply

      awwww this dog is adorable

    4. SimoJosé 118 months ago | reply


    5. marinegirl2007 117 months ago | reply

      MrMG wants one of these, when we have the baby and I'm home to walk/train/cuddle it!

      [discovered in the HPAD Chat photophlow room] (?)

    6. khan2005 [deleted] 116 months ago | reply

      Once a chow lover always a chow lover.

    7. ridiculous 110 months ago | reply

      awww... cute chow :)

    8. pls delete :) 109 months ago | reply

      I hope my chow chow puppy grows up to be as beautiful as yours :)

    9. les vents du changement 109 months ago | reply

      I had a dog growing up that was part collie, part chow. Sweetest thing ever!

    10. PuppiesAreProzac 107 months ago | reply

      Adorable! Your photo has been featured at Puppies Are Prozac with attribution. Thanks for offering the CC license!

    11. CrosbysEye 101 months ago | reply

      Adorable picture. My chows are also calm and affectionate. Unfortunately, negative stereotypes of the breeds as overly agressive and aloof persist. Thank you for the brief history of the breed. I was not aware of the Foo Dog sculptures.

    12. Tamás Klausz 92 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm a moderator for a group called
      and we'd love to have this added to the group!
      POST 1 AWARD 1,POST 2 AWARD 2, ETC...

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