The Chow Chow, also called a Chow, is a native breed from northern China. Chows are considered one of the first primitive dog breeds after dogs evolved from wolves. RNA test confirm this. Chows probably originated in Siberia and Mongolia and were used as temple guard dogs in Mongolia, Tibet , and China. The Chow was intended as general working dogs. They helped their owners with herding, hunting, and guarding. They also could be hitched to small sleds and made great pullers.
Chows are fiercely protective of their owners and suspicious of strangers. Not excessively active, Chows could live well in an apartment setting. They bond strongly with their family, but usually are overly protective of only one or two people. Chows are very stubborn and not easily trained. Extensive socialization as a puppy is required to have a well behaved adult dog. By the time a Chow gets to adolescence, he will ignore most people who have not already earned his respect. Chows have strong hunting instincts and will chase small animals or children. Chows are known for their thick, dense fur. Many think they look like small bears. Unlike most dog breeds, the Chow has a black tongue. In other breeds, this would be considered a sign of illness, but it’s quite normal in the Chow.
Chows are not ideal for homes that have small children as they can be aggressive to children thinking they are prey. Chows don’t require a large amount of exercise which makes them well suited for a quiet life or an apartment. Chows are easy going, but a lot of socialization is needed when they are puppies to avoid complications as an adult. It’s recommended that Chows stay in a yard, on a leash when in public, and away from small children or animals.