The unique and noble Chow, a native of northern China, is thought to be the original ancestor of other Arctic breeds that include the Samoyed, Norwegian Elkhound, Pomeranian, and Keeshond. This ancient breed is not just easy to pick out of a crowd today, images of Chow Chows are easily recognizable in pottery and sculptures from the Chinese Han Dynasty (206 B.C. to 22 A.D.). They are historically an all-purpose breed developed to hunt, herd, pull sleds and carts, and protect home and farm. Today they are primarily companions but retain their sturdy, Arctic-type build and stamina as well as their loyal yet independent, even stubborn natures. They are affectionate with their families but are generally not outgoing with strangers. They need early socialization and positive training to bring out the best in them as well as regular exercise throughout their lives. Their coats come in 5 colors (red, black, blue, cinnamon and cream) and short or long varieties. Frequent brushing is mandatory to keep their profuse, double coats healthy and control shed hair.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.
The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.