Chow Chows

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  1. RD

    RD Are you dead yet?

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    They can be a difficult breed at times, but they're one of my favorites.. So loyal.

    They're another breed that really doesn't deserve the reputation. A lot of them ARE snappy, but it's a result of poor training and no structure in the house.. Speaking of chows...

    Chewy
    My possible new foster baby! I go to meet her tomorrow! :D :D
     
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    Chewy's a lovely girl. I can't help but wonder, though, how did she get that name? (lol) You might want to be sure you've got some good chew toys ready for her!

    A friend of mine used to raise Chows. Her little girl learned to walk hanging on to the mama dog, and it wasn't unusual to find her curled up with the puppies next to mama for a nap. Pam was the only one allowed to touch that child when she was with the dog! Pam's Chows were some of the sweetest, most loving and steadiest dogs I've ever been around.

    I've met a few Chows that fit the other side of the coin, but their dispositions could be laid squarely at the door of their owners. For some reason, these morons got the idea that the Chows were supposed to be big, bad, overly aggresive guard dogs. Anyone who's ever watched Martha Stewart when she's had her dogs on the show can see what a Chow Chow is really all about.
     
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    About Chows...

    I don't know how many people will get upset when I say this (and I'm sorry) but I KNOW THAT CHOWS ARE VERY MEAN DOGS.Maybe the owners are getting a hard time training them and so they give up but do you want to know why I say this?It's because I'm a canin hair stylist and believe me that almost all the chows that I've seen are very mean.And I don't think it's a coincidence.I don't know....Maybe the owners are not envolved enough in their education.But one thing is for sure.That chows have a great personality and they are very stubborn dogs.I think they are a lot like the shar-pey (both of the breeds, I think, have the same origins)...
     
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    That is the owners fault. We can't blame a dog because its been raised wrong. They don't know any better. Even the nicest of dogs can become little devils if raised wrong.
     
  5. RD

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    I second shredhead's post..

    Chows typically have an aversion to strangers... Top that with being very intrusively handled, like in grooming, then yes, they do seem mean.

    Most of the chow's aggression problems lie with both the breeder & the owner. I'm not denying that there are 'bad dogs' out there, but those are poor examples of the breed & shouldn't be what the breed is judged on.

    Renee-- I think Chewy's adoption is pending! :D
     
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    It's necessary to remember, too, that Chows were never originally bred to be particularly friendly dogs. They were, after all, a primary source of food.
     
  7. RD

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    They weren't meant to be indoor dogs, that would sit on their owner's lap and be stroked. I kind of like the cat-like temperament, they're not demanding but they show their affection in different and sometimes odd ways.

    My Shiner used to bring me 'gifts', whether it was dead things that she had caught for me, or her favorite ball. (She was very picky about who she allowed to take her ball) That was how she best showed her affection. She'd sit tolerantly while I would pet her, but she would have rather been playing ball.
     
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    True.. chows were used as a source of food in certain countries..which is just really disgustingly wrong...but anywho..
    They were also used for dog fighting if I can recall reading it.... which would explain the animal (not human) aggression. That's something you can't train your dog to quit... its something owners should be extremely careful and aware about...its like getting a pit bull..if you don't know anything about the breed beforehand, you're gonna be in for a few surprises and you may just be in over your head..

    I can't stress this enough for anyone....research research and research before you get any type of dog
     
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    Hehe, I like you pitbulliest. You're very wise.

    The thing about chows, compared with pit bulls, is that chows are more likely to be human aggressive. Pit bulls generally have a more affectionate temperament. Not to say that there isn't a 'tough one' in there, I'm sure there are plenty, but Chows, with their aloofness, are harder to handle & motivate. Still, all in all, very rewarding dogs.
     
  10. chow chows are stupid and hard tp train they also arent affection they are horrible
     
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    facez of death..I hope you never buy a dog..you honestly don't deserve one... get a goldfish..
     
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    facez of death, I disagree with you more than anyone I've ever seen on a dog site..

    Please stop being such a hypocrite. You have a Rott mix. Rottweilers are made out to be killing machines, but because you own one, you know what they're like.

    How many chows have you met and played with, hm? Very few I'll bet. What you just said was a sterotype, not an accurate description of the breed.

    Try this novel idea: appreciating dogs for what they are, instead of picking holes in breeds just because of what someone tells you.
     
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    Although this is an older post I would like to tell about our 1 yr old Chow. My husband use to raise Chows, this is my first. She was in need of a good home, very shy. We have our business so we started her right off with taking her to work with us everyday. It wasnt long and all her fears had left her. She loved everyone and acted as if people had come just to see and play with her. Our granddaughter who has just turned a year old loves Princess. It is as if Princess knows she has to be extra gentle with her, rushes to her aid if she hears my granddaughter cry, allows her to sit on her and climb on her, even tries to share her doggie toys with her.
    We have recently adopted a cat, Princess loves her. Every chance she gets will give poor Kat a bath. When Kat does not want to be bothered with she hisses, Princess will lay down, cry, then go off to find something else to do.
    Our vet said Princess is indeed the friendliest, sweetest and most social Chow she has ever seen, the dog groomer said the same thing about her. When we first brought Princess home my husband said a Chow must be socialized. It has paid off because we couldnt ask for a better dog. Until recently we didnt know if she would protect us if ever we needed her help but then one night while on vacation we stopped at a rest area, while in our car someone started hanging around the car. Even though she would warn him with her barking and growls he would keep returning. We took Princess serious. If she is reacting this way to someone then we must take her warning to heart. She is a true 100% people lover and animal lover.
     
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    Thanks for that post, Becca. Once again, it's not the breed, it's the owner.
     
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    Rip's...I just read your earlier post..thanks for correcting me..you are right..they do tend to be more human aggressive than dog aggressive...but I swear I read something about them being used as fighting dogs later on...to be honest though, I don't know all that much about chows..they're quite a mysterious breed to me so I don't think its wise that I really say anything about them in the first place lol
     
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    Don't even get me started on that. I've got to learn to controll my temper when it comes to one fo my favorite breeds so I'll start with you.
    Chows are NOT stupid. They are very smart and loyal. They are also very stubborn and independant, so yes, they are hard to train. They act like cats. You don't say cats are stupid just because you can't train one. Cats are very smart IMO. They just don't see the need to please your every whim. Same goes with the Chow.
    Chows aren't reallly affectionate either. They have a loyalty like no other but they don't demand affection from you. NOT a cuddly, fuzzy, teddy bear. And they are NOT horrible. They aren't for every person in the world to have. Only a few have the skills required in raising them and trianing them. It is just the people that aren't one of these few that make the Chows bad. Don't judge a breed just on the poor represenitives. Also look at all of the Chows out there that are good.


    (I thought I held my temper back pretty good.....if I had said the things I really want to say...well......let's just say I'd be in trouble ;) )
     
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    Well said :) *claps* great representative of the breed you are!
     
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    *blushes* Thanks..... :) I've stocked up on breed info of all of the breeds I like because most of the breeds I like, everybody thinks are evil and will eat them. I've had lots of practice telling people that Pitties, Chows, Rotties, Mastiffs, etc. aren't Monsters and it is the irrisponsible owners and irrisponsible breeders that are making the breeds human aggresive.
    (And also remember reading somewhere that because of the way Chows eyes, hair, and head are shaped they have tunnel vision so sudden movements startle them because they can't see to the sides very well. Is this true? I think it is, but I'm not sure.)
     
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    hey i got a half chow dog too ..(the pics in my profile) i'm not sure if its half chow yet but it looks like one cuz his mom is a german shepherd. they really are hard to train but they are soo adorable!
     
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    facez of death---sounds like an ignorant little kid who wrote that.

    I'm currently dog sitting for a family who has 3 month old chow and a 4 month old german shepherd puppy. Talk about ~cute~ !! The chow is the cuttest thing I think I've ever seen. He looks like a fuzzy fat piglet with the softest thickest brown hair. The shepherd pup is cute too! The chow was a bit shy at first but has grown to know me and is very sweet.
     

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