They’re one of the most recognisable breeds of dog in the UK, but how much do you know about the loyal and loving Chow Chow?
But with 221 different breeds of pedigree dog to choose from, there’s plenty of thinking to do before you select your perfect pup.
There’s even academic guidance to seek out, with Psychologist Stanley Coren’s book ‘The Intelligence of Dogs’ ranking breeds by instincts, obedience, and the ability to adapt.
One dog that often appears at the top of people’s canine wishlists is the Chow Chow – these bear-like pooches have a range of positive attributes that make them a great family pet.
Here are 10 fun and interesting facts about the breed.
1. Big in China
The Chow Chow is thought to have started life somewhere in Asia - most likely Mongolia - but became hugely popular in China, where they were trained to hunt, guard, pull sleds, and herd cattle. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
2. There's a reason for that winning smile
While the vast majority of dog breeds have 42 teeth, the Chow Chow has 44 - perhaps explaining why they are such smiley dogs. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
3. A coat of many colours
Chow Chows come with a variety of coat colours and types - rough or smooth, and black, blue, cinnamon, cream, or red. Their coat can get so thick that owners should keep a close eye on them around water - a sodden coat can make swimming a struggle. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
4. A fine mix
The Chow Chow has been around for so long that experts are not sure exactly what mix of breeds led to their establishment. Theories about their ancestors include the Tibetan Mastiff, the Samoyed, the Norwegian Elkhound, the Keeshond, and the Pomeranian. Photo: Canva/Getty Images