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Chow Chow

Chow Chow
Country of origin
China
Classification
FCI[?]: Group 5 Section 5
AKC:Non-sporting
ANKC[?]:Group 7 (Non-Sporting)
KC(UK)[?]:Utility
NZKC[?]:Non-sporting
Breed standards (external links)
FCI (http://www.google.com/search?q=cache:HP7JscWVx0gJ:www.fci.be/uploaded_files/205gb99_en.doc+site:www.fci.be+%22205+/+09.+06.+1999%22&hl=en&ie=UTF-8), AKC (http://www.akc.org/breeds/recbreeds/chow.cfm), ANKC (http://www.ankc.aust.com/chowchow), KC(UK) (http://www.the-kennel-club.org.uk/discoverdogs/utility/u922.htm), NZKC (http://www.nzkc.org.nz/br720)
Notes
Also recognised by the
Canadian Kennel Club[?]

Chow Chow, or Chow, is a breed of dog originated from China, where it is referred to as Songshi Quan (鬆獅犬 Pinyin: sōngshī quǎn), literally means "puffy-lion dog". It is an unusual and unique type of dog. They were originally made for food over in the other countries. Now they are good guard dogs: they are homeothermic, mesopytes, omnivore, they have parastic symbolic relationship, they are active in the winter, they have active protection, and they live 12-15 years and have 3-6 offspring. Chows have blue and black tongues.

Names

In addition to, or in place of, Songshi Quan, Chinese used to call Chow Chow Tang Quan, "Dog of the Tang Empire". A bas-relie[?] from 150 BC (during the Han Dynasty) includes a hunting dog like Chow Chows.

The name "Chow Chow" is based on the late-19th century name "Chow-dog", which in turn described pickled food from China and India.



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