The Chow Chow origins are attributed to China where it was kept as a watchdog and also used for hunting. The Chow Chow is known in China for over 2000 years and is akin to the Nordic spitz type and also contains something of the Mastiff. Due to Chinese politics, closed to the rest of the world, the Chow Chow began to appear in other countries around 1800. It came to England in the late 18th century and was nearly ignored in Britain until the 20s, when a number of subjects was exposed in the Cruft’s in 1925.
Active and well-proportioned, lion-looking, proud, with a solid structure; the tail is carried noticably above the back.
It must always be able to move freely and must not have so much fur as to prevent the activity of cause suffering in high temperatures.
The bluish black tongue is characteristic of the breed.