Showsight Presents The Chow Chow

“While primarily a companion today, hIs WOrkING OrIGIN mUst alWays be remembereD WheN assessING trUe ChOW type.”

ative of proper or improper structure. Th e chow chow’s stilted gait can only be evalu- ated from the side. 4uotH IroP thH AKC Chow Chow ErHHd standard “General Appearance – Characteris- tics – An ancient breed of northern Chi- nese origin, this all-purpose dog of China was used for hunting, herding, pulling and protection of the home. While pri- marily a companion today, his working origin must always be remembered when assessing true Chow type. A powerful, sturdy, squarely built, upstanding dog of Arctic type, medium in size with strong muscular development and heavy bone. Th e body is compact, short coupled, broad and deep, the tail set high and car- ried closely to the back, the whole sup- ported by four straight, strong, sound legs. Viewed from the side, the hind legs have little apparent angulation and the hock joint and metatarsals are directly beneath the hip joint. It is this structure which produces the characteristic shorter,

stilted gait unique to the breed. Th e large head with broad, flat skull and short, broad and deep muzzle is proudly car- ried and accentuated by a ru ff . Elegance and substance must be combined into a well balanced whole, never so massive as to outweigh his ability to be active, alert and agile. Clothed in a smooth or an o ff - standing rough double coat, the Chow is a masterpiece of beauty, dignity and naturalness. Essential to true Chow type are his unique blue-black tongue, scowl- ing expression and stilted gait.” BIO Love Banghart and her husband Bob have been actively involved with loving, breeding and showing Chow chows since the mid 1970s. Love is an AKC special- ist judge and has judged the US Chow club National Specialty twice, as well as specialties in Japan, Australia, New Zea- land, Canada and Italy. She writes the Chow column for the AKC Gazette and has held most o ffi ces in the parent club through the years.

Nose spotted or distinctly other color than black, except in blue Chows which may have solid blue or slate noses. Th e top surface or edges of the tongue red or pink or with one or more spots of red or pink. Th e standard documents the qualities which determine “chow type”. Th e stilted gait, the square pro fi le, dark blue-black pigmentation of the tongue, and the distinct scowl. Further examination must be performed to evaluate the front assem- bly structure, the body and rear structures and proper coat texture. Gait is also indic-

“ClOtheD IN a smOOth Or aN OffstaNDING rOUGh DOUble COat, the ChOW Is a masterpIeCe Of beaUty, DIGNIty aND NatUralNess.”

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