The Chow Chow’s history as a hunting dog

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It’s no secret that the Chow Chow is one of today’s most beloved breeds, known for their distinctive thick fur coats and big personalities. But did you know that this majestic canine was once bred as a loyal hunting companion? That’s right, different from its reputation as a family pet nowadays, the Chow Chow actually has quite an extensive history within the realm of hunting dating back centuries ago.

Keep reading to discover more about where these charming dogs come from and how they ended up becoming such popular house pets!

What is the history of Chow Chow?

The Chow Chow is an ancient and majestic breed of canine that has been around for centuries. Originating in Northern China, the Chow was initially bred as a hunting companion and guard dog. Over time, it became popular among Chinese royals and other upper classes for its grace and distinctive look.

The unique blue-black tongue of a Chow is believed to have once played a part in Chinese folklore and legend — some historians suggest that people believed these dogs could ward off evil spirits!

While no one is sure exactly how long humans have been breeding this breed, records show that Europeans first encountered them during the early 1700s; by the end of the 19th century, they had become one of the most popular breeds around. Nowadays, the Chow’s popularity throughout Europe has waned somewhat, but in Japan, they remain hugely adored pets to this day.

What are Chow Chows known for?

Chow Chows are known as a perpetually “smiling” breed of canine; their furrowed brow and trademark mane gives them a unique lion-like appearance! Interestingly, this beautiful breed is also extremely loyal and vigilant, making them ideal watchdogs. They are also highly intelligent, so they can be trained to perform tasks and follow commands.

As companion animals, Chow Chows are gentle and dignified with both their family and their visitors; they’ll know how to size each encounter up and react appropriately. Any pet parent would be lucky to have one of these gentle giants in the house!

What did Chow Chows hunt in China?

If you’re an animal lover, then you’ll be glad to hear that the Chow Chows from China weren’t originally bred for their adorable looks. These pooches were used as hunting dogs in Ancient China! They were agile and powerful enough to take down small mammals, birds, and other game. That said, nobody knows for sure what these tough but cuddly creatures were used for after the fall of the last Chinese dynasty.

Some theories suggest that they may have been used to hunt large predators like tigers or lions yet there’s no evidence to support this idea beyond speculation. It’s interesting how the same breed of dog with such a wonderful temperament had such a crucial role in hunting before becoming beloved family pets all around the world!

Do Chow Chows have a high prey drive?

Do Chow Chows have a high prey drive? Well, it all depends on the individual dog. From my experience, these wonderful canine companions typically don’t have a very strong pursuit instinct. I read an interesting article that suggests that many Chow Chows only chase small animals if they happen to catch them moving in their peripheral vision.

And even then, they are more likely to freeze in place — watching whatever has caught their interest — than give chase. As far as cats and other small pets go, if your Chow is socialized well and familiar with them then usually there won’t be any issue either.

So while some may say an innate high prey drive runs through the Chow’s veins, in my opinion, it’s not exactly something you need to worry about too much with this furry species!

Are Chow Chows strong dogs?

Chow Chows make great guard dogs and companions due to their strong build and protective nature. Their thick coats and muscular bodies give them an ideal size and strength for today’s active family, as their ancestors were often used to hunt, pull sleds, or guard valuables. Chow Chows are sensitive and loyal animals that can be excellent family pets when given proper training.

They also have some agility with their ability to jump fences up to six feet in height; they could easily control a yard or garden area. They are alert guardians that will bark at strangers but rarely resort to aggression unless provoked. This breed is strong enough to handle the tasks it was originally bred for, but is equally well suited for the modern home setting.

Concluding Remarks

From its beginnings as an ancient hunting dog, the Chow Chow has endured over millennia. Its powerful build, strength and determination make it a formidable hunter, yet it also has a softer side that makes it a good companion for those lucky enough to have one as part of their family. It may require a bit more special attention than some other breeds, but the result more than makes up for it in love and loyalty for many years to come.

There’s no doubt that this noble breed has held its ground through time even though its initial purpose may have changed throughout the centuries. For anyone looking for the perfect versatile pet that offers companionship and security alike, giving it careful consideration is an absolute must. After all, with such an impressive history – what’s not to love?

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Janine Corn

Janine Corn

Owning a Chow Chow is so much joy, and owning two is more than double the fun.
But still, there are things to know if you're new to this breed or if you're considering getting a Chow Chow so I started this blog for fellow Chow Chow lovers.
Hope you enjoy!

About Me

Owning a Chow Chow is so much joy, and owning two is more than double the fun.
But still, there are things to know if you’re new to this breed or if you’re considering getting a Chow Chow so I started this blog for fellow Chow Chow lovers.
Hope you enjoy!

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