If you’ve never seen a chow chow before, it basically looks like a smaller version of a teddy bear. Mishka, a three-year-old dog from Melbourne, Australia, steals hearts online every day. It’s a giant ball of fluff that can make anyone’s day, so we wanted to share it with you!
Mishka is a red chow chow, and his name actually means teddy bear! It is a very appropriate name for her because she is fluffy and cuddly, like a bear. Mishka has two brothers, whom she missed very much on the first night in their new home, but she adjusted quickly. She enjoys going to the beach, trying new delicacies, and generally lazing around the house with her mom and dad.
The breed is in the group of working dogs and weighs between 40 and 70 pounds. It can stand up to 17-20 inches tall at the shoulder and live up to 15 years. Its distinctive features include a “lion’s mane” around the head and shoulders, a blue-black tongue, and almond-shaped eyes. While they generally have a distant and somewhat smug expression, their smile can light up an entire room!
The chow chow can have a rough or smooth coat of red, tan, cream, black, or blue. They shed quite a bit, so if you do get one, be sure to brush it regularly. Despite their thick manes, many owners say that they are otherwise very clean dogs. They enter the house easily, they do not have much odor and they are like cats with their grooming routine.
With their sunken almond eyes, large head, and disheveled lion-like hair, the breed looks very proud and noble. While chows may seem unapproachable or mean, they are fiercely loyal to their families.
More about the chow chow dog breed
They can be shy and distant with strangers, but never aggressive or short-tempered. The chow’s characteristics combine the honor of a lion, the cuteness of a teddy bear, and the independence of a cat. Interestingly, chows also resemble pandas due to their funny and comical nature.
Chows have a dignified and aloof aura, so owners who want a lot of affection from their dogs may not enjoy this breed. These dogs are not very fond of cuddling or cuddling, but they will remain loyal and attentive to their family. If you like a discreet and quiet companion dog, you will love having a meal close by.
Due to their independent nature, chows generally do not do well with young children or other pets. A chow will accept children without being aggressive, of course, but he may not tolerate rough play well. Chow chows do best in homes with older children or well-behaved young children.
As puppies, chows must interact with strangers and other dogs to ensure positive experiences in adulthood. These pups are often suspicious of strangers, so it is crucial to train them to get along with others early on. They will never attack strangers, but they will give a warning to anyone who threatens their family. They are very territorial and protector of those who love.
Chows have a serene nature and adapt well to city life, as they do not require a lot of exercise. While they are active and alert, they only need a few daily walks to stay in shape. They also like to play with toys, but usually do not like vigorous or rough types of exercise. Due to their thick fur, you want to make sure they don’t get exposed to heat. They can easily overheat in hot or humid environments.
History and interesting facts about the chow chow
The chow chow is one of the oldest dog breeds in the world and is believed to have common ancestry with breeds such as the Norwegian Elkhound and the Pomeranian. Many artifacts from China’s Han Dynasty have food, as the breed originated in Mongolia and northern China. According to reports, a Chinese emperor had a kennel with 5,000 chows as hunting dogs. Chinese nobles revered these dogs for their protective and loyal nature.
While they may have earned a reputation for protecting their owners’ possessions, they were also wonderful hunters. These canines were also used to transport items long distances. Sadly, their ancestors are said to have been used as a food source in times when protein was in short supply. Historians believe that the origin of the name itself comes from the Cantonese word for “edible.”
However, a more welcome explanation for the origins of the breed’s name comes from the 18th century British Empire. The expression in English “chow chow” described miscellaneous items among the cargo of a commercial ship during this time. So “chow chow” became another way of saying “etcetera.” The dogs that British merchants received in China also fell under the blanket term chow chow, and the name just stuck.
In the 1820s, the London Zoo exhibited the breed, calling them the “wild dogs of China.” They did not become popular in the west until Queen Victoria, who loved dogs, had one as a pet at the turn of the century. These dogs first came to the United States in the 1890s and were admitted to the American Kennel Club in 1903.
Final thoughts: This breed makes a delightful companion for anyone wanting a low-key dog.
The breed is noble, dignified and stubborn, but it will remain fiercely loyal and protective of its family. Mishka clearly loves his mom and dad and makes people smile every day. His name means teddy bear, which suits him well because he looks like one and also seems to love hugs from big bears.
Not all meals fit the description we provided above. However, the AKC generally finds that the breed has these characteristics. Mishka certainly seems much more loving and friendly than most chows! If you want to adopt a pet, be sure to set aside time for training. If you want a dog that will stay loyal for you without requiring much maintenance, they are the perfect pet.