These dogs were transported in the crates in merchant ships. The dogs were often part of a ship’s cargo and eventually began to be called “Chow Chow” after the Chinese words used to indicate a miscellany of items, from knickknacks and curios to dogs. Chow Chows do not come in “rare” colors. I am looking forward to reading more of this old material! Zola had a theory about the monks blue chows possibly herding the blue sheep. This is a good family pet. BLACK - black rough coat and black smooth coat. Whether you’re planning to get your new best friend from a breeder, a pet store, or another source, don’t forget that old adage “let the buyer beware”. Thanks so much for commenting Walter! It will save you money in the long run. by Layla » Thu May 22, 2008 10:38 am, Post If the ears look dirty, wipe them out with a cotton ball dampened with a gentle ear cleaner recommended by your veterinarian. Whether you are looking to buy or to adopt, we will help you find your perfect buddy. With that in mind, it is extremely important to start training as soon as possible. The head is framed by a profuse ruff, and the tail is plumed. Whether you want to go with a breeder or get your dog from a shelter or rescue, here are some things to keep in mind. The Chow Chow's rule 4 not applicable, as the brindle color is not a recognized color. The first and one of the most famous Europeans to talk about and describe the original Chow Chows was nonother than Marco Polo himself. To change cookie settings, click on "Cookie settings". Chow chow black and chow white are very active. A bath is rarely necessary, although a warm bath followed by a very thorough blow-drying can help remove that shedding coat. FUN FACT: Chow Chow dogs have 44 teeth, while the other dogs have 42. BLACK - The exception silver shading on the tail. These dogs stopped being bred and were kept only by the richest and noblest Chinese. It also affects how the coat will go back, and depending on when in their growth cycle you do it, it can take a long time to grow back. The Chow Chow Club Inc.’s rescue network can help you find a dog that may be the perfect companion for your family. It is in their nature to be calm, quiet and they are usually very well-behaved, but they can also be somewhat stubborn and show some resistance to training. The black Chow Chows are quite common and this is one of the colors that are allowed by their official standard. In states with “puppy lemon laws,” be sure you and the person you get the dog from both understand your rights and recourses. However, be aware that many puppy training classes require certain vaccines (like kennel cough) to be up to date, and many veterinarians recommend limited exposure to other dogs and public places until puppy vaccines (including rabies, distemper and parvovirus) have been completed. Those being RED, BLACK, BLUE, CINNAMON (or fawn), AND CREAM. This dog breed was registered on a definitive basis by the FCI on 10th December 1957. A 2004 study of the canine genome established “genetic fingerprints” for 85 breeds, 14 of which were determined to be part of an ancient group. Put at least as much effort into researching your puppy as you would into choosing a new car or expensive appliance. Both varieties shed heavily twice a year, during which time the coat will come out in handfuls. Additionally, the blue merle gene can carry with it a host of health issues including deafness and blindness ……. I have a few more pre 1900 articles I will add to this page when I find them again  that state the same color ideas so one can view a nice cross section of reports (and opinions), ARCHIVE NOTES BELOW-BOLD UNDERLINED  TEXT CLICKS TO ARTICLES, THE ARTICLE CONTINUES WITH WHAT BECAME THE FIRST   1906 CHOW STANDARD  BASED ON  CHOW VIII, It is important to note that in 1925 the references to the various colors was removed from the  1925 STANDARD, The listing of acceptable colors was returned  to the 1986 STANDARD   for the same reasons the author cites around 100 years earlier, I do my best to be as accurate as possible in my research, however many times written history finds a way to "morph" over time. You need to brush him at least three times a week to keep hair under control and to keep the coat healthy. This is a widely recognized breed that is registered in both the FCI and the AKC. Those things are convenient, but they are almost never associated with reputable breeders. The most noticeable physical feature of this dog breed is its blue-black tongue. Akc marketplace is the only site to exclusively list 100 akc puppies from akc registered litters and the breeders. You should also bear in mind that buying a puppy from websites that offer to ship your dog to you immediately can be a risky venture, as it leaves you no recourse if what you get isn’t exactly what you expected. The Chow Chow is an active dog breed that requires moderate exercise. The black chow chow coat can be solid black have grey shading in the breeches on the tail it can also show a naturally occuring reddish tinge from exposure to the sun and coat cycles.