Decided on getting a Chow Chow? You’re not just bringing home a dog; you’re welcoming an ancient Chinese symbol of loyalty. With its plush mane and unique blue-black tongue, a Chow Chow isn’t just any pet; it’s a statement of canine world history.
Why a Chow Chow?
The Chow Chow isn’t just a pretty face. This breed, treasured in Chinese history, was not just a hunter or worker but was also a staple in imperial courts. But, with such regality comes responsibility. They have specific health and temperament needs that set them apart from other breeds. This may include Hip and Elbow Dysplasia, Entropion, Hot Spots and more.
Adopt or Buy?
There are two primary ways to welcome a Chow Chow into your life: adopting or buying. Many Chow Chows around the world need loving homes. Shelters and specific charities cater to their care and adoption. An adopted Chow might have a history. They may be shy or hesitant initially due to past neglect or trauma. Remember the adage, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?” Well, with patience, love, and regular visits before adoption, you can bond with an older Chow Chow.
But, if you’re looking to buy, especially a puppy, you’ll want the best breeder.
Dodging the Puppy Farms
Every Chow Chow deserves a great start in life. Sadly, not all get it. Puppy farms, places that care more for profit than the puppies, are a stark reality. Here, pups might be bred in less-than-ideal conditions, impacting their health and temperament.
Signs you might be dealing with a puppy farm:
- No sign of the puppy’s mother.
- A breeder who lacks Chow Chow knowledge.
- Quick sales without multiple visits.
- No home suitability checks.
- Puppies sold through third parties.
- Absence of a sale contract.
Choosing an Ethical Breeder
Good news? Ethical breeders who prioritize a Chow Chow’s welfare over profit exist! Start by checking with the Kennel Club’s assured breeder scheme. But remember, their stamp isn’t the only hallmark of quality. Many passionate breeders might be newer to the scene.
Key points for an ethical breeder:
- Proper certifications and licenses.
- Comprehensive health records for the Chow Chow.
- Details on vaccinations, microchipping, and worming.
- They ask you as many questions as you ask them. After all, they want the best homes for their puppies.
Choosing to get a Chow Chow means embracing a lasting relationship. It’s not just about the beauty and fluff but understanding and respecting the breed’s unique needs. Do your research, whether adopting or buying. Knowing your Chow Chow’s background ensures a healthier, happier life for them, and a fulfilling companionship for you. Enjoy the journey with your new majestic friend!
For more information on typical Chow Chow health issues, read our blog specifically on Chow health issues here.