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      THE CHOW CHOW      

BREED STANDARD

 

GENERAL APPEARANCE - 

An active, compact, short-coupled and well balanced dog, well knit in frame,

 with tail carried well over the back.

CHARACTERISTICS -

 A well balanced dog, leonine in appearance, with proud dignified bearing;

 loyal yet aloof; unique in its stilted gait and bluish-black tongue.  

(See also under Ears and Hindquarters.)

TEMPERAMENT - 

With proud dignified bearing; loyal yet aloof.

HEAD AND SKULL - 

Skull flat and broad, with little stop, well filled out under the eyes.  

Muzzle moderate in length, broad from the eyes to the point 

(not pointed at the end like a fox).  

Nose black, large and wide in all cases 

(with the exception of cream and white in which case a 

light-coloured nose is permissible and in blues 

and fawns a self-coloured nose); but in all colours

 a black nose is preferable.

EYES - 

Dark and small, preferably almond-shaped 

(in blue or fawn dog a light colour is permissible).

EARS -

 Small, thick, slightly rounded at the tip, c

arried stiffly erect but placed well forward over the eyes and wide apart,

 which gives the dog the peculiar characteristic expression of the breed,

 viz., a scowl.

MOUTH -

 Teeth strong and level, giving scissor bite.  Tongue bluish black. 

 Flews and roof of mouth black.  Gums preferably black.

NECK - 

Strong, full, set well on the shoulders and slightly arched.

FOREQUARTERS - 

Shoulders muscular and sloping.  

Forelegs perfectly straight, of moderate length, with good bone.

BODY - 

Chest broad and deep.  Back short, straight and strong.  

Loins powerful.

HINDQUARTERS - 

Hindlegs muscular and hocks well let down and perfectly straight 

which are essential in order to produce the 

Chow's characteristic gait.

FEET - 

Small, round and catlike, standing well on the toes.

TAIL - 

Set high and carried well over the back.

GAIT/MOVEMENT -

 Unique stilted gait.   

COAT - 

Abundant, dense, straight and stand-off. 

 Outer coat rather coarse in texture and with a soft woolly undercoat.  T

he Chow Chow is a profusely coated dog and balance should therefore

 be assessed when the coat is at its natural length.

COLOUR - 

Whole coloured black, red, blue, fawn, cream or white, 

frequently shaded but not patches or parti-coloured (

the underpart of tail and back of thighs frequently of a light colour).

SIZE - 

Minimum height for Chows to be 45.7cm (18 ins) 

but in every case balance should be the outstanding feature

 and height left to the discretion of the judges.

FAULTS - 

 Drop ears.
Tongue splashed or patchy.

Off black noses except in the colours specified, viz., creams, whites, blues or fawns.
Tail not carried over the back.
Any artificial shortening of the coat which alters the natural outline

 or expression of the dog should be penalised.
Parti-coloured.

NOTE - 

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles 

fully descended into the scrotum.

The Standard of the smooth variety is identical with the above

 except that the coat is smooth. 

Non-Sporting Group     A.N.K.C.     January 1998

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