The very first Chow Standard in England and the
USA was based upon this lovely Chinese import
CH. CHOW VIII
Owned by Mrs. Faber
The pages below are from
“THE DOG BOOK”
Click the thumbnails to see actual book pages or you can read standard below
HEAD – Skull flat and broad with little stop, well filled out under the eye.
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 cream or light colored specimens a pink nose is allowable
TONGUE – Black
EYES – Dark and small. (In a blue dog light color is permissible)
EARS – Small, pointed and carried stiffly erect. They should be placed well forward over the eyes, which gives the dog the peculiar characteristic expression of the breed-viz. a sort of scowl.
TEETH – Strong and level.
NECK – Strong, full set will on the shoulders and slightly arched
CHEST – Broad and deep
BACK – Short, straight and strong
LOINS – Powerful
TAIL – Curled tightly over the back
FORE LEGS – Perfectly straight, of moderate length and great bone
HIND LEGS – Same as fore legs, muscular, and with hocks well let down. (The standard is silent as to the straightness of hind legs and lack of bend at the stifle and hock joints, but this is nevertheless considered the proper formation of the leg for the chow)
FEET – Small, round, and cat-like standing well on the toes
COAT – Abundant, dense, straight and rather coarse in texture, with a soft woolly undercoat
COLOR – Whole-coloured, black, red, yellow, blue, white etc. not in patches. (The under part of tail and back of thighs frequently of a lighter colour)
GENERAL APPEARANCE – A lively, compact, short coupled dog, well knit in frame, with tail curled over the back.
DISQUALIFYING POINTS – Drop ears, red tongue, tail not curved over back, white spots on coat, and red nose, except in yellow or white specimens
SMOOTH CHOWS are governed by the same description except that the coat is smooth.