I am heading up this very early newspaper article from our breed history with another outstanding find in my personal archives. It depicts just 3 years after the article, a chow dog being “catered” to in the famous Kensington Gardens of London. It sets into perspective how quickly this Chow fad took hold in all parts of England ,from the late 1890’s onward. You will find some incredible tidbits about the smooth coat variety and where they may have originated from. My jaw hit the floor when I researched the Tonkin area of China . In our travels to Hanoi Vietnam and Kunming China ( both in close proximity to the Gulf of Tonkin) I took many photos of what looked like smooth chows with black tongues , straighter rears and very chow features. More on that later!!