Circa late 1800’s – A matter of Original Chow colors

Discussions regarding what original chow colors were in China have come up many times over the years,  s0 when I ran across this article in my collection today,  I thought it would be of great benefit to those researching the oldest of the old color theories. The author had extensive conversations with Mr Taunton (Walter Kelsey Taunton 1844 – 1927) who was a pioneer in importing  the Chow breed from China.   He owned the first chow to be exhibited at Crystal Palace in England in 1880….  a black bitch called CHINESE PUZZLE

Mr. Taunton's black chow bitch "Chinese Puzzle"
Mr. Taunton’s black chow bitch “Chinese Puzzle”

I would imagine this article reflects pretty accurate reporting as Mr Taunton was an  authority of the Chow Breed in his day.   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)


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  • Both CHOW VIII   and  BLUE BLOOD  mentioned  have their own profile pages you can read
  • The mention of the “black tinged or mixed up brown called “bronze” perked my ears up, as I wrote an article about BROWN CHOWS
  • BLUE CHOWS also get their share of press in this article, as well as what the author refers to “so called cream” and WHITE CHOWS
  • Note that the bright red , maybe what we call mahogany red today,  is mentioned as becoming rare and hard to find this early on as breeders started “manufacturing” colors
  • Deducting from other articles I have where the term “patched” is used regarding chows,  it described a shaded dog, either blue or red for the most part,  who bear very distinct lighter shadings on the britches , chest and tail, yet those colors are blended with the main body color. The famous CHOW VIII as perfect of a chow as could be, was faulted at the turn of the century by many for his lighter patches on his britches .

     


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chow viii 1901
This famous Chow VIII is one of the dogs mentioned below. Click to enlarge

 

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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


LATE 1800'S 3 PART CHOW STANDARD

LATE 1800'S 3 PART CHOW STANDARD

LATE 1800'S 3 PART CHOW STANDARD