By Carol Beuchat PhD
CH. TIEN (BORN 1892) A TAXIDERMY CHOW IN THE TRING MUSEUM DONATED BY BREEDER MISS CASELLA
NOTE FROM SANDRA: Searching out this article above came about from a productive discussion that started on a post I put up on Facebook, concerning how important the written Chow Standard is to maintain correct “breed type” in chows. The topic went on to discuss that we are at risk of losing some important hallmarks of chow type , one being the unique straight rear. Below is my quote from that conversation
“I observe so often in my chow history research the dog breeds that have gone extinct, as recently as the 20th century, with only hints of the original breed left in “modern” breeds. Some disappear because their “job” is no longer required….others because of careless breeding etc………….. Is this what we want for Chows? “
One of the oldest living antique breeds left on the planet who have survived for centuries relatively unaltered. Will we recognize the classic Chow breed type in another 120 years, or will chows just be in the books as an extinct “contributing breed” to the latest dog breed trend?