CH. YANG FU TANG HISTORICAL INFO
- Name: Ch. Yang Fu Tang
- Red male
- Born October 10, 1929
- Breeder: YANG FU KENNELS of the brothers Arthur and Richard Hoffman- Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Owned by Louise Seamer
- Sire: Ch. Yang Fu King (Son of Ch. Choonam Brilliantine)
- Dam: Yang Fu Queenie (Grandaughter of Ch. Choonam Brilliantine)
- Yang Fu Tang was produced by combining two of the most sought after bloodlines of the day – Ch. Choonam Brilliantine and Ch. Win Sum Min T’sing.
- He was a charismatic dog who did a lot to help return to the public, a good perception of chow temperament. The breed’s reputation had been seriously compromised with the sudden popularity and careless breeding for the pet market. This chow craze was partially sparked by President Coolidge owning chows Blackberry and Tim in the 20’s.
- Ch. Yang Fu Tang was the chow breed’s first major winner of Best in Show awards with 22 Bests in Show to his credit and held this record until Ah Sid the Dilettante (Buddy) tied the record in 1963, broke in 1964. Buddy’s record stood until 1984 until Ch. Wah Hu Redcloud Sugar Daddy retired after 35 Bests
- 1932 he won the Chow Chow Club of America National Specialty in New York City under judge Mrs Wm Fitzgerald.. The chow entry was 167
- 1931 and 1932 Ch. Yang Fu Tang won Best of Breed at the Westminster Kennel Club show..
- Died July 12, 1936 from heat prostration at the far too young age of 7 , leaving many offspring to carry on his pedigree
Above is an extremely rare Dog World cover from June 1934 in my personal collection highlighting Ch. Yang Fu Tang. As well known as this record holding dog was, his photographs are elusive. The cover art was most likely based on the photo below…the only REAL photo I have in my collection of him to date.
This recent photo addition above is an extremely rare glimpse of Ch. Yang Fu Tang at a different angle from the other image
ABOVE IS YET ANOTHER RARE FIND FROM DOG NEWS 1931 COMPLETE WITH DESCRIPTION AND ACCOMPLISMENTS
SEE ENLARGED TEXT BELOW
It is noteworthy to read the last paragraph which states this dog is heavy and massive. THIS is what the past standard was talking about when they used the word “massive”. Not buffalo massive….they were referring to heavier than most of the northern spitz breeds of the day.
This above gem which I covet is in my personal collection ! CLICK HERE to read more about the Yang Fu Tang sketch
ANOTHER STUNNING COVER FEATURING CH. YANG FU TANG FROM 1931
A WONDERFUL COMMENT LEFT BELOW BY THE DAUGHTER OF YANG FU TANG’S BREEDER IN DECEMBER 2015.
“Hello, ch.Yang Fu Tang was my fathers show dog, Yang Fu kennels were my father Arthur Hoffman and my mother’s kennels we bred and raised that chow and sold him to louise. I am now 90 yrs old and its fascinating to see some one so interested. Also Mel Thompson was not the artist of Yang Fu Tang’s picture that was my uncle Richard Hoffman who drew that picture, just fyi. Any way, nice to come across someone who had such an interest it was a big deal in my family while I was growing up.”
Circa early 1930s. I could not believe my eyes when I saw this huge bronze plaque show up at auction. I immediately recognized the chow as the very famous Ch Yang Fu Tang who was a great ambassador for our breed as well with his charming temperament
I have in my records somewhere documentation if thus bronze plaque being made for a special award and have seen one other copy of it in photos. Now I need to track that info down for the archives. I’m just so excited I could pop! Eventually I would love to donate this treasure as a perpetual trophy for the national.
rosemaryanne mills says
Love to see your posts – appreciate how much hard work you put into this.
Sandra Miller says
Thank you SO much Rosemary for your comment!!! I adore doing this and wish there was more time in the day!!! Hugs, Sandra
Hello, ch.Yang Fu Tang was my fathers show dog, Yang Fu kennels were my father Arthur Hoffman and my mother’s kennels we bred and raised that chow and sold him to louise. I am now 90 yrs old and its fascinating to see some one so interested. Also Mel Thompson was not the artist of Yang Fu Tang’s picture that was my uncle Richard Hoffman who drew that picture, just fyi. Any way, nice to come across someone who had such an interest it was a big deal in my family while I was growing up.
Sandra Miller says
Oh my word June!!! You have no idea what a special Christmas present this is to me to fin comment on the ChowTales archives. Bless your heart for taking the time to write with all this valuable information. You are indeed a very lucky woman to have been a part of such an important chow kennel that made a huge impact on the breed. How many times have I imagined a time machine that could bring me “face to face” with the influential chowists of yesteryear…..right now I think that time machine exists!
I am SO happy to know that your uncle was the artist and I will be updating this article very soon. i’m so honored to own this portrait and it means even more now. If you have any stories, recollections , copies of photos etc you would like to share I would be your BEST listener!!! I have so many clippings etc about the Yang Fu kennels that I haven’t even begun to put on the site .
Please keep in touch June. My personal email is [email protected] I’m so happy to meet you and look forward to hearing more. I hope you have a fantastic holiday!!
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Joseph Wilson says
I don’t know if your still doing this work or if you’ll see this post but great job that you have done ? God bless
Thank you so very much Joseph. Yes this site is an ongoing labor of love!!! I certaily appreciate your stopping in!! Sandra Miller admin