August 5, 2015
An Update on My Chow Chow Puppy
So many of you often ask for updates on my pets - the horses and ponies, the peacocks and chickens, and of course, the dogs and cats.
As many of you know, not too long ago, I acquired a female Chow Chow puppy from my breeder, Karen Tracy, of Pazzazz Chows in Pennsylvania. My puppy is now nine and half weeks old, with a very courageous and curious temperament. And, despite everyone’s anticipation, I am still trying to come up with the perfect name - I’ve asked my granddaughter, Jude, to help me name her.
I took some photos of her, yesterday, during a brief walk around the farm - enjoy.
1 My Chow Chow puppy is doing very well. She is now nine and a half weeks old, and already the most popular pet on the farm.
2 She is a confident and curious puppy, with boundless energy. She loves to run off and investigate everything she sees and hears, such as this leaf in her mouth.
3 And, her "heart" toy, which says "I love you" when squeezed.
4 She is getting used to being on a light leash and going for brief walks outside. It's been very warm here in the northeast, so she's kept in the shade as much as possible.
5 No matter what the weather is, she is always ready to play. Everyone on the farm loves to walk her, but with this face, who wouldn't?
6 She's at an important socialization stage, where she should be introduced to as many people, things, and sounds as possible. Here she is walking through the dwarf apple orchard. She has no fears whatsoever - she's a very stable puppy.
7 And, she is very alert, and stops to watch everything that moves.
8 The Chow Chow has a very dense double coat. My puppy's coat is already thick and full, and so very fluffy like a lion...
9 She has beautiful conformation too, just like her daddy, G.K.
10 And, she seems to smile at everyone she meets. Just don't let her fool you - she's still just a puppy, that loves to chase and nip at people's feet!
11 According to the breed's standard, the Chow Chow should have a broad skull, with triangular and erect ears, almond shaped eyes, a black nose, and the very distinctive blue-black tongue and lips.
12 Right now, she has a black mask and a mousy brown color, but as she matures, her mask will fade, and her coat will become more red like G.K.'s.
13 But she will always have that very unique Chow Chow blue-black tongue.
14 Chow Chows tend to be very independent and strong-willed, but they're also extremely intelligent. Good, proper socialization and training will ensure a well-behaved, polite dog.
15 And, when she's ready, a beautiful show dog too.
16 When she is an adult, she will stand about 17 to 20 inches tall. Although considered a medium-sized dog, the Chow's lion-mane like ruff and dense coat make them appear larger.
17 Here she was exploring near the basket house. Unfortunately, it was very quiet there - no squirrels, no birds, no chipmunks...
18 Here she was taking a little break on the cool, stone paver.
19 A Bas-relief dating back to the Han Dynasty in 150 to 200 B.C., places the Chow Chow as a hunting dog in China during that time. Later, they were bred as general purpose working dogs for herding, hunting, pulling and guarding.
20 She still has a lot of growing up to do to fill the collars of her Chow Chow ancestors.
21 As with all puppies, this one is just starting to teethe, and chew on everything.
22 Even her leash!
23 Every pup loves a good belly rub.
24 The Chow Chow also has a very distinctive tail - thickly furred and curled over its body. And look at the pads of her feet...
25 They look so cute when she walks.