So many of you are asking about my Chow Chow, Peluche - where is she? And, how is she doing?
I am happy to report Peluche is back at the farm and doing just fine. She has been in Pennsylvania at the home of my longtime breeder, Karen Tracy, owner of Pazzazz Chows. Last winter, Peluche was bred to Karen’s champion four-year-old dog, Liontamer Pazzazz If You Got It Flaunt It, also known as “Yoshi”. And, on February 10th, Peluche whelped four healthy puppies - two boys and two girls.
Over the weekend, Karen brought the puppies up for a visit. All of them are so very beautiful, alert and friendly. I decided to keep one - the smallest of the litter - you will adore her. Here are some photos.
Peluche has been back about a week – everyone at the farm missed her. She has lost some of her lustrous coat – it happens to all dogs after having puppies, but it is coming back quickly.
The puppies are all weaned now, but they recognized their mom right away. We put them in the exercise pen for a little time together.
Peluche is a good dam, or mom. The puppies are nearly eight-and-a-half weeks old, and ready to go to their forever homes.
This is the sire, Yoshi. He is the great-grandson of my dear late Paw Paw. Yoshi is very friendly, and very happy – Karen says he is always wagging his tail.
And this is the little girl that’s staying here at Cantitoe Corners. Her name is Empress Chin.
Here she is a couple weeks ago at Karen’s, dressed in a sweater.
Chin Chin is the smallest female – she is the one looking up at the camera.
All the puppies are so beautiful – Karen is a very well-known top Chow Chow breeder, and always focuses on both temperament and appearance when breeding.
My grandchildren, Jude and Truman, fell in love with the puppies right away. Here they are after playing in the mud left over from the recent rains.
Jude is so gentle with them. Chin Chin is already bonding.
Chin Chin’s litter mates are saying, “what about us?” When choosing a puppy, always look for one that is alert and playful.
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 solid blue-black tongue and lips.
Chin Chin also 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 my GK’s.
Chin Chin is already the most popular pet on the farm – she is getting lots of love and attention.
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 make them appear larger. The Chow Chow has a very distinctive tail – thickly furred and curled over its body. Chows should have a nice high tail set – even at this young age.
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.
Chin Chin is a confident and curious puppy. She loves to run and investigate everything she sees and hears.
She has beautiful conformation too, just like her mom, Peluche, and her grandfather, GK.
She’s at an important socialization stage, where she should be introduced to as many people, things, and sounds as possible.
She is playing in the grassy field I call the Party Lawn, adjacent to my clematis pergola, but she was eager to sniff and explore.
Chow Chows are naturally well behaved, but with every young puppy, it is important to supervise them carefully as they get into everything.
Here is Chin Chin – already modeling in a basket. She doesn’t seem to mind at all.
Here is Peluche taking a nap on the steps outside my Winter House kitchen.
And here is the great Chow Chow, GK. He is such a wonderful and loving dog with puppies.
I think they will get along splendidly. Welcome to the farm, Empress Chin.