How Long Have Chow Chows Been Around?
The Chow Chow is one of the oldest known dog breeds in the world. They originated from northern China about 2,000 years ago. There is also documentation of the Chow Chow originating in Ancient Asia over 3,000 years ago and migrating to China. The Chow Chow is believed to have been bred from a Tibetan Mastiff and Samoyed. The breed is known as the Songshi Quan in their native China, which roughly translates to “”puffy-lion dog.””
They were brought to Britain in 1780 and became extremely popular when Queen Elizabeth obtained a Chow puppy in 1915. In modern times, the Chow is an all-purpose dog breed that is used for hunting, herding, and home protection. The Chow was brought to the United States in 1890, and recognized and accepted by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1903.