So imagine showing your Chow Chow to a friend who's never seen one before. Your dog is hot and panting, and your friend recoils in surprise - "Whadya know? He's got a black tongue"!
The Chow Chow is a member of the spitz family; it has been native to China for thousands of years. The two most distinctive features of the Chow dogs are its blue-black tongue and its almost straight hind legs, which makes it walk rather stilted.
This breed is alert, independent and strong-willed; it is self-willed to the point of obstinacy. To its owner and family it is friendly. Because of his thick coat it is unsuited for hot climates. A well-bred and well-socialized Chow Chow can be just that an excellent family dog.
Black, red, blue, fawn and cream.
Rough, abundant, dense and coarse with a pronounced ruff around head and neck. Smooth, has a hard dense outer coat with a soft undercoat with no ruff or feathering on its legs and tail.
It is prone to entropion (eye irritation caused by eyelid abnormality; this can be corrected with surgery) and hip dysplasia. To minimize the risk of your Chow Chow developing any hereditary health issues, you should buy a Chow Chow puppy from a reputable breeder.