14+ Historical Facts About Chow Chows You Might Not Know

The Chow Chow breed (sometimes called Chao Chao) has an appearance that makes it difficult to confuse it with another dog. Few people know, but recent studies have shown that these animals show from Mongolia and northern China, and the breed is over 2000 years old. At least, this is evidenced by images on pottery dating from 200-260 BC. Their closest relatives are wolves.

#1 An ancient Chinese legend says that the Chow was born from the union of a wolf and a panda.

#2 In ancient Chinese manuscripts of the 11th century, it is called the “Tatar dog” or “the dog of the barbarians”, since the progenitors of the Chow were bred by barbarian nomads who raided China.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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