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Sunday, 6 April 2014

Chow Chow

The chow chow originated in China more than 2,000 years ago and served as a draft, guard, hunting, and flock dog;

Some dogs were raised expressly to be used as food by the Chinese, who fed them only grain; pelts were then made into clothing. Chou is the Chinese word for "edible," and many experts agree that is where the breed got its name.

It is believed that the Chow Chow is one of the native dogs used as the model for the Foo dog, the traditional stone guardians found in front of Buddhist temples and palaces.

The Chinese also used Chows to pull dog sleds, and this was remarked upon by Marco Polo.

Sigmund Freud had a Chow Chow named Jo-Fi who attended all of his therapy sessions because he felt that dogs had a special sense that allows them to judge a person's character accurately, and admitted he depended on Jo-Fi for an assessment of a patient's mental state.

President Calvin Coolidge and his wife owned a black Chow named Timmy.

Sources Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia © 1998 The Learning Company, Inc, Wikipedia

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