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Quick Question

Postby nikkoabenales » Tue Mar 01, 2016 5:06 pm

Hello guys! I'm new here!

I got a new puppy. I'm told that he's a Chow Chow.
His name is Chewie, from Star Wars of course.... lol
My question is, Is he really a Chow Chow?
He's already 9 weeks but he's just about 2kgs...
Chow chows are supposed to be big and heavy right?
Thanks! :)
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Re: Quick Question

Postby Rory's Dad » Wed Mar 02, 2016 7:33 pm

From the picture I would say he is at least part chow. I look at the ears. they are triangular and heavy (that is also why they are still folded a bit). His eyes are almond shaped. The muzzle, while on the thinner side, is correct for an open faced chow. His paws are definitely correct, heavy and well rounded. The overall head set is nice for a chow.

A shot of the rear would be helpful. Perhaps standing if you can accomplish that. He should has a slight curl to his tail at that age, and the rear legs should be mostly straight with just a slight bend at the knee. As he moves, he should walk almost tippy toe on the rear legs and the gait should be stilted (think pendulum). Stilted gait is almost lost in chows these days, but seeing that short stride is particular to the breed. It's tough to see in puppies, but it should be there to some degree.

My initial thoughts are that he is truly chow. I wouldn't worry about weight as a determining factor. More common these days are heavier boned Chows, but historically they have been more athletic (and that sort does exist a lot these days, just seems to be less favorable). Also, Chows tend to mature into their adult form at a slower rate than other breeds. The big growth spurts will happen around 12 weeks through 8 months or so. They continue to grow bone mass through 18 months. Cartiledge development continues up to 2 years.

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Re: Quick Question

Postby nikkoabenales » Thu Mar 03, 2016 4:05 am

Hello Rory's Dad!
Thanks for your reply!
I tried to take pics but it's so hard coz Chewie's trying to eat my phone... lol
But here are some pics... :)
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Re: Quick Question

Postby rmb » Wed Mar 16, 2016 2:55 pm

he's a little doll and looks pure chow to me. Mine is of the older "pre-designer" variety, open faced, longer legs & body, only 43 lbs at 4 years old. Personally, I prefer the open faced variety, certainly less liklihood of eye troubles common in chows. Enjoy your baby, be good to him and he'll be good to you!

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Re: Quick Question

Postby Rory's Dad » Wed Mar 16, 2016 6:15 pm

Sorry for the delay, been very busy lately.

Thanks for the extra pics. I think he's full bred chow.

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Re: Quick Question

Postby nikkoabenales » Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:02 pm

Thanks rmb and Rory's Dad!

I found out that Chewie's mom's pure chow and his dad's 90%chow 10%pomeranian...

Anyway, Chewie's getting bigger and a little heavier, he just got dewormed and I switched his diet from Beef Pro (kibble brand here in the Philippines which is apparently just corn and meat by products) to Go! Sensitivity + Shine Salmon Recipe Dry Dog Food which he loves to eat... I'm currently researching about BARF diet...

Thanks and I will post new pics of him soon! :)

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Re: Quick Question

Postby kingfluff » Fri Apr 22, 2016 7:51 am

That 10% pom shows a little but not too much. He looks almost like my dogs when they were pups!

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Re: Quick Question

Postby FurParent » Wed Jul 20, 2016 8:31 pm

He looks pure to me, and he's definitely adorable!


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