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New to the forum, chow question..

Post by KurosMom » Sat Dec 18, 2010 11:36 am

First time posting but an avid reader since owning my chow chow. I'm also a first time dog owner so this forum has been my saving grace!
We got her from the Houston SPCA 3-4 months ago and her kennel card states she's a chow chow/mix but they're uncertain what she's mixed with (she was a stray). My vet thought she was a purebred and others have mixed opinions about what she's mixed with. So, my question is... what's your opinion?

Kuro, female, 10 months old.. enjoy!

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When we first got her

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After her first haircut, :( never again PetSmart!

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Who knew she was so tiny under all that hair.. she's fattened up since then.

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Re: New Chow Mommy! Question about my baby..

Post by KurosMom » Sat Dec 18, 2010 11:39 am

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Re: New to the forum, chow question..

Post by Sarahloo » Sat Dec 18, 2010 12:20 pm

Chowfoundland, maybe??? But definitely lots and lots of chow!!!

Beautiful girl! She's going to be more like a best friend than a pet!

I can't believe that "haircut". :evil:
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Re: New to the forum, chow question..

Post by gumbychow » Sat Dec 18, 2010 12:36 pm

hello kurosmon
your chow is very beautiful and seems to have quickly the appearance of the breed.
But it may also make it a mix, what is important is the love he gives you, and the new life you've given him.
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The eyes of your chow, are beautiful .... :oops:

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Re: New to the forum, chow question..

Post by KurosMom » Sun Dec 19, 2010 8:44 am

Sarahloo - Thanks for the tip, I may check it out. It's insane how quickly I fell in love with her. I think all her health issues in the beginning really made me form a special bond with her and I feel like she's my child more than my "pet." And the haircut... I was about to cry when I went to pick her up :cry: I guess they're used to cutting dogs like that in summer (I live in southeast Texas).

gumbychow - Yes, agreed. I love her unconditionally! Just my curiosity getting the best of me in terms of what she may be mixed with. And thank you, I think her eyes are beautiful too :D

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Post by Me & Tess » Sun Dec 19, 2010 9:06 am

She looks a lot like my Tess. I was always amazed when I gave Tess a bath how almost thin she looked. Your girl looks like she has lots of personality - she looks happy & healthy.. God bless you for taking her in. I just know that you love her so much. Her fur will grow back nicely. Had a neighbor that would give his chow a hair cut every year - made him look like a lion! I never did give Tess a hair cut - I think if I had she would have been embarassed! When I was a little girl my first Chow was a Chow-mix - my dad gave him hair cuts every year..........no, no, no!

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Re: New to the forum, chow question..

Post by Ursa's daddy » Sun Dec 19, 2010 10:43 am

She looks like my girl, Ursa, and if she is not all Chow, it would surprise me. We are in south Mississippi, and have the dogs clipped every spring when they start to shed. My wife objects to all the hair in the house. I think the big woolly bear look is neat.

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Re: New to the forum, chow question..

Post by Loha'sDad » Sun Dec 19, 2010 1:29 pm

Looks purebred to me. Compare her with my purebred Loha. And I think it is better to NEVER cut a chow's coat. Would you ever give Mona Lisa a flat top? :P

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Post by J & C » Sun Dec 19, 2010 2:36 pm

Looks like all Chow Chow to me and Java too ! :D
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Re: New to the forum, chow question..

Post by MinnieBunz » Mon Dec 20, 2010 6:49 am

She look all chow to me too. The very first picture did look a little deceiving with that odd patch of long hair on her back, that almost looks retrieverish. . . but nothing else points that way and all the other pics look pure chow to me! She is gorgeous!

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Post by CoraP. » Mon Dec 20, 2010 12:04 pm

She is beautiful. Looks like a purebred to me!
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Post by Sony » Mon Dec 20, 2010 1:17 pm

From one new member to another...awesome looking furry kid!

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Post by Victory » Tue Dec 21, 2010 10:17 am

She looks like a pureblood to me, in fact she looks like she could be related to my Firesong. Firesong is also from Texas, so they could be cousins. The one thing that haircut did was show off your Kuro's nice straight back legs, that and her tongue show she's most likely all chow, the mixes tend to have more angulation in their knees. One of the vet's at my clinic HATES their straight legs, she [the vet] says it causes them more knee problems. Anyway, here ate two pictures of my girl. She has some straight very shiny hair on her back like your girl does. Firesong's tail lays flat on her back, but my Dreamdancer's tail, (he's a pureblood too) curls around like your girl's does.
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Re: New to the forum, chow question..

Post by KurosMom » Tue Dec 21, 2010 4:28 pm

Thank you all for the input and details about what characteristics make her appear all chow! It's nice to know all I can about her :).

And beautiful chows Loha's Dad, J & C, and Victory! Thanks for posting pics, I see lots of resemblances.

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Re: New to the forum, chow question..

Post by JasonandNat » Wed Dec 22, 2010 1:33 pm

Welcome! Beautiful Fur-kid!!!! Love, yup, love, makes it all work!

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Re: New to the forum, chow question..

Post by Victory » Mon Dec 27, 2010 11:55 am

Oh. I wanted to add that shelters will often say that a chow is a chow/mix to facilatate their being adopted. For some reason people think a mix is easier to handle than an pure chow. My Darkwind had a note on his carrier when he came that he was a mix...he wasn't, but being a big boy, it might have made the folks loading and unloading him on the plane less nervous. (he was the sweetest most gently chow I've ever had, so if someone was nervous it was for no reason at all).
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Re: New to the forum, chow question..

Post by KurosMom » Mon Dec 27, 2010 9:45 pm

Victory wrote:Oh. I wanted to add that shelters will often say that a chow is a chow/mix to facilatate their being adopted. For some reason people think a mix is easier to handle than an pure chow. My Darkwind had a note on his carrier when he came that he was a mix...he wasn't, but being a big boy, it might have made the folks loading and unloading him on the plane less nervous. (he was the sweetest most gently chow I've ever had, so if someone was nervous it was for no reason at all).
Oh, I see. That makes a lot of sense! Kuro was also the most gentle dog we'd met in our search at different shelters. That's what made her stand out the most and I immediately knew she was the dog for us.

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Post by Tippsy'smom » Tue Dec 28, 2010 6:57 pm

Looks purebred to me! She's a beautiful girl nonetheless. :)
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