My pets are members of my family, and I am happy to share — my family just got a little bigger.
As you know, I have long loved Chow Chows and have shared my home with many over the years. One of them, Peluche, a three-year old female, recently whelped a litter of four gorgeous puppies. This past weekend, my breeder, Karen Tracy, owner of Pazzazz Chows in Pennsylvania, brought the litter to my farm to show me – and I decided to keep a male. He is 10-weeks old with a very courageous, curious, and loving temperament.
Here are some photos I know you will enjoy.
- Early in the morning, I got a visit from the most adorable Chow Chow puppies. Karen brought Peluche’s newest babies to the farm.
- Peluche had three girls and one boy on April 1st of this year, which was Easter Sunday.
- All four are red Chow Chows. Chows come in five colors: red, black, blue, cinnamon and cream. Red puppies are born a mousy brown color, usually with black masks, which will fade by maturity. As the pup grows, its coat will also grow and become more red in color.
- Here is one of the females. The Chow should have a large head with a broad, flat skull, a short, deep muzzle, and very expressive eyes – hard to resist this face!
- This photo was taken when they were exactly 10-weeks old. They are all so alert. The one in front is the male that has now joined my family at Cantitoe Corners. I have named him Emperor Han.
- The Chow Chow is an ancient breed of northern Chinese origin. As an all-purpose dog of China, it was used for hunting, herding, pulling and protection.
- Bete Noire, Creme Brulee and Qin are all eager to meet the little ones. Qin is also a red Chow. She is Han’s half sister.
- We brought Han down to show him the stable offices. Here he is resting after his walk.
- Many dogs, especially puppies, like to lie down with their legs stretched out behind them like frogs – the cool tiled floor must feel refreshing on Han’s belly. Does your dog do this?
- Here is Han exploring the courtyard. He is the grandson of my dear late G.K. Can you see any resemblance?
- The Chow has a lovely thick mane, with small rounded ears, giving it the appearance of a lion when all grown up.
- Chows are known to be serious minded, dignified and very bright. At such a tender young age, everything is new to Han. He must be watched carefully, so he doesn’t get into any mischief.
- Chow Chows tend to have independent spirits – some would call them even catlike. They are also very loyal companions, and love to be with their families. I can’t wait to see Han with my grandchildren.
- Here are Qin and Creme Brulee watching all the activity on the farm from the kitchen door.
- Bete Noire is already taking a nap after he stroll.
- We took Han out to the fenced in pool area and let him run on the flat grassy field – he was not sure what to think of the giant pink ball.
- He chased it for awhile.
- And then returned to the shade.
- According to the breed’s standard, Chows should be sturdy and squarely built. Its body should be compact, and heavy boned.
- Han seemed more curious about the grass and bugs. There are two types of coat on a Chow Chow – rough and smooth. Both are double coated. This is a rough coated Chow. The outer coat is abundant, dense, and straight. The undercoat is soft and woolly. On a puppy, the coat is soft, thick and just woolly overall.
- What is most unique and distinctive of a true Chow Chow is its blue-black tongue.
- Emperor Han – you are so very handsome. Welcome to the farm.