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    CHow Chow Dogs?

    Anyone have any experience with\own one. I've only had golden retrievers in the past, and thinking about buying one.

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    I had a chow/lab mix. I'm a house dog person. If I can't keep the dog in the house with me, to be with me all the time, why bother with a dog. With that said, that dog was the worst shedding dog I have ever had, including my golden retriever, which I had at the same time. So if your golden is a house dog, then you're aware of the shedding and just think of the chow as three times worse.

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    I'm not a fan of chow chows. I've never owned one, but I've been around more than a few, and they are really hit-and-miss genetically. A "purebred" chow is a little silly, because they were originally developed as a foodstock, so they are meaty and have lots of fur to harvest, but they don't have very specific breed drives, and can be a little nutty.

    That said, dogs are dogs before anything else, so it's really nitpicking IMO.

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    My daughter had a Chow mix. Very aggressive toward other dogs. Not a great reputation with kids or strangers. I'd do a lot more research before picking a Chow.
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    Chows are one of the worse dogs to have around kids including neighbor kids. They are very territorial. Pretty much the opposite of a Golden retriever. If I had the energy and time, I would get a vizla. Beautiful and friendly but very energetic.
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    I just had to give away my lab-chow mix. It was not good with kids or small dogs, though it could be a sweet dog. However, it was always a neurotic obsessive compulsive sweet. I took the dog through training and she got a lot better, but even the trainer said he didn't like training chows in groups because you always had to watch them with other dogs. Anyhow, after having a baby, she became more territorial and would trap my other dog in parts of the house and eventually mauled the smaller dog. That was not a fun time. I'd avoid a chow, but if you get one I would definitely recommend a good training course.

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    Ok...my sister has two chows, a mini poodle, several cats, snakes, a pigmy hedgehog & 3 kids. All rescues. Well, not the kids. Anyway, they all get along quite well, even when I bring my dog for a visit. Go figure. Her chows are so laid back you have to poke 'em to make sure they're still alive.
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    Chows don't seem to be predictable, from my experience. Out of all the dogs I've had, my Chesapeake Bay Retriever was the most loyal, maybe even neurotically so.
    Tom Gray, Seagrove, NC

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    I have to put in a plug for my favorite: Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Not the American Staffordshire, mind you, but the English version. In the UK they are known as the nursemaids dog because they are so good with children!
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    Well, I'm going to add to what I said about shedding. I ending up putting the dog down. I first started having problems with my neighbor's daughter helping me with my garden. She wanted to push my wheel borrow back to the house and the dog wanted to nip at her hands. Within a week or so he, the chow mix, got a little more aggressive with her. The next thing I knew he would get what I'd call those "Cujo eyes" when I needed to disciple him. My biggest concern was the safety of my neighbor's child and I knew this dog had issues beyond my training skills. I am in no way saying that Chow or Chow mix dogs are problems, but with my limited experience, there are plenty of other dogs that are family oriented that would make a better pet.

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