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    That's interesting. I knew Chow Chow's had a reputation for being reserved. I did not know about the aggression. Maybe a cross Chow Chow would be better. I just saw a few Retriever/Chow puppies that looked really nice.

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    The breed was developed to guard palaces and temples. Aggression and territoriality were desired characteristics selectively bred into the Chow.
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    That was my understanding. The problem is that they have a certain "cute" look to them, which makes people want them without studying their history.
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    I had a chow/spitz mix who was a wonderful dog. She never had a problem with kids (was actually really tolerant of them) or bigger dogs (got along great with the neighbors' doberman and the golden who lived down the street), although she was not particularly patient with similar-sized or smaller dogs (not immediately aggressive but she would snap at them if they hung around too long). She was very protective of the family and our home, but was trained well enough to know that when we told her to stop barking at a guest/stranger, she would do it. The one thing that we never could control was her killer instinct toward rodents of all kinds. My mom puts out bird seed, and the dog would happily watch the birds come and go, but the squirrels, rabbits, muskrats, moles, mice etc. that were attracted by the food... those things were all "exterminate on sight." She was like the Terminator when it came to rodents.
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    Any dog can be a "good dog." Any dog can be a "bad dog." Any dog can be sweet. Any dog can bite. It's mostly a matter of upbringing and training and environment. But different breeds, particularly pure breds, have decided behavioral tendencies and physical characteristics that you should consider when picking a pet. A pit bull can be sweet and gentle, but if it goes bad for whatever reason -- or for no apparent reason -- it's a greater danger than other breeds because of the extraordinary power of its bite. Chows can be wonderful pets, I'm sure, but there are no guarantees the it comes to dogs. Better to select a breed that is more likely to be a "good dog" and less likely to be a problem if it isn't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FryBoy View Post
    Any dog can be a "good dog." Any dog can be a "bad dog." Any dog can be sweet. Any dog can bite. It's mostly a matter of upbringing and training and environment. But different breeds, particularly pure breds, have decided behavioral tendencies and physical characteristics that you should consider when picking a pet. A pit bull can be sweet and gentle, but if it goes bad for whatever reason -- or for no apparent reason -- it's a greater danger than other breeds because of the extraordinary power of its bite. Chows can be wonderful pets, I'm sure, but there are no guarantees the it comes to dogs. Better to select a breed that is more likely to be a "good dog" and less likely to be a problem if it isn't.



    very good point.....i was cornered by a golden retriever when i was a kid....i thought i was gonna get killed....luckily the owner finally got him to calm down somehow.....ryan


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    Yeah, the truth is, you have to fulfill the dog's needs. This is true with any dog. Just because a miniature pinscher's bite is mostly harmless doesn't mean they can't be savage, scared, aggressive dogs.

    One of the things I agree with Ceasar Millan about is that you have to fulfill the dog's needs in this order: Animal->Species->Breed->Name. My dog is an animal, so I treat him accordingly--He is not a child, or a person. He is a domesticated dog, and needs to walk, have structure, eat a dog's diet and have things to chew and hunt. He is a Norwich Terrier, so he wants to pursue and kill vermin, needs very strict walks, has a short attention span, is clever in his mischief, and not very dominant. He is then Rusty, and he smells like a hound and is one of the horniest dogs around, likes bigger, more dominant dogs, and is pretty much incapable of rough play with humans without becoming afraid.

    Every dog is like this, but there are some breeds that, in my opinion will not have their breed needs fulfilled in a reasonable manner. Case in point: Chows(too obscure), huskies(unless you have a snow sled), Pit Bulls(face it--bred to fight other dogs), Dobermans(bred to defend people), Min Pins(a sad breeding casualty), Dachshunds(unless you have a badger problem), etc.

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    As a cyclist, one of the things that will really spike my heart rate is the sight of an off-leash Chow....

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