Anonymous said: I was jw your opinion if thats ok? I have a love of chow chows, and would love a purebred. But everyone is anti purepred and all that. Is it rlly wrong of me to buy my next chow instead of adopting? "Ur killimg dogs!" "chows r aggressive nd unhealthy!!" :/
I think Chows are a really cool breed (one of my favourites) but they are pretty unhealthy and do tend to be a bit standoffish.
That’s not to say they’re human-aggressive, aggression towards people and dogs is a bit different. Chows, like Siamese cats, usually stick to one or two people and are kind of aloof when it comes to anybody else. This trait was handy in the development of the breed as a guard dog.
Some hereditary issues that Chows are susceptible to are:
- Entropion (eyelids turned in and the eyelashes scratch and damage the eye)
- Hip and elbow dysplasia
- The folds in their face can harbor bacteria and infections
- Patellar luxation (dislocated/sliding kneecap) and just bad legs in general
- Skin irritations and infections (it’s very important when bathing dog breeds with long hair to get them completely dry ASAP or else mold and bacteria can grow on the skin)
- Heart disease
and many more
All of that being said, responsible dog breeders would be able to test for most of these things and even breed away from them. A responsible Chow breeder will be able to tell you if their line has had troubles with cancer or entropion. This is simply not possible to do with shelter dogs.
I believe that shelter dogs deserve homes as much as the next guy, but purchasing a dog from a breeder is not killing shelter dogs, because responsible breeders have homes already picked out for those dogs before they are ever conceived. A responsible breeder takes back puppies who don’t work out with families, and never dumps them off into a shelter.
I think that if you really want a Chow, you should look around for breeders and try to weed out the ones who breed purely for appearance. Look for breeders who put health first and keep away from the breeders who breed dogs whose faces look like they’re caving in on themselves (lol)
Example of a “bad” face (and bad legs, jesus look at those):
Example of a “better” (though not best) face:
This “don’t breed or buy while shelter pets die” nonsense needs to stop. The people who say this need to be yelling at the irresponsible BYB, not the responsible breeders.