|Barked: Fri Oct 5, '12 10:29pm PST |
|In my experience, even terrible abused Chows are not scary. Unlike a dog of another breed that is aggressive, Chows are just too lazy and dignified to go out of their way to attack. I don't know if that makes any sense, lol ... but its just in my experience with rescues. I hate talking about aggression and Chows because they do not go hand in hand. Yes, a Chow might not want a random stranger to hug it (though properly bred it should not object), but they should always tolerate it or give fair warning. In my years of Chow ownership, they are set in their ways and thus predictable. I think that makes them easier in fact to live with and one of the things I love about them. I don't know why they are discriminated against, they are far from dangerous. Although they are excellent watch dogs, it's not in their nature to go out and find a fight. They'd rather be off doing their own thing.
I should emphasize that Chows are gentle and sweet, funny, and amusing when they play ... I could just go on and on about their good qualities because unless you live with them or have a lot of experience with the breed, they can be hard to understand. They love their family so much that its hard for outsiders to appreciate it. My current female doesn't care for strangers to pet her, but she'd let me do anything - she has such a complete trust in the people she loves - another key factor to a chow relationship that is unlike other breeds. But of course, you can find Chows that are social and friendly! My girl did agility back in her day and she is very smart (but not always obedient).
Chows also have a wonderful coat that doesn't smell or shed unless brushed. Some people with dog allergies can even tolerate them! My mother in particular isn't a big dog lover, but she has always loved Chows.... so I can understand where your roommate is coming from. I really recommend them because I've also experienced the other side of breeds - mixes, aussies, and collies in particular. I love my Australian Shepherd (though the opposite of my Chow), but for someone who is young & in the city I would much more recommend a Chow. My Aussies actually came out of Boston and I think he's flourished in the country life. I think Boston is a great place to raise/socialize a pup, but its harder to keep an active adult fully exercised and stimulated...without having to pay a fortune for a dog walker, daycare, etc.
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