Aloof and loyal, these noble dogs are originally from northern China (though some have argued they migrated there from Mongolia and elsewhere). In their native land, they are called Songshi Quan, which means ‘puffy-lion dog’.
It is thought the breed first appeared 2,000 years ago. They were mainly used for hunting and guarding sacred temples from evil entities. The East India Company brought them to England in 1781 and Queen Victoria received one as a gift in 1865. During the 1880s, more and more Chow Chows were imported in large numbers. Today, these puffy lions are the pride of many an owner’s home.