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  • Dogs with Black Tongues
    By on February 18th, 2013 | No Comments Comments

    Black spots on your dogs tongue are simply birthmarks making him extra unique!

    The Chow Chow is well renowned for it’s unique blue/black tongue. The Chow Chow is one of the most ancient breeds and many breeds today originate from it. However we still don’t know the true reason of how and why the Chow Chow has this blue/black tongue feature. The Chinese Shar-Pei also shares this feature as well as some other animals such as the Polar Bear, Giraffe and some breeds of cattle.
    Chow Chows are born with pink tongues and this darkens to blue/black by the age of 8-10 weeks old, some tongues don’t completely darken and may still have spots of pink on them.
    It is often misunderstood that if a cross bred dog has spots of black on it that it must mean it is a chow mix. This is untrue there are up to 30 pure breeds which are known to have spotted tongues. Spots on tongues are like freckles and birthmarks on people – simply areas of extra pigment. These can also be found on the skin too hiding under their coats.

  • Crufts 2013
    By on February 13th, 2013 | No Comments Comments

    For all of you Crufts lovers out there, Crufts 2013 will take place between March 7th and March 10th 2013 at The NEC Birmingham tickets are available now at their website.

    Crufts – The biggest and best celebration of dogs! A tail-wagging, fact finding, show stopping, un’fur’gettable family day out… It’s more than a dog show. Come and Play!

    Shopping Heaven – over 400 stands with special treats and offers
    Fun in the Arena – this year’s programme is jam packed with agility, flyball, displays and new for 2013 the Scruffts final and Crufts Factor!
    Discover Dogs – come and meet, greet and discover over 200 breeds.
    Best in Show – over 22,000 dogs striving for the title of Crufts Best in Show 2013
    What’s on at the world greatest dog show?
    Thursday 7 March – Terrier & Hound
    Friday 8 March – Toy & Utility
    Saturday 9 March – Gundog
    Sunday 10 March – Working & Pastoral
    It’s all happening on the 7-10 March

    Crufts 2012 Best in Show Winner:  Lhasa Apso, Ch Zentarr Elizabeth

    Reserve Place went to the Newfoundland Champion King of Helluland Feel the Win

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    Dogs.info Loves the Newfoundland Bear Hug!!!

  • Chow Chow Breed Profile
    By on February 12th, 2013 | No Comments Comments

    A little more information on the Chow Chow Dog breed.

    Size: 46 – 56cm /18-22 inches, Weight : 19 / 32 kg / 40 /70 lbs
    Lifespan: 11 – 12 Years
    Group: Utility / Non Sporting Group
    General Appearance: Coat either rough or smooth. Rough coats are profuse and stand-off. Smooth coats are short and up-satnding. Colour is usually solid and includes black, red, blue, fawn, cream or white.
    Character: Loyal yet aloof.
    Pet suitability: An excellent guard dog but strong minded. Not good with children.
    More Info: Once reared for human consumption throughout Mongolia and Manchuria, the chow chow is the Chinese version of the spitz type of dog with a lion-like appearance. The first chow chows to reach the western world arrived back with the explorers of the Dutch East Indies in the 18th century, although the breed did not become firmly established in the west until the early 20th century. The chow chow has a unique bluish – black tongue and lining of its mouth a well known distinctive feature of this dog breed.