I am wondering why this 5 year old mix will never lick your face or jump up on us. Don't get me wrong. I am happy she doesn't but I was wondering if it was nature or nurture. I get the impression she was very well trained. If so, why the blazes did she end up in the pound. She was the only dog NOT barking in a very full population of rows of dogs at the pound. She appeared to have a look like she was above it all, barking is for babies. I am curious. Maybe this is the Chow in her? A very well behaved dog. Cares nothing for our cats...ignores them. Seems almost polite. She seems to have been in some work. There are chores she does for our disabled son without him asking. Amazing.
First of all, congratulations on rescuing this dog. If you read up on Chow history, you will find that they really did'nt come from a very nice ancient history, and in fact were used as food. The traits you are describing are very Chow-like. I'm so glad she has a nice home, and it sounds like she is also a great help to your son.
Congrats, and thank you for rescuing a Chow/Mix! I have had 3 Chows, and the behavior you are describing is very Chow like. Chow's that are trained, do not care to jump on people, and have almost a 'cat' like attitude, by that I mean they can take it or leave it. They are very personable if trained properly and make wonderful companions. My Chows have never cared for cats, but if they are raised with cats they do well with them. I agree, read up on Chows, or join a Chow website like this one, and you'll learn a lot. There seem to be a lot of Chow/Lab mixes out there for adoption, Labs are great dogs, in my opinion. Sounds like you are seeing more of the Chow personality in your mix. Hard to say why it ended up in a rescue, some people just don't take responsiblity, or have circumstances beyond thier control, death if the family, have to move and can't take the dog. Glad you are having a positive experience. I love Chows, they will gaurd your home, but open thier paws to those you allow in it. There is a Chow website I go to, and there is a member there that lives in Alaska. Her Chow Chow has been trained to be a service dog! I'm so glad your dog is helpful with your son.
I love my newly adopted lab/chow mix. I saved him on a four laned hwy and brought him home called the shelter to come pick him up because that is the first place a person looks for the dog. The owner did find him but had to surrender him. I went to go visit and put my name on the list after checking the shelter daily and the same day i went there the owner gave him up so i got to adopt. He is 5 years old and loves me to death. great with my children but follows me everywhere. he dosen't bark much or lick. i have to bark at him to get him to bark. he is very quiet. he does seem to have dandruff though i was wondering if anyone had suggestions?
I love my lab chow. His name is Barney like Barney rubble and it fits him to a t. would highly reccomend one to anyone. a friend found him in the woods as a stray and knew we were looking to get a dog. he is sweet as can be and the cat attitude is so true. but when you pay him attention he is all for it. we've had him for 4 yrs now and just got a kitten a month ago and he loves to play with him. its so cute this bear of and dog and little kitten playing is hilarious to watch. barney is just so gentle almost dantey. I love him Think we might get another lab chow when we buy a new house. cant wait.