now living, his light coloured eyes being his only defect. With many judges, however, this dog's black coat handicaps him sadly in competition with his red brethren. Chow
is considered the best and most typical dog ever benched, notwithstanding his somewhat round eyes. Almond eyes are of course correct in Chinamen. Ch. Red Craze owns the head which is perfect with the correct ear-carriage and broad muzzle, and the scowl and characteristic expression of a good Chow.
Dark red is the accepted colour of the Chow. Modern judges will not look twice at a light or parti-coloured dog, and it is to be feared that if even Ch. Chow VIII. could revisit the scenes of his bygone triumphs, his beautiful light markings would prove a fatal bar to his success. The judges would be quite wrong, but if you want a dog for show you must be sure to get a good whole-coloured dark red. If, on the other hand, you have a Chow as a companion and friend, do not be at all troubled if his ruff, yoke, culottes and tail are white or creamcoloured. These are natural, correct and typical marks, though present-day fanciers are trying to " improve " them away.
A list of points as drawn up by the Chow Chow Club some years ago is added. The points are fairly right, but the tongue of a live Chow is never black. It should be blue, such a colour as might result from a diet of bilberries.
POINTS OF THE CHOW CHOW : Head-Skull flat and broad, with little stop, well filled out under the eyes. Muzzle-Moderate in length, and broad from the eyes to the point (not pointed at the end like a fox). Nose-Black, large and wide. (In cream or light-coloured specimens, a pink nose is allowable.) Tongue-Black. Eyes-Dark and small. (In a blue dog light colour is permissible.) Ears-Small, pointed, and carried stiffly erect. They should be placed well forward over the eyes, which gives the dog the peculiar characteristic expression of the breed-viz., a sort of scowl. Teeth-Strong and level. Neck-Strong, full, set well on the shoulders, and slightly arched. Shoulders-Muscular and sloping. Chest-Broad and deep. BackShort, straight, and strong. Loins-Powerful. Tail-Curled tightly over the back. Fore-legs-Perfectly straight, of moderate length, and with great bone. Hind-legs-Same as fore-legs, muscular and with hocks well let down. Feet-Small, round and catlike, standing well on the toes. Coat-Abundant, dense, straight, and rather coarse in texture, with a soft woolly undercoat. Colour-Whole-coloured black, red, yellow, blue, white, etc., not in patches (the under part of tail and back