Chow Chows of 100 years ago were bred with a medium or short, dense coat and a long, straight muzzle. An ancient Chinese breed, Chows served as a hunting, pointing or birding dogs for nobles.
Today, the Chow is drastically different, with a long, thick and dense coat and, most noticeably, a very short muzzle. Modern Chows have such deep-set eyes that their peripheral vision is greatly reduced. The breed are predisposed to certain musculoskeletal issues including hip and elbow dysplasia, gastric torsion (or bloat), and a variety of genetic eye disorders.
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