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Judging of the Chow Chow

 

These pages are included in judges training schemes around the world. The calibre of information presented serve as a guide to both judges and breeders internationally, in the interest of preserving of the Chow Chow as a breed for future generations.

The Chow Chow breed thanks all serious breeders and judges for their time & dedication.

 

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Articles meriting serious consideration - judge the chow chow

Internationally respected Specialist judges and mentors of the Chow Chow provide the important view of breed defining characteristics.
Photos & illustrations submitted by the authors as visual aids.

 

View the VideoNEW!!! VERY IMPORTANT JUDGES' GUIDE:

According to every breed standard internationally,
the Chow Chow’s unique pendulum swing (stilted gait) is as important as the blue tongue and “oriental” scowl. 
Overall balance of correct front and rear angles results in full extension producing the characteristic swinging gait.
Yet internationally this gait, a historic hallmark of Chow Chow breed type,
is not found in the majority of today’s Chow Chows.
Out of very deep concern, the Chow Chow Club Inc is pleased to present this VIDEO,
compiled by breed mentors/judges, with the intention of guiding fellow judges in their evaluation.
Please study it and help our Chow Chows regain, and improve, this required element of true Chow Chow Type.

VIDEO: THE CHOW CHOW'S UNIQUE PENDULUM GAIT
INDEPTH EXPLANATION & EVALUATION GUIDE


(Several educational items available here by Chow Chow Club Inc, USA (CCCInc Website)

 

"What you see is what you get"
Judging of the smooth chow chow

by Gillian Claxton, UK (Chow Chow Africa Website)

Judging of the chow chow -
a positive approach

by Linda (Love) Banghart, USA (Chow Chow Africa Website)

The Problem of Balance in the Chow Chow

by Dr Samuel Draper, USA (Chow Chow Africa Website)

Judging of the chow chow

by Diana Phillips, UK (Chow Chow Africa Website)

Judging of the chow chow

by Mona Selbach, Norway (Chow Chow Africa Website)

Judging of the chow chow

Dr Jo Anne O'Brien DVM, USA (Wine Country Chow Chow Assn Website)

The Complete Chow Chow

by Dr Samuel Draper, USA (Chow Chow Africa Website)

 

Additional indepth articles meriting indepth study by the serious breeder and judge of chow chows

 

Chow Chow Pigmentation

by Bernice Leroy, SA (Chow Chow Africa Website)

Anatomy and the Chow

Miss Joan O Joshua MRCVS, UK (Chow Life Website)

chow chow Type

Dr Jo Anne O'Brien DVM, USA (Wine Country Chow Chow Assn Website)

Retaining stilted / pendulum gait -
A different angle

by Bernice Leroy, SA (Chow Chow Africa Website)

The Judges' favorites

by Dogs In Review Magazine (04/99), USA (of Zorro's Dynasty Website)

Angulation in the Chow Chow

Dr Jo Anne O'Brien DVM, USA (Wine Country Chow Chow Assn Website)

Anatomy - the chest

Dr Jo Anne O'Brien DVM, USA (Wine Country Chow Chow Assn Website)

Balance and Gait

Dr Jo Anne O'Brien DVM, USA (Wine Country Chow Chow Assn Website)

Measuring of the Chow Chow

by Jeff Sedillos, USA (Paramount Website - 1.04MB Powerpoint Download)

The Role of the Judge in the Selection Process

by Patricia V Trotter, USA (AKC Website)

Preferred Breed Type
Why The Stand-out Best dog can Be A Loser

on The DogPlace Website

The Reasons why Breeds Change

by Andrew H Brace

'Chow VIII', 1903

Learn about the Chow Chow's rich history on the Chow Chow Archives - www.chowtales.com
This will help you understand their need for functional structure and moderate type.

Chow Chow Archivees

Compare breed standards around the world...

KUSA (Southern Africa) chow chow Breed Standard

Illustrated AKC (USA) chow chow Breed Standard

AKC (USA) chow chow Breed Standard

FCI chow chow Breed Standard

The Kennel Club (UK) Chow Chow Breed STandard

Australian NKC chow chow Breed Standard

CKC (Canada) chow chow Breed Standard

New Zealand KC chow chow Breed Standard

UKC (USA) chow chow Breed Standard

We originated the idea of a series of high calibre articles in one place for easy access to assist the serious enthusiast late 2004. It was featured in the Chow Chow Club of Gauteng Newsletter and included on this site from 2005.

Before judging at SA shows, take time to peruse the KUSA Breed Standard and compare it to other Breed Standards internationally. Be sure to understand the KUSA rules & regulations that exhibitors will have agreed to exhibit under. On the KUSA website find it under: Documents: Constitution, Articles, Regulations: Regulations for Championship Shows.