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Santa our 1.1/2yr male chow chow

DSCF228618months later, Santa still sleeps in  the same manner. He is now more obedient. However he has  the typical  Chow chow  stubborn character.Has an  extrovert character, love to play with any dogs big or small. Very family with people and dogs Except cats. Anyone can pat him on the head and he seems to love it. This very friendly characteristic makes him an exception rather than the norm. Chow chow by nature is reserve and a loner. Off all the commands “EAT EAT”  is the only command that he responds spontaneously.
The only  phobia he has is the vehicle with a running engine. He will give a wide berth when approaching a vehicle when the engine is still running. I am glad he developed this phobia , his life  will be safer. He is immune to sound from vacuum cleaner and  fire works. The large sound from a whistle will makes him cock  this head to one side, indicating his curiosity.

He uses Teddy our 4yr female chow chow as a role model. When unleashed he follows Teddy very tightly. I have found on numerous occasions,  that If bring him alone for a walk without Teddy he seem to be at a lost. When it is meal time, he will wait in front of his meal bowl  and wait for Teddy to approach her meal bowl. He never steal  any of teddy’s meal. This pecking order was not taught by me, he understands  his position in the family. I like his behaviour when  Teddy at times steal his favourite toy, there is no fight, he will slowly claw towards teddy with a low body posture and wait until teddy lost interest with the toy, and we will slow approach and carry the toy back to his favourite corner.    He is weighing as much as teddy, and yet  he respect  Teddy and in this canine mind Teddy is his elder sister.



Santa gets alone very well with our 4yr old Female Teddy. He eats , sleeps and play together.

Teddy is a typical chow, she does not like to play with other dogs, and will not allow any stranger to pat him. If  visitors comes to our house, she will allows it only after the  visitor  sit down and start to converse with us. She will allows visitors to come through the door after greeting from us .
Santa after a few barks, will quite down, when he senses  that the stranger at the door is an invitee.

Same breed but totally difference in character and temperament.

P1040019Santa has passed his naughty teen age. He is now a 20 months adult. I have come to a conclusion that my two chow chows is pole apart in character and temperament.

Teddy our 4 years old female has a layback character, highly sensitive to our mood, she can sense when we are happy or angry. Taking her for a walk is like walking with an old lady, very slow pace and she pays no attention to passer-by or dogs. Process the typical chow chow aloft character, does not like to mix with other dogs.

Highly protective of her master, She had exhibits this behaviour twice. Once when a stray runs towards me, I was pleasantly surprised that she cut in path of the oncoming dog and growl and started to attack the stray. Her aggressiveness makes the stray stop immediately and turned back with his tail between the legs. The 2nd incident happened when I got puss off with a salesman who tried to push his ware when I was taking Teddy for a walk. When I raised my voice to say NO means no, this high pitch tone makes her jerk up and tried to pounce on to the sales person, lucky she was on a leash, the sales person had quite a shock without any bodily harm. After this incident I advised my wife to be carefully when walking Teddy.
She has all the patients in the world, she does not bark when she is in need of something. When she licks my legs I know that she needs to goes out to piss. If I cannot attend to it immediately, asking her to wait, she will obey quietly by sitting down, to wait for me to finish what I am going.

Santa’s temperament is total difference to that of Teddy. He will bark when the water is empty or when he cannot reach his favourite toy. He does not know how to relax, he consumed this food at twice Teddy ‘s speed.
A super friendly dogs, the moment he sees a dog pass by, zoom he will runs towards the dog and tried to be friendly and exhibits the doggie pay mode with his body arch low.

Protectiveness: well he has not shown any sense of being a protector, playing and wondering during walk is his favourite. Walking on heel only if there is no dog around. Any sight of a dog he will get all excited.

Playfulness—he far from a layback, observing him chasing the ball and dripping it between his pawls is like watching a football match. He can runs at full speed and comes to a halt instantly. This ability to stop instantly prevented flower pots and other household items being knock over.

Highly impatient – If he needs to go out for a piss, the word wait is not in this vocabulary. He will rush towards the door and turn his head to see if anyone is opening the door for him. If none of us make an attempt to open the door, he will bark until the door is open. The only good point is his quickie piss, out he does lift his legs and in less than a minute he rushes back into the house.

Teddy and Santa have only 3 things in common.

· Love car ride. If the back passenger door is open longer than necessary, they will not hesitate to jump in, once in the car, trying to get them out is a tug of war.

· Chasing after cats, squirrels and birds.—give no quarters.

· Sleeping in my bed room.—this is a must, as far as they are concern.

Conclusion: having them in our house hold is a pleasure. Incident can happen without effort.
Observing them is a like viewing through a magician’s mirror. There is no predictability.