Wordless Wednesday 8: Two Chows and a Newf

This edition of Wordless Wednesday features our wonderful house guests over the Labour Day weekend.

This is Kimbo.

This is Homer.

Homer and Moses actually go way back to 2008, as dog school classmates.

Homer and Moses, Fall 2008

Kimbo is a new addition, and probably one of the calmest, cutest puppies I’ve ever met.

Hangin’ out.

Moses was pretty happy to have some company.

Hey, what’s that you have there?

Mind if I….

… Yeah, you don’t mind.

I tried to take a couple of group shots.

They weren’t really working with me at first.

There we go.

Ha! Something delicious in the air?

I was pretty happy to have our canine guests, too, since it’s been a while since I’ve been on a nice, long dog walk, and it’s still a couple of weeks until we start easing Moses back into it.

A nice evening walk with a couple of Chows.

And it wasn’t until my last walk of the weekend with these guys that a neighbour’s breed profiling brought in the startling reminder that Chow Chows are often considered a “bully breed”. ย I had literally forgotten and was surprised – his comments took me completely off guard.

Sadly, even Wikipedia says Chows have “aggression towards strangers or other animals”. ย There are at least three municipalities in the U.S. that have Chows listed as a banned breed. ย And I don’t think I really need to go into the long list of things that are wrong with BSL.

Just looking at Homer and Kimbo, and trying to reconcile them with this vicious breed stereotype left me dumbfounded.

Oh yeah, a real menace to society.

About ThatJenK
Writing from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. 90% pictures of my dogs; 10% miscellaneous opinions nobody asked for.

16 Responses to Wordless Wednesday 8: Two Chows and a Newf

  1. 2browndawgs says:

    Oh my lots of fluffy cuteness. The posed pictures of the three dogs are wonderful. Moses looks like he is really doing well! ๐Ÿ™‚

    My father was attacked by a Chow as a child. It was pretty vicious and he ended up in the hospital. That would have been in the dark ages of the 1930’s. I am sure it is like any dog, (even mixed breed dogs). There are many many friendly ones, but every once in a while…

    • thatjenk says:

      Moses is doing well, and even mustered up some energy to play with Kimbo (I have photos of that, too, but had to restrain myself). The two of them were hilarious together, and both prefer lazy, low-energy play.

      There’s not a mean bone in either Homer or Kimbo’s bodies, but like you said, with every breed, there are always a couple poorly trained/socialized dogs out there who can cause a bad rep.

  2. Jen says:

    They are so cute! Is Kimbo grey? i have never seen a grey before and he is beautiful! I Love the picture of them sniffing the air! that is great!
    I have to say that Chows are one of the breeds that we “proceed with caution” with at the vet. Most of the ones that we see have some type of aggression, but we do see a few that are as sweet as can be.
    Kimba and Homer look like they are great examples of the breed! Love them!

    • thatjenk says:

      They are perfect examples and ambassadors for the breed, for sure. They’re both great with people and other dogs, and were very well-mannered around our cats, as well. They would give a couple of warning barks when someone came to the door, but it was short, and I don’t necessarily see that as a bad thing.

      I think with any dog, it boils down to the owner and what kind of training, socialisation and other exposure/experiences the dogs are given. There is a Chow in our neighbourhood that never leaves the back yard and is certifiably insane. Many neighbours have healed puncture marks from when he’s escaped. He (well, mostly his owners) is definitely not doing other Chows any favours.

  3. Bundles of fluff! Fluffiness! Flufflitude! Fluffarama!

    People often think there’s chow in Our Best Friend because of the tail (I think). Whatever. I never knew a chow is considered a “bully breed,” but to be honest the few I met weren’t friendly. Not vicious, mind you– just stand-offish. And I’m a slobber-me-with-loves-golden-retriever kind of girl. But BSL is just… never mind.

    • thatjenk says:

      Haha. Oh man, it was cuteness overload all weekend with these guys and Mo!

      I can see how they’d get the reputation as a bit stand-offish. They do take a little while to fully warm up to strange people, but once they do, watch out – they own your heart after that!

  4. yuki the dog says:

    i was very shocked recently when i read that they are considered ‘bully’ breeds…maybe it was a shock because they look so cute and fluffy? i dont know i believe it has mostly to due with the owner more than the dog in most cases.

    • thatjenk says:

      I completely agree. The reputation given to most bully breeds is due to poor owners of a select few and media hype of any incidents involving them. If a Golden Retriever bites someone, it doesn’t make headlines.

  5. these pix are GREAT! so much fluff!

    i seriously cannot understand BSL or people who discriminate against breeds on their own, in general. i feel like these folks aren’t real “dog people” or even “animal people” and, likely, they’re stubborn about a lot of other things, too. no matter what breed of dog a person has, the dog’s personality and demeanor are so much affected by its humans and its environment. whenever i come across a poorly behaved or maladjusted dog, i mentally blame the owners before blaming the dog–and i’m very well aware that my own dog’s issues and quirks are not going to just solve themselves. to assume a dog is going to be vicious or some sort of problem based on its looks is just heartbreaking.

  6. Oskar says:

    They are all beautiful dogs! We have BSL in the county that I live in & I hate it.

    Nubbin wiggles,

  7. Leah says:

    Hello! My name is Leah and I have the hounour of owning these 2 little “bullies”. I hear the stereotype quite often and see it as my mission to set people straight… so thanks for the help Jen! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I truly believe that there are only bad owners, not bad dogs. It sucks how “bad owners” are often attracted to the “bully breeds” … media attention, marketing and the intimidation factor, etc. all play a part in the attraction I am guessing? They buy the “tough dog” and then walk it once a week… parading them up and down 17th Avenue – NOT COOL. Dogs are a lot of work and these irresponsible dog owners create the negative stereotypes that hurt the reputations of wonderful breeds like chows.

    BSL is not going to fix this problem…someone needs to start screening dog owners!

    • How do you get anything done with all the cuteness around your house? ๐Ÿ™‚

      I didn’t know that Chows were considered a bully breed, as all the ones I’ve ever met have been absolutely lovely. I certainly think that dog behavioural problems have a lot to do with the owner than anything else.

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