The Chow Chow name is probably descended from the designation of the ship's crew when their cargo was introduced in the consignment notes. When they got curiosities and spices from China to Europe in the 1700, this stood for Chow Chow. The Chinese people called ginger “Tjau Tjau” and usually there were ship-dogs from Canton and they were called the exact same – in other words: The ships brought Chow Chows with them. The Chinese people also used other names on the Chow Chows, names like “Long Kou” (wolf dog), “Hsiung Kou” (bear dog) or “Hei She–tou” (black tongue).

It is not very likely that the Chow Chows were used as food in China. It belonged to the distinguished people and it was most likely street dogs that were eaten.

In the 1700 the Chow Chow came to England with the Ship's crew. Other breeds has spread from country to country the same way but it has primarily been the English people who took dogs with them from the colonies.

England has been the so-called dog country of all countries. In the rule of Queen Victoria the English people started to arrange dog shows in London. It is said that Queen Victoria was given a Chow Chow and that Chow Chow was on a dog show in 1880.

Queen Victoria had different breeds and this has helped the respective breeds to get a good start in this country of breeding. These first special clubs made for Chow Chows were founded in the 80ies.

In 1899 Countess Elisabeth Moltke imported the first Chow Chow from England but their were no breed in Denmark before in the 40ies.

The English Chow Chow club was established in 1895, and the Danish Chow Chow club was established in 1972.

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