The current standard, recognized by the F.C.I. ( Fédération Cynologique Internationale) shows some important differences from the original one. In fact, on the back of a postcard, included in a packet of 10 cigarettes of 1937, you could read : " A dog of Chinese origin of powerful construction. Skull very broad and rather flat with a face of moderate length. The muzzle is pronounced and broad. A black and large nose (for lighter colours a clear nose is permitted). Dark, deep and small eyes, obliquely situated (clear eyes are permitted for the blue). The ears are small and straight, kept like a triangle. His grumpy expression gives that characteristic "scowl". Short neck, very strong and encircled with a huge ruff of fur. The back is short and strong. The fore legs are perpendicularly and of good bone. The hind legs muscularly with straight haunches, small and rounded feet. Fur abundantly, thick and weatherproof, woolly undercoat. Height from 40 to 54 cm (17-21 inches). Weight between 55-60 lbs (25 to 28 kgs). Colour: black, red, fawn, blue, white (but not part-colours). From the differences between the old and the modern standard we notice that in the current one the neck hasn't to be short, while instead for the old standard the neck is short. I do add though that the neck has to be solidly implanted on the shoulders with a clean-off bend (about 60°) but all in a harmonious way. His ideal weight is about 23 to 28 kgs (55 to 60 lbs) according to the sex. Today we see judges who, following the American scheme, pronounce dogs champions with a height and a weight, unjustified and exceedingly superior to the standard.
In this way you can say goodbye to certain characteristics like e.g. "double-hock" his brilliant way of stilted walking. As to his temperament and behaviour, he can variously be described as:- reflective, quiet, noble, impassive and wary. A lot has been and is still being written, and it is good to underline the personality of the Chow. His character is very different from other dogs, and his attitude and personality can best be compared with those of the finest cats.
It always interests me to read or to listen to what others think about the Chow - insiders and outsiders - because the Chow is very versatile and each one can discover something new, while on the contrary it is very difficult that someone can teach him something. He who chooses a Chow, chooses a personality.