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Painting - Oil On Board
An oil painting of my last dog, as a pup.... a Chow Chow mix. He was a great dog, loved to play, and would have given his life to protect me.
Chow Chow is a type of breed originally from China, where it's name means puffy-lion dog. The bread is know for a very dense double coat. The coat may be red, black, blue,cinnamon/fawn or cream.
The breed is distinguished by it's unusual blue-black/purple tongue and very straight hind legs. One other distinctive feature is the curly tail. It has thick hair and lies curled on its back. The blue-black/purple tongue gene appears to be dominant, as almost all mixed breed dogs that come from a Chow Chow retain the tongue color.
Most commonly kept as pets, Chow Chows tend to display discernment of strangers and can bedome fiercely protective of their owners and property.
Recent DNA anaylis confirm that this breed is one of the oldest dog breeds. Research indicates it is one of the first primitive breeds to evolve from the gray wolf.
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January 26th, 2012
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