The Chow Chow originates from ancient northern China and their name means food. They were originally bred to be hunters and today are well known for their blue-black tongue and adorable fuzzy lion-look due to the pronounced ruff around their neck. Chows are medium to large sized and are various colors but mostly a fawn color with a dense coat that may need professional care. They can be aloof, dignified, independent and proud with high intelligence. They make loyal companions and good guard dogs, especially for an experienced adult dog owner who knows how to show them who the boss is early on and who will give their Chow regular exercise.