Hello. My name is Cathy and I have been showing chows in conformation and obedience for well over twenty years. I currently have three black smooth champion chows, which hopefully are pictured here with my entry.
From left to right, they are Ch FlamingStar Simply The Best, OFA (Tina), Ch Sitze-Gou's RSVP in Glazz, CDX, OFA (Zorro), and Ch FlamingStar Unforgettable, OFA (Natalie).
Tina just turned four, Natalie is about to turn six, and Zorro is eleven. Zorro is the sire of Natalie, who in turn is the mother of Tina. I also have a red smooth puppy out of Tina that I'm waiting to see how he turns out. He is almost 4 months old. I don't have any pictures of him yet.
For those who may not be familiar with them, the smooth coat chow has always been around, just not as popular as the rough. They were the predominant coat type in China, but the British brought back the roughs because they were more exotic looking. I had the rough coat up until I got Zorro eleven years ago. I have carpal tunnel and could no longer properly take care of the rough coats. While the smooths are not wash & wear, they are considerably easier to deal with. They still have a double, offstanding coat, but it is only 1-2 inches long with no feathering, mane, etc.
Anyway, I have a great deal of experience with the breed. I guess I enjoy them because not only are the quiet and cat-like, they are stubborn and a challenge. They won't do something just to make you happy like so many of the breeds used most commonly in obedience. Instead, you have to find a reason for them to want to do it. I've had anywhere from one to eight at anyone time since I acquired my first, and can't imagine not having them.
Oh, and by the way, if any of you happen to be InuYasha fans like I am, I write under the name doggieearlover (hence my id here).