A Crime against Canine History….Preserve our ancient Chow

Hello my dear friends.  As many of you who are on my Worldchow Forum already are aware of, we as Chowists have an immense challenge thrust upon us just as our Holiday week begins.
OUR HOMEBRED DEREK WITH A STRONG STRAIGHT REAR

OUR HOMEBRED DEREK WITH A STRONG STRAIGHT REAR

For those not in the loop on the situation…in the  UK, the Chow, along with a number of very old breeds are at the center of a movement to alter long standing  breed descriptions  (we call them “Standards”), which will forever remove certain characteristics from these breeds that have for centuries made them unique in the canine world.

For the Chow this includes his signature STILTED GAIT which historically has been sound and athletic with incredible endurance. He has been our guardian, hunter and companion for centuries

I don’t want to repeat what I already have written on my forum  so I would like to invite you to read more at WORLD CHOW and please we urge you to sign the petition there if you agree.

At the Golden Palace in Bangkok,Thailand

THE ANCIENT CHOW MAY VERY WELL HAVE BEEN A MODEL FOR THE SACRED FOO DOG

What I  would like to say here as a writer, blogging to a varied audience of jewelry designers, travelers, and animal lovers….. are just my recent thoughts on the matter which are certainly on the passionate end of the spectrum.

STREET DOGS IN ASIA WITH STRAIGHT REAR/BLUE TONGUE

STREET DOGS IN ASIA WITH STRAIGHT REAR/BLUE TONGUE

This thing has kept me up nights and I needed to think through why I am so driven  about preventing these changes from forever altering the Chow……rendering it just another spitz without its unique and characteristic pendulum like stride.  I had a light bulb moment at 4:00 AM and figured out why I am bothered SO MUCH by this topic.

I am an avid history buff…I adore travel , museums, and  antiques..when Steve and I visit ancient cities I can literally feel the presence of the beautiful people and civilizations of centuries past and imagine their lives and loves.  These incredible treasures are there for our enjoyment because of the efforts of “Historical Societies” and museums that are dedicated to preserving , promoting and protecting the irreplaceable treasures that belong to the people….the community.

It makes me wonder what James Smithson who was the founder of our Smithsonian Institution would have said had he seen the irreversible damage that is about to be thrust upon our beloved and ancient Chow breed among many other historical canine relatives.

Lillian and Meg....active agile and alert..both with very straight rear legs

Lillian and Meg....active agile and alert..both with very straight rear legs

Altering the Chows stilted gait is essentially a crime against ancient history. In my opinion it is on the same level as looters removing the beautiful faces of the sandstone Buddhas at the Angkorwatt Temples in Cambodia, or stealing the Mona Lisa.

What is proposed to be changed on our Chow is literally altering an historic icon.  It hurts my heart to see all the care and devotion that thousands of years of breeding and breeders have put into protecting the Chow Standard…literally swiped away by the stroke of a careless pen.

I am so grateful to the International  Chow fancier community for coming together right now during the holidays, when we all would rather be partying and exchanging gifts without a care in the world.  Our deadline for getting this petition signed is December 24th….we have 5 day window to acquire as many signatures as possible

CLICK HERE FOR EASY ACCESS TO THE PETITION..anyone can sign!

IRREPLACABLE...THESE ANCIENT BUDDHA HEADS LITERALLY "DE-FACED"

IRREPLACABLE... ANCIENT BUDDHA HEADS DE-FACED

ONE OF THE FEW BUDDHA FACES LEFT AFTER REPEATED LOOTING

ONE OF THE FEW BUDDHA FACES LEFT AFTER REPEATED LOOTING IN CAMBODIA


http://www.dogguide.net/blog/2007/09/most-ancient-breeds-the-genetics/

QUOTE FROM ABOVE SITE:
In 2004 researchers traced the genetic footprints of 85 dog breeds, and identified 14 “ancient” ones – defined by how similar their genomes are to the handful of grey wolves tamed by humans in Asia about 15,000 years ago that gave rise to virtually all modern dogs – 95%. Moreover, researchers report that there were probably just three founding females, called the “Eves” of the dog world.

AFRICAN PAINTED DOG....EXTREMELY ENDANGERED WILD DOG

AFRICAN PAINTED DOG....EXTREMELY ENDANGERED WILD DOG

Of the 14 most ancient breeds, 7 were determined to have the oldest genetic patterns. These are the Chow Chow and Shar Pei from China, the Akita and Shiba Inu from Japan, the Basenji of Africa, the Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute of Alaska.

Comments

  1. Well said, Dear Friend. You could almost say that our beloved Chow Chows are one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the Dog World’!!!!

  2. Appalling stupidity is the first thought that comes to mind, as it seems that nothing is sacred or safe from man’s sometimes insatiable ego!! Thank you for alerting us to this travesty. Nan M

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