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It is not known what the breed was originally used for. Some reports say they were bird dogs and some reports say that they were killed for their hides and thick fur. We do know that the Imperial Family used them in hunting, but when their hunts ended, the breed almost died out. During Queen Victoria’s reign, the breed was brought to England and called the Chow Chow. In the 80s, this was one of the most popular dogs in America.

Like the Shar-Pei, these dogs are non-demonstrative. They are reserved, especially with strangers, either humans or animals. These dogs are known for the independence and stubbornness.  Within the family, they are good with other pets and very protective. Sometimes their protectiveness moves into aggression.