DOGS ON PARADE
An introduction to a
few Oriental breeds
an ancient Chinese fairy story
the world was being created, what
dog was allowed to lick up all the
little pieces of blue sky which fell
on the earth when the stars were being
set in their place? The Chow Chow,
said Li Pu, and that's how they got
their blue tongues."
The Chow Chow is one of the oldest
breeds of dogs. Definitely one of
the most impressive of all breeds.
He is an awesome creature with his
lion-like appearance and regal manner.
Looking a little like a cross between
a lion and a bear, the true origin
of the Chow Chow is unknown and lost
deep within Chinese antiquity. As
it is known today, it is easily recognizable
in pottery and sculptures of the Chinese
Han Dynasty (206 BC to 22 AD). Other
artifacts indicate that he was even
a much older breed and may have come
originally from the Arctic Circle,
migrating to Mongolia, Siberia and
In the T'ang Dynasty (7th Century
AD), it is reported that one Chinese
Emperor kept 2,500 of these Chow Dogs
to accompany his ten thousand hunters!
Admired by Emperors as well as Western
Royalty, used by Chinese peasants
for food and clothing, the Chow Chow
was the guardian of the household,
a thing of beauty and provided food
for the table in that the Chows were
used in packs on a hunt.
The Chow Chow is unique in that it
has a blue tongue and a black mouth
- lips that just touch - and a stilted
gait due to his very straight stifles.
The Chow Chow can have one of two
different types of coat; rough or
smooth. The most common coat is the
long-haired or rough coat. Chow Chows
come in five colours: red, black,
cinnamon, blue and cream.
The image of the Chow Chow is also
being used across the world during
2006 on collectable memorabilia such
as coins and stamps celebrating The
Year of the Dog.
the Chow Chow at the parade was "Tanaka"
(BIS BJIS Ch. Tanaka of the China's
Joy (Imp NL) HD00 ED00 CGC) and her
son, "Kendo" (Kimekai Son
of Samuri) - both owned by Vanessa
Nicolau (Kimekai Chow Chows).
Lhasa Apso is a beautiful, alert, sparky
little dog, tracing its history to the
mountaneous terrain of Tibet. The Lhasa
Apso was used in Tibetan monastries
as a sentinel dog. They would sound
a warning, should anyone have managed
to pass the huge Tibetan Mastiff kept
The Lhasa Apso has a keen instinct for
being able to distinguish friend from
foe. One should not be deceived by their
small size - as they have the hearts
and courage of a lion. They are very
perceptive and are wary of strangers.
The Lhasa Apso was never sold but given
as gifts as a token of good luck. It
is also said that the souls of monks
who had passed on, entered into the
Representing the Lhasa Apso at
the parade was "Andrew" (Apsosengkye
Hearts Blessing) and "Jason"
(Apsosengkye Hearts Glory) - both owned
by Belinda Ormonde (Apsosengkye Lhasa
Apsos and Tibetan Terriers).
origins of the Pekingese, or the "Lion
Dog Of China" has always been controversial.
This imperial dog has an ancient background,
dating as far back as 2000 BC. The Pekingese,
for centuries, was worshipped in the
temples. We find reference to these
little Lion Dogs in early Chinese literature,
and they often appear in Chinese paintings
records it has being established that
the Emperor of China personally selected
four of these dogs as his own bodyguards.
These little dogs would precede him
into the Chamber of Ceremonies on occasions
of state; two of them would announce
his approach at correct intervals with
sharp piercing barks, the other two
would daintily hold the hem of the royal
robes in their mouths.
the Chinese did not keep written pedigrees,
they were selective in the breeding
of their dogs, and possessed remarkable
ability to remember the ancestors of
every dog for several generations. The
ancient Pekingese were bred to vary
in size, as they are today, and ranged
from the tiny sleeve dogs to the larger
more sturdy types.
Representing the Pekingese at
the parade was "Lindy" (Ch.
Calmady Never On A Sunday of Wynnsong)
and "Jonty" (Ch. Ribeeland's
Jon-Tee pf Wynnsong) - both owned by
Melanie Nicolau (Wynnsong Pekingese).
Shih Tzu originated from China many
hundreds of years ago. The Chinese believed
that these dogs were sacred.
The Shih Tzu is a compact and solid
dog and has a rounded head (chrysanthemum-like
face) with a short hairy muzzle. Their
coats are typically double-coated, long
and flowing. Shih Tzu's eyes are large,
dark and round, placed apart. They add
to the dog's warm and friendly expression.
The meaning of the breed name was originally
"lion dog" because this variety
of dog was bred to resemble a miniature
lion. It is believed that this ornamental
breed was created by breeding the Bei-jing
gou (Pekingese) with a Tibetan dog breed,
the Lhasa Apso. Recent DNA analysis
confirms that this is one of the oldest
breeds of dog.
Shih Tzus come in variety of colors
including black, white, gray, tan, and
gold spotted to a mix of several-coloured
hairs. A model Shih Tzu should have
a short snout, large eyes, a slight
underbite, and a tail that waves above
its torso. The Shih Tzu's hair can be
styled in a short, summertime hair cut
or a well-groomed long hair style like
that used for dog shows
Representing the Shih Tzu at the parade
was "Kinny" (Ch. Perlaheim
Kintosada of Corin) and "Sally
Sunshine" (Corin Sally Sunshine)
- both owned by Corinne Diggins (Corin
Tibetan Terrier is an enchanting, hardy,
intelligent and active breed that hails
from the roof of the world, Tibet.
Tibetan Terriers have to deal with extremes
of temperature, fiercely bright light
and high altitudes. In Tibet they would
be seen rushing up the mountain, circling
sheep, leaping from rock to rock - jumping
with cat-like precision and without
effort. Due to mountainous terrain,
they are required to have large, round,
flat feet - used not only to grip well,
but to also serve as snowshoes.
Terriers were never sold but given as
gifts. They are lively and good-natured
serving a loyal companion, although
they are meant to be sparing of affection
Representing the Tibetan Terrier
at the parade was "Jordan"
(Apsosengkye Magical Star) and "Jessica"
(Apsosengkye Magical Miracle) - both
owned by Belinda Ormonde (Apsosengkye
Lhasa Apsos and Tibetan Terriers).