Chow Calendars: The Chow is a member of the spitz family and has been native to China for more than 2000 years. They are a masterpiece of beauty and dignity, unique in their blue-black tongue, a common trait in Asiatic bears that lived near the development of the Chow. Chows carry a reputation of being aggressive, but this is slightly undeserved, for they are a tenacious fighter only if provoked. To their owners and family they are faithful and friendly, but sometimes reserved. Therefore strangers beware, they remain an excellent guard dog. They are quite aloof to most people, and with good reason. In Mongolia and Manchuria this suspicious canine was a delicacy. They are a sturdy breed, thick in skin and fur, and greatly resembling a bear. Their ears are pricked and short, with almond shaped eyes. Their expression is scowling when mouth is closed, and jolly when the mouth is open. Because of their thick coat they are unsuited for hot climates, and humid climates can be lethal. New owners should be prepared for coat care and socialization of their new Chow puppy. Chow Chows should not be left alone in the backyard.