The Short Coat Chow
Matavai Sun Dial (Amber)
Bred By Miss Helen Crace of Matavai Chows, Sydney
The wait of many years finally paid off when a member of the Chow Chow Club of NSW suggested I might be interested in a very nice short coat being shown in the NSW.
A fellow chow breeder and myself flew to Sydney to the Chow Clubs Specialty show followed by the Sydney Royal the next day.
The short coat everyone was talking about was Matavai Sunshine, shown below and now a Grand Champion
Sunshine and Buddy, a Zebedee boy were mated and Amber came to us from that first litter six years ago.
Ambers litter brother continued on to provide some stiff competion for Sunshine in the show rings in Sydney and several Sydney Royals to follow.
Sadly Grand Champion Matavai Sunshine passed away unexpectedly end of September 2013 at just eight years of age, the only female Gr Champion Chow in Australia.
A wonderful achievement for a very lovely girl.
Condolences to Helen and RIP to beautiful Sunshine.
From left to right: Ambers sire Zebedee Buddy. Matavia Sunshine, BOB at Sydnet Royal. Headshot of Sunshine on the same day. Helen & Sunshine making their way to the dog rings, Sydney Olympic Park.
Left to Right: Matavai Sun Dial ( Amber) as a puppy. Amber, in the last stages of dropping coat, with Ana. Amber and family at 3 weeks Dec 2012
Amber has been shown lightly with several Best of Breeds and a Group to her credit but has never learned to like the showring.
She does however love the socialization classes and puppy picnics held by the local kennel club and known as Miss Happiness or Smiley.
She is certainly a very beautiful girl of which I am very proud of, thank you Helen
Hongchow Ice Crystal has now joined Amber in my quest to promote the short coat chow.
I thank her breeder Mrs Margaret Turner for allowing this very lovely girl to join us, I am very happy with her and she's not as docile as she appears here sitting on Santas knee
Many puppy buyers want the glamour of the rough coats without the full understanding of the absolute necessity of regular & thorough grooming.
The short coat chow requires much less maintanence and copes so much better in our hot climate although it must always be remembered this is exactly the same as the rough coated chow and can still be subject to heat stress.
The short coat chow tends to be more outgoing and active than the roughs which are more laid back, and the need for firm discipline as a puppy is more apparent.
The rough and short coat chows come under the same breed standard and are exhibited together. The short coat has to be as confirmationally correct as possible, without the coat to disguise any faults.