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Chows and French Bulldogs from the Westminster Dog Show
The Martha Stewart Show, February 2010

Martha meets some of the French bulldogs and chow chows that competed in The Westminster Kennel Club 134th Annual Dog Show.

Chow Chow
A powerful, sturdy dog that's of Arctic type, medium in size, and muscular with heavy bone, the Chow Chow is an ancient breed of northern Chinese origin. This lionlike, regal breed is known for its blue/black tongue and stilted gait.

Affectionate and devoted to family, the Chow is reserved and discerning with strangers, independent, stubborn, and less eager to please than other breeds. They require early socialization and training and some kind of exercise daily. Regular grooming and bathing is a must to maintain their double coats.

Ghenghis Khan (pictured) is Martha's newest Chow puppy and the great-grandson of the late, great Paw Paw.

French Bulldog
Often described as "a clown in the cloak of a philosopher," the French Bulldog originated as, and continues to be used as, a companion dog. The breed is small and muscular with heavy bone structure, a smooth coat, a short face, and trademark "bat" ears. Prized for their affectionate natures and even dispositions, they are generally active and alert, but not unduly boisterous.

Frenchies are indoor dogs but require air conditioning in warm weather. While good at alerting their owners to danger ("Look! The delivery guy is coming!"), their main role is that of lap warmer.