Being an active breeder of Chow Chows includes fielding enquiries from potential puppy homes. The variety in these homes is endless! Finding the correct match between a puppy's temperament and the new home is the most challenging of pursuits for a breeder. And it would appear, often the least understood by potential homes.
Living with a Chow Chow for some 10-14 years requires respect and understanding for the breed's unique character. Many people are drawn to the beauty of the cute, fluffy Chow Chow puppy. They do not take into consideration that this will be an active, very hairy, very intelligent, independent adult that often does not see the need to please their owners. Love yes, obey - well, maybe. Depends. Sometimes.
Puppies vary infinitely in temperament, and the ethical breeder understands the core temperament of each puppy. While the new owners will build on that core, the core temperament is what will stay with the puppy and it's owners for life. Bringing out the best in a particular puppy requires a particular owner. So whilst the new owner may have a time table in mind, with a preference for long or short coat, for any one of the colours - it is the temperament which should be the deciding factor in choosing a puppy. And the breeder is the one who can best give you an idea of a puppy's core temperament.
At this point in time in South Africa, there are very few active KUSA breeders. It is not easy to have success with breeding, the litters are also smaller. So be prepared to wait for a well-bred puppy from an ethical breeder. Being prepared to wait will spare you the heartache (and serious wallet ache) which results from buying a poorly bred pup or being scammed.