We all know that Chow Chow is a breed of dogs originating from China, but only a few are familiar with the fact that their name is the result of a simple misunderstanding.
When the first dogs of this breed were shipped from China to England, in 18th century, they arrived in crates marked chow chow. These words were written in Chinese pidgin English and their real meaning was: miscellaneous merchandise.
Once the ship was unloaded, everybody simply assumed that Chow Chow was the name of these beautiful dogs.
Photo by Remigiusz Józefowicz