Chinese Chow Club


President Mrs M Bennett (Benchow)
Vice Presidents Mr G Jennings, Mr G Nicholson,
Miss N Stannard (Ulmarra) & Mrs C Trendle (Lusam)
Chairman Mr V Larkin
Vice Chairman Mr S Cooper
Secretary & Show Manager Mrs A Douse (Shasadee)
Membership Secretary Mrs L Hughes (Xingbao)
Treasurer Mrs J Pickering
Acting Cup Steward Mrs A Douse

Committee members
Mr C Beavis, Mrs B Butler, Mr R Douse
Mr R Douse, Mrs S Foster, Mr M Hughes (Xingbao)
Miss M Hay, Mrs N Stewart-Beavis, Miss L Wheatley

Membership questions >>> please contact our membership secretary
Mrs L Hughes : “Orchard End”, 2 The Shepway, Seaford, East Sussex, BN25 3SH - Tel: 01323 895685 - email

Enquiries about getting a puppy >>> please contact our puppy coordinator
Mrs J Pickering - email

Other questions >>> please contact our secretary
Mrs A Douse, 28 High Street, Wymington, Rushden, Northants, NN10 9LS - Tel: 01933 418939 - email

Chinese Chow Club


Nyree Stewart-Beavis & Chris Beavis

Chinese Chow Club

We have always loved dogs, and it was our dream to eventually have one of our own. But working full-time in London, meant it was out of the question. That didn’t stop us from daydreaming about the possibility, and then in 2014 we went to Discover Dogs and fell in love with chow chows (obviously!).

Fast forward seven years and one silver lining of the pandemic was the increased ability to work from home that finally made being owned by a chow possible.

We knew we wanted to get a chow from a reputable breeder and loving home, but finding the right one was tricky. We contacted a few of our favourite chows on Instagram to ask for advice, and one of these suggested joining some chow groups on Facebook.

This is where we got lucky and spotted a post about the Chinese Chow Club’s puppy co-ordinator service. We immediately contacted Jennie and she has been our hero. Not only did she help us find our beloved Bo (from the wonderful Maya (Booneeks)) in July 2021, she also introduced us to the Chinese Chow Club through the Chow Chums day.

We were immediately blown away by how friendly, patient and helpful everyone at the club has been, including brilliant advice and support as we made our first forays into showing, with Bo competing in his first Crufts in 2023. We’re so pleased to be able to give something back, and so we are now responsible for the fabulous club calendar - – and help with filming our shows and and getting the club on Instagram.

As well as continuing to show Bo, we're also working on how we can get him a baby chow brother !


Mildred & John Bennett (Benchow)

Mildred has been the long serving Secretary and John Treasurer of the Chinese Chow Chow Club for many years and possibly one of the longest serving Chow Club Secretaries. What a team they made.

Mildred loved the self-red coat and over the years had some good winners mainly with males. They had the first Red Shaza of Coelegant whelped 29-1-1972 who did some useful winning and from whom all the Chows owned are descended. Benchow the Cossack a red cream shaded born 24-09-1975 followed. Notable winners were Benchow the Chinaman born 14-03-1983 another self-red who won a Reserve CC. The one most remembered was Ch. Benchow The Tsarevich born 29-10-1991, of course a self-red. He became a champion on 28th April 1994 he won at least 14 CC’s 4 with BOB and 6 Res. CC’s. Occasional bitches exhibited and Benchow Anelina born 29-10-1991 won 2 CC’s and 2 Res. CC’s. An advert placed in the Chow 90 stated “A small establishment of chows which are kept as household companions, whose aim is to breed quality and soundness without any form of exaggeration. Specialising in deep self-reds”

Mildred was always helpful to newcomers and instigated the now Chow Tea Party and the Chinese Judges Training system prior to the existing one run by all the Chow Clubs under the Chow Chow Breed Council.

Due to ill health Mildred and John reluctantly stepped down from the Chinese Club a few years ago, although Mildred is The President a position she is very proud of.
(written by Pam Godber)


Bridget Butler

Chinese Chow Club

I am married with 3 grown up children and 2 grandchildren. I live in a little village in the Cotswolds and have a 6 year old chow called Thompson. I have recently joined the committee and have taken on the role as raffle person. In the next few months I am planning to get a puppy and want to show her. I look forward to meeting lots of people when this covid is all over.


Simon Cooper

I am a relative newcomer to the world of chows having been introduced to them by my girlfriend and fellow commitee member Leo. I've always loved dogs but I quickly discovered there's nothing quite like a chow !
I only came along for the bacon butties and now find myself a committee member of The Chinese, but I've thoroughly enjoyed helping run the shows and learning more about the breed and the show world. What makes this club special is the team work, sense of humour and the warm welcome offered to all chowists including newbies like me. So it was an honour to be asked to be vice chairman and I know the committee will support and encourage me as I find my feet in the role.
I don't currently have a chow in my life, but hopefully it's just a matter of time and until then I'll get my chow fix at shows and get togethers.


Andrea Douse (Shasadee)

Chinese Chow Club

I was born into the world of dogs with my mums Setrof affix. I was bought up with Lhasa Apso’, Hungarian Puli’s and Bichon Frise, by the time I was 9 years old I really wanted to show. Mum would never let me show her dogs but a chap called Malcolm Crossland took me under his wing and taught me to handle and show his Pointers which I did Junior Handling Association with them. Mum by then knew I was serious in showing and gave me a red Lhasa Apso called King. My very first Lhasa was called Boomer and I had him when I was 12. We achieved a stud book number and had many fabulous times together.

By the time I had left school I always wanted to work in the Theatre but those of you that know me well know I cannot sing or dance but as I was training to be a hairdresser I had a light bulb moment and realised I could do hair and make up in the theatre. I trained to be a theatrical makeup artist and at 18 was Deputy Wig Mistress of Me and My Girl in London’s West End. Other shows I have worked on are Blood Brothers, Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables. There I met my husband to be. We got married in Las Vegas by Elvis and now have 2 children : Ronan who is 18 and really tries to keep away from the dog scene and Rosie who is 13. She adores the dogs and has achieved many awards in her time showing. She owns a Powder Puff Chinese Crested and a Lhasa Apso and is frequently seen showing Tia and any of the Shasadee Chows.

My early twenties I really wanted a more spritely dog to show than an Apso and that is when the Tibetan Terriers came in. I had 3 T.T : two boys and a girl. The girl gaining her Stud book number. In 2002 my first Chow came, and he was Buzz, although not the best show dog he will always be my special boy and made me love the breed so much. Now I have 5 Chows and a new homebred puppy waiting in the wings. I have my best friend Bentley - Ch Norskov’s Foni Baloni at Shasadee(8 CC, 5 RCC), my Golden Oldie she is 14 – Brinsar Bella Sue Von Shasadee (1 RCC), Tia – Shasadee’s Dhimond Tee Arra (1 CC, 1 RCC), Marvin - Shasadee’s Shamazin Marvin, and my one and only Bentley baby Lottie - Shasadee’s Billion Dolla Baby. I have also bred Shasadee’s Mr Doubleoseven at Kweichow (1 CC) and Ch Shasadee’s Baby Sham (3 CC, 2 RCC).

I have been on The Chow Chow Club committee for 7 years previous to joining The Chinese in 2016. I am Treasurer of the Chow Chow Breed Council and Cup Steward of The Chow of the Year plus I have been on Bedford & District Canine Society for 8 years and I am their Secretary.


Michelle Hay

We've always had dogs, mums breed was toy poodles and then when I was old enough to be responsible for a dog I chose to have a Old English Sheepdog, a breed I hold close to my heart.
Years down the line after having 3 OES I changed breeds to Siberian Huskies which I've had for the biggest part of my life, did a little showing with the one boy I had but nothing too serious all fun.
I've always had a love for Chow Chow's as there was one that lived down the road from us when growing up and made myself a promise of one, one day, that day came in 2001.
I now have 7 and wouldn't be without them. I got into showing with them when I got my first boy Santicana Blue Saboo in 2014 and have had so much fun since. We have gained a CC with Santicana Black Knight.
I still feel very new to the breed and have learnt so much but feel there's always something more to learn.


Lisa Hughes (Xingbao)

I have worked from home as a PA to a litigation consultant since September 2000 and also run the administration side of Martin’s electrical business. I have been so fortunate to be able to raise our 3 children whilst working from home. Our eldest daughter Melissa is almost 18, Jas is 15 and our son Sam is 11. The first chow we met was in 2012 and is owned by Dave & Linda Heard, bred by Liz McCullough. We instantly fell in love with the breed. Dave & Linda are now very good friends of ours. I love that dogs can bring people near and far together and Dave and Linda Heard the owners of Riley the chow are very special to us and we often remind them that our love for the breed “is all their fault” haha. After researching the breed our family purchased our first chow in January 2013, a cream male named Iorek Byrnison after the polar bear in the film The Golden Compass. When Iorek was 8 months old we were encouraged by an old family friend who shows English Toy Terriers to take him to ringcraft classes. We soon began showing and met Chris Trendle at a Show at Ardingly Showground who told us about the Chinese Chow Club Tea Party. I remember walking into the Tea Party and being so overwhelmed with the number of chows all in one place. It was the first chow event we ever attended and The Chinese Chow Club will always be special to our family for that reason. In March 2015 Misia a black chow oozing with personality joined our family, she didn’t take to showing and much prefers to supervise everyone from the comfort of the sofa! Then two red litter sisters Gypsy and Naboo came to join our family in January 2017. We had our first litter in July last year and kept a black girl named Aayla.

In April 2015 I attended a seminar and passed the Points of the Dog and Conformation and Movement. I joined the Chinese Chow Club Committee in 2016 and I am now Membership Secretary, Calendar Girl and provide the catering at our Club Shows and events.


Martin Hughes (Xingbao)

I have my own electrical business. I have been married to Lisa since 1996 and we have 3 children. Melissa is almost 18, Jas is 15 and our son Sam is 11. In 2012 Lisa and the children saw Dave & Linda Heard’s chow Riley when they were walking past our house and I knew I was in trouble! After meeting Dave & Riley it wasn’t long before I understood how and why they had fallen in love with the breed and I was also hooked! After researching the breed our family purchased our first chow in January 2013, a cream male named Iorek Byrnison after the polar bear in the film The Golden Compass. Iorek is very much a “daddy’s boy”. When Iorek was 8 months old we began showing and our first chow event was the Chinese Chow Club Tea Party. It was brilliant to see so many chows together and it made me love the breed even more. We now have 5 chows, Iorek, Misia, Gypsy, Naboo and Aayla. We had our first litter in July last year and Aayla was one of our pups. We are now enjoying training and showing Aayla.

I joined the Chinese Chow Club Committee in 2016 and provide the catering at our Club Shows and events. I very much enjoy being part of our friendly Committee.


Vince Larkin

Chinese Chow Club

It is my pleasure to be the Chairman of this exciting and dynamic Club. I am Essex based businessman who's Chow Chow adventure started about 5 years ago as I researched this wonderful breed.

My first experience of the Chinese Chow Club was their Tea Party where I was so impressed with their friendliness and helpfulness. I was hooked.
The brilliant guidance and help from the committee and members lead me to my Kato (Fullforge Fred and Ginger). And so the adventure began.

My other dog related activities include being an active committee member of the Wickford and Basildon Canine Society where we teach ringcraft and organise Open Shows throughout the year. I also organise informal Chow Chow meet ups and walks for Chow Chow owners in the South East of UK.


Marion Sargent (Tegwani)

Chinese Chow Club

My name is Marion Sargent, I have been involved in dogs for coming up 40 yrs now, obviously in my mothers womb ! I was the first person in import Akitas into this country in recent times, and boy how they have grown! Been actively involved in clubs, from Secretary of all breed open shows, to Treasuer of breed clubs. Never owned a Chow Chow but have always had an interest in them along with other oriental breeds. My involvement with the club started when Mildred Bennett was unable to continue as Secretary, and I was asked if I would help the club out. I started off as Secretary, went for a short time on Committee and now I am Treasurer. I currently award CC's in 17 breeds across 3 groups, and am passed for the Utility Group and Pastoral Group at Championship level.

Outside of dogs, I am self employed. I enjoy travelling, so try to escape a couple of times a year. I have been to China, so have seen Chows in their native country. I have a big pile of books that need reading and a house that needs redecorating, so not a lot of free time.


Jennie Pickering

Last May my dreams came true when I brought home Barney, an eight week old puppy from the wonderful Joan Rennie. Ever since I was a little girl I have always wanted a dog but growing up in a ‘cat family’ and then working full time since leaving home made that impossible.

When I met my husband John over 25 years ago we rescued our first Persian cat. She was very poorly when we first got her...the vet told us to expect to lose her within 3 - 6 months. 11 years later we did finally say goodbye and I was heartbroken. As we were both working full time we agreed it was not the right time to get a dog so my Persian family grew; we have three beautiful babies.

We now work for ourselves and over the last few years I have been able to work more from home. Around three years ago, with my need for a dog becoming obsessive, we agreed that we could offer the time, commitment and loving home all dogs deserve once I finished a big contract in 2017. My research began; we wanted a dog that could live with the cats and an online website suggested Chow Chows. I instantly fell in love with this beautiful breed. We visited a Chow Chow show to meet breeders and owners and learn as much as we could. Arriving in the car park and seeing the now familiar sight of Chows being taken into the hall I burst into tears; I was overcome with emotion...I still had two years to wait!

Over the last two years I have attended several shows, including Crufts, and have met some of the nicest, kindest people. Always welcoming and happy to answer questions I have appreciated the support as a new Mum and feel part of this wonderful Chow community.

Of all the shows I have attended I particularly enjoy the Chinese; so friendly with a great atmosphere and always a great day out. I would like to offer any help as part of the committee and return some of the support I have received over the last few years.

We live in Cambridge and I have two step children, as well as my three kitties and our beautiful Barney.


Leo Wheatley

Chinese Chow Club

I grew up in an animal mad family and my earliest memories all relate to chows!

We got our first, Tico, through Chow Rescue when I was about 2 ½ years old and although he sadly died suddenly just 6 months later the breed had already captured our hearts. Our first puppy was Tiggy aka Mekong Monsoon from Ray and June Creed and my Dad did some showing with her. He was on the committee of the Midland Chow Chow Club for many years and helped run a ringcraft training club, I enjoyed helping with both but most of all I just loved seeing so many dogs in one place. I have been a volunteer at Discover Dogs at Crufts, with or without one of my chows, many times proving I can happily talk about chows all day!

I’ve been fortunate to be able to share my life with several chows including rescues and rehomes and have dabbled in showing myself but never seriously so I was surprised and over the moon to qualify for Crufts in 2018 and 2019 with my rehomed girl China.

I am self employed and lucky to work from home with my chow Otto and rescue eurasier MishkaBoots for company. Otto finds the show world boring and is happiest at home but MishkaBoots is a regular spectator at chow shows. I originally took her along with China to help socialise her as she came to me with many issues, but it turned out she is a natural show off at heart and to my amazement qualified for Crufts 2020.

It was a real honour to be asked to join the committee of The Chinese. I have always enjoyed the friendly atmosphere at its shows and the annual Tea Party is a real highlight. I love how it’s inclusive of all chows and their humans, not just those interested in showing.

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