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  HANOI CHOW CHOWS written by Mike Purchase, England:

HANOI CHOW CHOWS came into being during the 1930’s. Mrs Dulcie Smith, the founder and doyen of the kennel, was working in a Ladies Hair Dressing Salon when a customer arrived with what Dulcie described as the most beautiful creature she had ever seen!
This was her introduction to the Chow-Chow.

It didn’t take long for her to acquire the first of a long line of Chows. The war years were difficult times for keeping and feeding pets but with Billy Smith (Dulcie’s husband) being away in the armed forces, Dulcie wasted no time in building up a modest kennel. Billy came home after his military service to a ready-made family consisting of a half dozen Chows.

Dulcie had great success throughout the ‘50s showing dogs like Brutson - photo Bru’T’Sun of Hanoi.

She instigated a breeding programme that included the importing of a brood bitch, in whelp to a top winning Dutch dog. This helped establish the Hanoi line and led to her first major honours.

The Hanoi kennel have exported chow chows all over the world.

Noble Melody`s have had two imports:
Int.N.S.ch Perlrema Trikki Tom and Hanoi Chesnut Tajk.

Champion Tiko-Ling Of Hanoi

became the first Chow Of The Year in 1965 and also achieved the honour of being Best In Show at Southampton Championship Show. Good looks weren’t Tiko’s only attribute, he also produced some fine Championship winning stock.

By this time, Dulcie’s reputation had spread worldwide and inquiries for puppies were arriving from all continents. One such enquiry led to a meeting between Dulcie and Ricardo Pantelinen. Richard (Dulcie re-christened him) bought a young CC winning dog called

Hanoi Crispin Of Kalamunda

from Dulcie and took him to Argentina where he became a multiple Best In Show Winner. Dulcie actually accompanied Crispin and a young bitch puppy to Argentina. Billy Smith yet again demonstrated his heart of gold by staying home to look after the Hanoi’s at Perry Barr.

Several more Champions were campaigned through the late 60’s and early 70’s not least

Ch Hanoi Damon Of Kalamunda

Ch T’su Of Hanoi and Champion Hanoi Hi-There of Alindul.
I had known of Dulcie Smith from childhood. My uncle had used her stud dogs in the early 50’s and I grew up knowing cute bundles of fur in multiple hues. My first meeting with Dulcie took place in early ’74. Vicky, my fiancée, had bought me a male Chow-Chow for my 21st birthday in November ’73. We soon obtained a female playmate for him and I noted that there were a number of Hanoi Chows on their pedigrees. Wanting to know more (and being nosy) I called on Dulcie, armed with my pedigrees. She was very welcoming and discussed the pros and cons of the dogs on the pedigrees. She asked what our Chows looked like and I described Khan as a large, well boned dog with masses of coat. With that, Dulcie went into the back room and called a dog. She opened the door and in strutted the most beautiful Chow-Chow puppy imaginable. He was slightly younger than my boy, probably 4 months old at the time and Dulcie asked if Khan looked like him. Even then, as a total novice, I could see the difference and had to admit that there was no comparison. That was my introduction to

Ch. Hanoi Willie Wumkins
From then on, at irregular intervals, Vicky and I attended the local shows. Always looking for Willie. It was quite some time before we were fortunate enough to acquire a Willie son.

Unfortunately, due to Dulcie’s ill health, she was forced in the early 80’s to stop showing. By this time we had become very close and I was accorded the privilege of handling various Hanoi boy’s at shows. Dulcie was a master at preparing and showing her dogs and only ill health would ever have caused her to place her trust in someone else. To my amazement and great pleasure, Dulcie made me a partner in the Hanoi affix. This came as a great surprise as even Billy Smith had not been accorded that honour.Dulcie was a very special lady and will be remembered always.

And..... other lovely Hanoi chows:

Ch. Hanoi Freddie of Kalamunda


Ch. Hanoi Man Friday


Ch. Hanoi Fu Ling


Hanoi Tyson


Hanoi Fi

Hanoi Gaiety (4 months)

Hanoi Handsome Harry

Hanoi Just Jim

Hanoi Mia

Hanoi Tag

Ch. Hanoi Tauna Dora

Hanoi Tobias

Ch. Hanoi Dainty Miss of Perlrema

Ch. Hanoi Angelina of Talusing

Ts’an of Hanoi

Pandabear Victoria Plum of Hanoi

Int.N.S.ch. Perlrema Trikki Tom

N.S.ch Noble Melody`s Daffodil Lady, daughter of Trikki Tom

N.ch Hanoi Chesnut Tajk

N.ch Louis, son of Hanoi Chesnut Tajk

Ole Brum, son of Hanoi Chesnut Tajk

N.ch Chow Bears Olivia (Rosa), daughter of Ole Brum

Noble Melody`s Ibsen from Norway, son of Rosa

Noble Lucia Amico Alfredo, son of Ibsen