Okay so I'm hoping my description will be sufficient enough for someone to point me in the right direction.
I saw this gorgeous dog a couple days ago and it's been bothering me that I didn't have the chance to ask the owner what the breed was. The dog was a bit taller than a golden retriever, and STOUT. He was a stocky guy. He had off white, kind of cream colored fur. It was sort of fluffy. (Think like a Shiba Inu, except a little bit longer.) He had a curled tail. And his face did not have a long, pointed nose. It was kind of flatter, but not as flat as a Pug either.
I hope someone can help me out. He was just so pretty and I've been wondering what he was! If anyone knows, you can attach a link to a picture because I'd be able to tell if it was the same kind that I saw or not.
Is it possible he wasn't a purebred? Maybe you could go to the AKC site and look at the thumbnails of their recognized breeds and then report back if you see a match? Or the UKC site, since they might have a wider range of recognized breeds.
I can't think of a breed off the top of my head that fits your description. I was thinking Akita, too, but the flatter face is throwing me. The Bullmastiff doesn't have a fluffy coat, but does have a flatter face.
Hmm, unfortunately no to all of those. His ears were upright. Out of all those he looked most like an Akita. Except he was much stockier and had longer hair. And his nose was more smushed. But it may have been an Akita... or some type of mix with it.
He did kind of look like that Chow Chow you have pictured, except the other Chows I have seen all have a kind of wrinkled face and he didn't. Plus he was a lot bigger than an average Chow.
Chances are good that he's a Chow cross then - more common than an AkitaX, often fuzzy, and it seems like many of the ChowXs and "backyard" Chows loose the wrinkly/smooshed face. Check out this guy (he's apparently a ChowXGolden): http://www.google.com/imgres?q=chow+...9&tx=94&ty=101