We like both. I've had two roughs and Goose is my first smooth. I'd wanted a smooth for years (and years) so she's my baby by just a bit, lol. But, we'll likely always have one of each coat type Both of my males (my late male and my current) both had smooth sires..I was always "so close to my smooth!', lol.
I have never seen a smooth-haired Chow. But your dogs are cute. There's a black Chow that lives outside of the complex and I don't know his name, but every time we pass I say, "Hi Black Chow Chow." What are your dogs names?
I didn't know Chows come in a smooth. He's a good looking guy.
Pardon my ignorance, but if I'd seen that dog I'd have assumed he was a Shar Pei mix. (And this is coming from someone who is always explaining to people that collies come in a short haired variety. lol)
There is quite the difference in coat care. Goose blows her coat as well, but five minutes with a rake and she's looking sparkly, lol. However, Aesop's coat isn't horrible, aside from being really time consuming for baths (I always completely dry with the forced air dryer) and when he blows his coat. He has a proper coat and it's never been clipped down, so there's no matting, etc.
On the Shar pei front, Goose's tag that she usually wears reads "Not a Shar pei" lol.
I had a couple of Chows growing up in my teens and early 20's. Both long hair, the first was a red Chow, the second black. Good dogs, if I had not optioned for my GSD mix I would have another Chow now.