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Chow Chow

Quick facts

Chow Chow AKC Group: Non-Sporting
Height: Male: 19-22 Inches, Female: 18-20 inches
Weight: Male: 55-70 pounds, Female: 45-60 pounds
Colors: Red (light gold to deep red-brown), Cinnamon (light tan to brown), Blue (dark blue to gray), Black, or Cream
AKC recognized in: 1903

The Chow Chow is said to be one of the oldest dog breeds evolving from the wolf as there is Chinese bas-relief dated 150 B.C. found to have been made during the Han dynasty. This dog is unique with its blue-black tongue and hind legs which are almost straight. Thus, it walks rather stilted. Its furry coat and lion-mane like head that differentiates it with the other breeds is another distinct feature.

From its origins, the Chow Chow was a working dog pulling snow sleds, herding, hunting, and guarding homes. Its muscular body and the massive ruff around its head enhance its natural character of agility, elegance, and dignity.

Clipper ships sailing from China to England in the early 19th century brought assorted cargo referred to as Chow Chow. When the first dog arrived in England, it was given a name Chow Chow referring to the Chow Chow hold where the dog was said to have stayed during the journey.


Chow Chow Summary
Affection two paws
Cold Tolerance five paws
Ease of Training two paws
Energy level two paws
Exercise Requirements two paws
Friendliness : Children one paw
Friendliness: Other Animals two paws
Friendliness: Other Pets four paws
Grooming Requirements four paws
Heat Tolerance two paws
Playfulness three paws
Protection Ability four paws
Watchdog Ability four paws

The Chow Chow can comfortably live indoors as it is sensitive to heat and stay outdoors during cool weather. It has a tendency to be authoritative and would prefer an owner who has a stronger presence. Otherwise, the Chow Chow will dominate the owner. Likewise, this dog would like to be in the alpha position to lead the pack of dogs of different breeds.

Chows are not exactly the kind of dog that would be easy for obedience training. It belongs to the lowest group of intelligent dogs. Though it can live in an apartment, it would crave for routine time for some physical activity. Otherwise, it becomes an aggressive dog when faced with strangers.

Health and Exercise

The Chow Chow has an average lifespan of 8-12 years. But there have been cases where some of these dogs develop ailments when owners buy the puppies from unreliable pet shops whose suppliers come from unscrupulous breeders. It is quite possible that the pups have acquired diseases or genetic ailments from poorly selected breeding stock.

The common ailments that a Chow can have are elbow dysplasia, hip dysplasia, thyroid disease, patellar luxation, pemphigus foliaceus, and eye disorders like entropion or ectropion.

It needs regular grooming and trimming to keep allergies and bacteria away from the dog. It will be good also for the household members to have a clean and well-groomed dog to avoid contamination of viruses from untrimmed hair.

Chows are nice pets and are adorable. Children love these dogs as they have evolved from hunting dogs to pet dogs.

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