Chow Chow Puppies

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The Quiet, Loyal, and Independent Chow Chow

The Chow Chow is an ancient Chinese breed that was developed as a multi-purpose dog for hunting, herding, hauling, and protection. These dogs are often said to have feline personalities, and they are fairly reserved. Nonetheless, they make extremely devoted companions.

Chow Chow At a Glance

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Chow Chow At a Glance

  • Size: 17"-20", 45-70 lbs.
  • Lifespan: 8-12 years
  • Energy Level: low
  • Coat: Thick, dense, and either smooth or rough
  • Shedding: heavy
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Dog Group: Non-Sporting
  • Common Nicknames: Chow, Chowdren

Chow Chow Breed Guide

Learn More About Chow Chows

  • Temperament

    Chow Chows are quiet, loyal, and independent dogs that are often said to have cat-like personalities. They're aloof and reserved, but form very strong bonds with their family members. The Chow is inherently well-behaved but has a tendency to resist training because of its stubbornness. These dogs are somewhat suspicious of strangers, but rarely aggressive. If introduced properly, Chows don't have a hard time getting along with other pets. However, be cautious when bringing a Chow Chow around other dogs of the same sex, as they may become assertive or aggressive due to their hunting instincts. Overall, the Chow Chow's independence, devotion to family, and low-key temperament make it a great dog for many different types of homes.

  • Health

    Chows Chows are generally healthy dogs but there are some health conditions they may be more prone to. These conditions include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, thyroid problems, eyelid entropion, and allergies.

  • Activity Level

    To keep healthy and happy as an adult, a Chow Chow needs regular activity. However, the amount of exercise required is minimal. You don't have to worry about him roaming far if you have a secure fence in your yard. It will keep him safe from traffic and strangers while you're not around to oversee him.

  • Grooming

    Chow Chows need to be brushed around 2-3 times a week and more often during seasonal changes when shedding increases. You should not brush your Chow Chow's coat when it's dry. Instead, apply canine coat conditioner as you go, brushing the dog's dampened fur. This breed should be bathed at least once a month and regularly have their teeth brushed and their nails trimmed.

  • Shedding

    Chow Chows are heavy shedders throughout the year. These dogs will get fur everywhere and are not a good fit for households with allergies.

  • Appearance

    The Chow Chow is a sturdy dog with a large head and small, triangular, erect ears with rounded tips. The breed is distinguished by a dense double coat that can be smooth or rough. Chow Chows' coats can be cream, red, fawn, blue, or black.

  • History

    The Chow Chow is one of the oldest dog breeds, and its origins date as far back as ancient times. It is believed that the Chow Chow originated in Mongolia and northern China, where it was mainly used by royalty for hunting and guarding. Although Chow Chows were around for hundreds of years, they did not arrive in England until the late 18th century. Chow Chows were among the various importations from China, but they were few and far between. It wasn't until the late 19th century that Chow Chows began to be imported on a regular basis. Due to Queen Victoria's interest in the Chow Chow, the breed gained much attention. The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognized the Chow Chow in 1903, and the breed's popularity began to grow even more.