Chow Chow Dog Breed Information

Chow Chow Quick Facts
Chow Chow
Breed Group: Non-Sporting
Origen: China
Nickname: Chow
Weight: 45-70 lbs
Height: 17-20 inches
Color(s): Solid red, black, blue, cinnamon, and cream

Chow Chow Appearance

The Chow Chow is a medium size dog with heavy bone, and muscular body. The Chow Chow is an example of spitz breed, with his square built frame, tightly curled tail and prick ears. The two most distinctive features of the Chow Chow are its blue-black tongue and its nearly straight hind legs.

The profuse, dense, furry coat comes in two varieties, smooth and rough with a distinctive ruff around the neck. The coat may be one of five colors including solid red, black, blue, cinnamon/fawn, and cream. While the breed was originally a working dog, he primarily serves as a companion today. The weight of the Chow Chow is around 45-70 pounds; and the height around 17-20 inches.

Chow Chow Temperament

The Chow Chow is an artic dog, powerful, evenly built with a very laidback temperament, seldom rousing himself to move at any considerable speed. He is a well-mannered dog, relatively good with children. These dogs are alert, intelligent, with serious attitude and a somewhat protective streak, which makes him an effective watchdog.

The Chow is extremely loyal to its own family and will bond tightly to its master. This breed has territorial instincts, and needs to be socialized early on in order to ensure that he has a smooth temperament and steady personality. The Chow’s personality has been described as aloof, independent and strong willed. It is not very demonstrative, even with its family and is somewhat suspicious with strangers. It could be aggressive toward other dogs but is generally good with other household pets.

Is Chow Chow the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Chow Chow is not a particularly active breed. Apartment life can suit them, if they are given enough opportunity for regularly-scheduled physical activity each day. It is relatively inactive indoors and a small yard is sufficient.

Chows are sensitive to heat, they can live in or outdoors only in cooler weather. This is a very dominant breed that requires a leading owner. This breed has a mind of its own but is calm and independent, alert, courageous, challenging of itself, and full of character. It may try to dominate other dogs.

Chow Chow Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Chow Chow is around 8-12 years.

Chow Chow Health problems

There is a number of health problems associated with this breed. The major concerns are CHD (Coronary Heart Disease), entropion and patellar luxation. The Chow Chow is the dog breed most affected by elbow displasia. Other concerns are cataract, thyroid disease, renal cortical hypoplasia, gastric torsion and ocular disorders such as glaucoma, entropion and ectropion.

Chow Chow Care and Grooming

The Chow Chow doesn’t need a great deal of exercise but likes to be outdoors, but doesn’t do well in hot humid weather. They need to be comb and brush regularly with a firm brush especially in those places where tangles may form. Use dry shampoo occasionally and bathe only when necessary. This breed is a seasonal heavy shedder and extra care is needed when the dog is shedding its dense undercoat.

Chow Chow Shedding

The Chow Chow shed a lot. You'll find hair and fur all over your clothing, upholstery, carpeting, under your furniture, on your countertops. Frequent vacuuming will become a way of life. therefore, is not well suited to allergy sufferers.