Group: Non Sporting
Lifespan: 8-15 Years
Pups per Litter: 3-6
Average Weight: 45-75 lbs.
Average Height: 17-22 inches
Exercise/Activity Level: Low
Temperament with: Children
The Chow Chow originated in China. They were used as guardians of their masters possessions and for hunting pheasant and wolves. The name comes from the Songshi Quan which is Chinese and translates to “puffy-lion dog”. The Chow Chow is also known as a food item in China as the flesh is considered a specialized meal.
The Chow Chow is an independent breed of dog that is known for their guarding abilities. They may look cute but these dogs can and will protect their master and his possessions at will. They are stubborn and will need an owner who can work with this dogs dominance and aggressive tendencies. The Chow Chow interacts very well with children. They will need to be socialized with other dogs and smaller animals as puppies to ensure they will co exist well with them as adults.
Weighing in at around 45-75 lbs (20-33 kgs) and averaging 17-22 inches high, the Chow Chow is a large puffy dog that resembles a lion. They are 2 types of coat, a rough and a smooth coat. The colours for the coat will be either a black, cream, gray, red, blue, tan or white but must be solid with no markings. They have small circular eyes and small ears. Their legs are straight and strong, especially the hind legs which will give this dog a stiffer walk. The Chow Chows tail is curled over to touch their back and is very fluffy. The most distinct feature of this breed is that they have a black tongue!
The Chow Chow are prone to Entropian, Hip Dysplasia, and Luxating Patella’s. They are also known for developing Cancers, and Bloat as they are a deep chested breed. When choosing to own a Chow Chow make sure to check out breeders references to ensure that the lineage is clear of these genetic traits.
The Chow Chow will need very consistent and firm training as this is a stubborn and independent breed. They will need an owner who will be able work with the dominance factor this dog is attributed to and will be able to show them that they are not the top dog of the household. Training should commence as soon as the dog is brought home. The Chow Chow should be socialized extensively with other dogs and other animals as puppies because if not done so, can become aggressive towards them as adults.
The Chow Chow is a moderate maintenance breed. They will need to be brushed daily to keep their long, thick coat tangle free. Bathing is up to the discretion of the owner. This dog will shed heavily and will need special attention to ensure that they do not develop mats or hot spots.
This breed is categorized in the Non Sporting Group. They will do well in an apartment as they don’t need as much room as a household to lounge around in. They will need to be exercised daily because they can be lazy and might need to be encouraged to get out! The average lifespan of this breed is 8-15 years. They have on average 3-6 pups per litter. When obtaining a puppy Chow Chow, keep in mind that every puppy is different and to research your breed before bringing the baby home!