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Chow Chow Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Chow Chow so you can get to know the breed more.

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Chow Chow
OriginChina
Other Names
What other names does the Chow Chow have? The dog breed also known as...
Chow, Chowdren
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Chow Chow recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1903 as a Non-Sporting breed.
FCI Group
Is Chow Chow recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Asian Spitz and related breeds section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Chow Chow breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel Club
Price
How much does the Chow Chow puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Chow Chow price:
$600-$800
If you choose to purchase the Chow Chow, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Chow Chow for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Chow Chow gets to a happy place.

Chow Chow History

The breed originated in China and is known to date to the Han dynasty, which ruled around 200 BC. According to some sources, the breed can have come originally from the Arctic Circle, then migrated to Mongolia and China, that is why the Chow Chow is possibly one of the oldest breeds. As members of the Imperial Household, they were fed on the best rice and meat by an army of servants, had a military escort, slept on rich carpets, and were awarded high courtly titles and decorations.

In Ancient China they were used as hunting dogs against bears, their meat was served as one of the finest delicacies and their fur was processed. In the 17th century employees of the Dutch, East Company took the Chow Chow to Europe and presented at the London Dog Show. At that time, their nature was hostile, all strangers were considered enemies. Thanks to European breeding, lots of their features have disappeared. The Chow Chow was a term of jargon applied to the great variety of articles taken by these boats. Like a nickname, the term surrounded these dogs. However, according to a Chinese legend, the Chow Chow’s tongue is blue because it licked the sky when it was painted.

In the second half of the 19th century, Chow Chows were showcased as wild dogs in the London Zoo. As Queen Victoria was gifted with some Chow Chows, people started keeping them at home. One of the most important years in the history of the Chow must surely be 1895. Four important events occurred. Champion Chow VIII became the first-ever Chow Champion, Peridot II was awarded Best in Show at the LKA Championship show, and the Chow Chow Club was formed. The breed became popular in the U.S.A. probably at the same time that their fame was widespread in England. Since the 1920s, the popularity of the breed has increased steadily. Many celebrities also became fond of the exquisite beauty of the Chow Chows and kept them as their companions.

Chow Chow General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Chow Chow size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the Chow Chow weigh? Chow Chow weight:
45-70 pounds (20-32 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Chow Chow? Chow Chow average weight:
57.5 pounds (26 kg)
Height
How tall is the Chow Chow? Chow Chow height:
Male: 20-22 inches (51-56 cm), Female: 18-20 inches (46-51 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Chow Chow average height:
20 inches (51 cm)

Chow Chow Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Chow Chow have? What does this canine coat look like?
Rough
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Chow Chow's coat?
CinnamonRedBlue CreamBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Chow Chow and how often?
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition. The Chow Chow requires grooming on a daily basis. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer is essential. Everyday brushing of the dog's coat is necessary to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath should be on a weekly schedule. Taking good care of your Chow Chow is time consuming and requires excellent grooming skills. If you don't have the time and skill search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Chow Chow dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Chow? Chow Chow shedding level:
Chow Chows shed above average. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type. If you don't like vacuum cleaning, you might have to reconsider your choice of having a puppy from the Chow Chow breed.

Chow Chow Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Chow Chow have? What characteristics does the breed have?
AloofLoyalIntelligentDetachedIndependentQuietProtective
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Chow Chow? Are they intelligent?
Low: The Chow Chow if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence. You need to work hard if you want to impress people with this dog tricks and commands. They understand and memorize new commands in 80-100 repetitions, and obey for the first command 25% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Chow Chow dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Chow Chows aren't famous for their trainability. This breed needs more time and repetition to obey. It's challenging to teach them new commands, but not impossible.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Chow Chows are not the most playful dog breed. Sometimes they do like playing, but that's not their favorite activity.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Chow Chow sensitivity:
Chow Chows are less sensitive than other dog breeds. They aren't receptive to their owner's emotions and handle soft punishment quite well. They don't mind an always changing daily routine, a hectic household, young children, noisy or office environment and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Chow Chows may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence. Their happiness doesn't depend on their owners emotional level.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Chow need? Chow Chow social needs:
Chow Chows are kinda antisocial. This breed doesn't like being around people all the time, they tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Chow Chow dogs bark a lot? Why does my Chowdren bark?
Low: The Chow Chow barks none to minimal. Perfect choice if you prefer a quiet breed. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Chow Chow good as a watchdog?
Chow Chows are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Territorial
Do Chow Chow dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Chow Chows are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Chow Chow bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Chow? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Chow Chow? Why do dog bites happen?
Moderate
The Chow Chow has an average chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Chow Chow do?
Chow Chows have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Chow Chows need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Chow Chow to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Chow Chow roam?
Chow Chows tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Chow Chow have high prey drive?
Chow Chows have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Is Chow Chow good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Chow Chows are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Chow Chows don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't like moving from one place to another.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Chow Chows handle alone time quite well. They are not prone to have separation anxiety.
Fighting Dog
Where Chow Chow dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Chow Chow Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Chow Chows are not stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Chow Chow dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Chow Chow and children:
Chow Chows are not the most kid-friendly dogs. If you have children, you may have to reconsider your choice for having a puppy from this breed.
Cat Friendly
How well do Chow Chow dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Chow Chows are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Chow Chow good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Chow Chow dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Chow Chows are not dog-friendly. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Chow Chow is not the best choice.
Office Friendly
Are Chow Chows good office dogs? Do Chow Chows make good office friendly dogs? Can Chow Chows be office dogs?
No
Chow Chow is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Chow Chow dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Chow temperament with senior people? Are Chow Chow dogs good for elderly owners?
Chow Chows are not the best breed for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Chow Chow dogs get along with other pets? Are Chow Chow dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Chow Chows usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Chow Chow breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Chow Chows are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Chow Chow be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Chow Chow is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Chow Chow be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Chow Chow is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Chow Chow be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Chow Chow is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Chow Chow be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Chow Chow is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Chow Chow be a boat dog?
Not really
Chow Chow breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Chow Chow be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Chow Chow is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Chow Chow Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Chow Chow dogs have health problems?
The Chow Chow is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Chow Chow breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Chow Chow breed? Health risks of Chow Chow:
EctropionHip Dysplasia
Life Expectancy
How long do Chow Chow dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Chow Chow be?
13-15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Chow Chow breed hypoallergenic?
No
Chow Chows don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Chow Chow have?
Chow Chows have a lower energy level than other dogs. If you live a chilled life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Chow Chow dogs require per day?
Chow Chows exercise need is minimal. If you live a slow life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Chow Chows like sleeping so they do sleep a lot. They're not the most active dog breed. If you live an active life, this breed can be a bad choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Chow Chow need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
4 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Chow Chow risk for obesity:
Average to High. If you don't pay attention to the Chow Chow's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Chow Chow's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers cold weather
The Chow Chow can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Chow Chow has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Chow Chow drool?
The Chow Chow is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Chow Chow Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Chow Chow: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Chow Chow have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Chow Chow have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
3-6 puppies

Chow Chow Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Chow Chows tend to escape less than other breeds.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Chow Chows handle alone time quite well.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low: The Chow Chow if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence.
  • Trainability: Chow Chows aren't famous for their trainability.
  • Hypoallergenic: Chow Chows don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Grooming: Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
  • Shedding Level: Chow Chows shed above average.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Average to High.
  • Mouthiness: Chow Chows have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Adaptability: Chow Chows don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Chow Chows are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Chow Chows are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Chow Chows are not dog-friendly.
  • Office Friendly: Chow Chow is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Chow Chows are not the best breed for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Chow Chows are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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Chow Chow Comments, Reviews & Questions

  • Mary

    Jun 11, 2020, 6:24:22 PM:

    Chow chows are the worst dogs ever! they bullied my hamster, bit my daughter, and are very stupid.

  • Rv

    Apr 11, 2020, 1:52:54 AM:

    This doesn't Add up