The Chow Chow is not your average dog. Where other breeds will fawn over their owners and seek attention, the Chow Chow is more than happy to be independent and keep their own counsel, as befits a dog that used to be a companion to Chinese emperors.
There are some who would say that the Chow Chow acts more like a cat than a dog, and there’s some truth to that. After all, their impressive mane makes them look like a cross between a lion, a bear, and a dog.
Chow Chows aren’t naturally aggressive, but their loyalty to their owners and their protective nature make them good guard dogs.
Height43 to 51 cm at the shoulder
Weight40 to 70 pounds
Life Expectancy10 to 12 years
Coat ColoursBlack, blue, red, cream, cinnamon
Here are some of the qualities you can expect from the Chow Chow, rated from one to five stars. However, all dogs are individuals, and your dog may not display exactly the same characteristics.
Experts theorise that the Chow Chow is one of the oldest existing dog breeds in the world. Genetic testing has, so far, borne out this hypothesis, as well as physical evidence from China’s Han Dynasty. It’s said that one Chinese emperor kept thousands of them as hunting dogs.
They were used as hunting and guard dogs first, but would eventually also be used to herd livestock. Their loyalty and calm nature would make them a favourite with Chinese nobles.
Chow Chows would continue to be popular with other noble families. Queen Victoria was a fan of the breed, which would ensure its legacy as a royal dog.
When looking for a Chow Chow puppy, you should start with a responsible Chow Chow breeder. They will have the expertise to produce well-behaved, healthy puppies. Ethical breeders will test for common genetic issues and can advise you of the health profile of their dogs.
It’s also a good idea to visit your chosen breeder to meet the dam and stud, if possible. The temperament of the parents has a large impact on your puppy’s adult personality. It also gives you the chance to inspect the dogs’ living conditions. The whelping area should always be clean and free from any unwanted odours.
Yes, they are mostly fine to be left alone, as they enjoy their private time. Ensure that they have sufficient opportunity for enrichment with toys and puzzle feeders, and enough food and clean water to last them until you return.
No, they are not hypoallergenic despite their double coat. They do not shed very much, which may be helpful, but their fur, dander and drool can all trigger allergic reactions.
The information is for general use only. For any specific advice or queries, please consult with your veterinarian.
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