Chow Chow Dog Breed Facts & Information

Chow Chows are quiet but loyal creatures that will do anything for their owners. Though they are intelligent, they are also stubborn, so they do best when they are trained properly.

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They are known perhaps for being ancient dogs from China, or from their appearances on Martha Stewart's morning show. These fluffy dogs have a lot going on inside their heads, and it takes the love and dedication of an owner to ensure they feel well protected and calm.

The basics

Chow Chows are furry dogs with double coats that are recognized for their quiet and independent nature. While they are fiercely loyal to their owners, they can become shy around other people. Sometimes, they may even become aggressive. However, with dedicated owners who break through their Chow Chow's stubborn natures and train them, they can flourish. They grow into strong and sturdy dogs as adults, and their life expectancy is eight to 12 years.

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The history

Chow Chows are one of the oldest breeds in the world. They are shown in artifacts from China's Han Dynasty, which was around 206 b.c. They may even go back further than that. Back many years ago, they were companions for the Chinese nobles. Throughout time, they have been hunters, guardians and haulers. Chow Chows made their debut at the London Zoo in the 1820s as a wild dog of China. Later on, Queen Victoria got a pet Chow Chow. They came to America in the 1890s and became members of the American Kennel Club in 1903.

The personality

Chow Chows are independent dogs, and they are not known for being sociable. While they are loyal to their owners – perhaps because of their history as guardians owners – they can be aggressive towards other dogs and strangers. They require a lot of training, because they are typically stubborn. Owners that want a quieter pup are in luck, because Chow Chows are not big barkers.

The appearance

Chow Chows have medium/short double coats. They have two types of coats – either a straight, off-standing coat, which makes them look like teddy bears, or smooth and short coats. Their colors are black, blue, red, cream and cinnamon, and they have naturally droopy eyes and upright ears. They also have squashed faces, and their bodies fold, so they have wrinkles. Their bodies are square-shaped, and they have straight legs that give them a stilted gait. Chow Chows are strong pups with broad skulls and tails that curl up over their backs. They also have facial wrinkles, but these are not visible because of their hair.

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Chow Chow essential facts

  • Personality: Independent, protective, devoted
  • Energy Level: Low
  • Trainability: Chow Chows are very intelligent, but they are known for being difficult to train.
  • Good with Children: Yes, but supervision is recommended. They are good around children who are in the family, but not around other children. If children are running around the Chow Chow or petting it in a harsh manner, it could lash out and become aggressive.
  • Good with Other Dogs: Not good, since they are very independent dogs.
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Since Chow Chows have a lot of hair with their double coats, so they need to be brushed two to three times a week. A monthly bath is also recommended. Following the bath, owners should use a cool air dryer to dry their pups' coats.
  • Barking Level: Low
  • Height: Male, at the withers: 19 inches. Female, at the withers: 18 inches.
  • Weight: 45-70 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 8-12 years