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Chow Chow

avatarStephanie Lenoir LVT, VTS (ECC)

Height19-22"
Weight45-55 lbs
TypeNon-Sporting
Life Expectancy9-15 years
Area of OriginChina

Energy Level

Playfulness

Friendliness to dogs

Friendliness to strangers

exercise requirements

affection level

friendliness to other pets

watchfulness

Grooming Requirements

Vocality

The Chow Chow has a strong-will and stubborn temperament. Some people say they have an independent, cat-like personality. The Chow Chow makes a great watch or guard dog, since they're extremely wary of strangers. This breed is independent and prefers to spend time on their own. This is a breed that should have an experienced owner, as they can become aggressive with strangers and unfamiliar dogs. A signature trait for the Chow Chow is their black/blue tongue and lion's mane, which make them stand out from other breeds.  

Energy Level

Playfulness

Friendliness to dogs

Friendliness to strangers

exercise requirements

affection level

friendliness to other pets

watchfulness

Grooming Requirements

Vocality

How Long Have Chow Chows Been Around?

The Chow Chow is one of the oldest known dog breeds in the world. They originated from northern China about 2,000 years ago. There is also documentation of the Chow Chow originating in Ancient Asia over 3,000 years ago and migrating to China. The Chow Chow is believed to have been bred from a Tibetan Mastiff and Samoyed. The breed is known as the Songshi Quan in their native China, which roughly translates to “”puffy-lion dog.””

They were brought to Britain in 1780 and became extremely popular when Queen Elizabeth obtained a Chow puppy in 1915. In modern times, the Chow is an all-purpose dog breed that is used for hunting, herding, and home protection. The Chow was brought to the United States in 1890, and recognized and accepted by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1903.

How Long Have Chow Chows Been Around?

The Chow Chow is one of the oldest known dog breeds in the world. They originated from northern China about 2,000 years ago. There is also documentation of the Chow Chow originating in Ancient Asia over 3,000 years ago and migrating to China. The Chow Chow is believed to have been bred from a Tibetan Mastiff and Samoyed. The breed is known as the Songshi Quan in their native China, which roughly translates to “”puffy-lion dog.””

They were brought to Britain in 1780 and became extremely popular when Queen Elizabeth obtained a Chow puppy in 1915. In modern times, the Chow is an all-purpose dog breed that is used for hunting, herding, and home protection. The Chow was brought to the United States in 1890, and recognized and accepted by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1903.

Care

Chow Chow Nutrition

The Chow requires a high-quality diet to stay healthy. They are prone to a number of orthopedic diseases, so it is important to watch their calorie intake to ensure that they don’t overeat.

Caring for a Chow Chow

Chow Chow Nutrition

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What Diseases Are Chow Chows Prone To?

Can You Train a Chow Chow?

How Much Exercise Does a Chow Chow Need?

Chow Chow Nutrition

The Chow requires a high-quality diet to stay healthy. They are prone to a number of orthopedic diseases, so it is important to watch their calorie intake to ensure that they don’t overeat.

What Are the Physical Traits of a Chow Chow?

The Chow Chow has a large head that is covered with thick fur, which resembles a lion’s mane. Their average weight is 45 to 55 pounds. They measure 19 to 22 inches tall from their shoulders to the ground.

The Chow has a broad head with small, erect ears. They have a very short muzzle with facial wrinkles and folds, and wide-opened nostrils with a black nose. They have a blue and black tongue with a thick, well-muscled neck. The head and neck are carried proudly, as this breed is extremely confident.

The Chow is a medium-size breed with a large, deep barrel chest. They have a short, compacted trunk.

The Chow has a medium-length tail that is fully covered with dense hair. The tail is curved, curls upward, and sits high over the back of the dog.

Front legs and shoulders are well muscled and straight. Elbow joints are aligned well with the chest wall and are turned neither inward nor outward. They also have thick toe pads, as they were bred to be working, hunting, and herding dogs.

Black, blue, fawn, cream, and red are the Chow’s most common colors. Their hair coats can be smooth or rough to the touch.

Hind legs are strong, well-muscled, straight, and aligned with the front legs.

Chow Chow Facts

1

An unusual feature of the Chow Chow is that they have 44 teeth, which is two more than most dog breeds.

2

Puppies are born with a pink tongue, which turns a dark blue/black as they become adults.

3

Sigmund Freud owned a pair of Chow Chows in his later years. His first Chow was named Lun-yu. Freud thought that his Chows could tell when his patients felt depressed, as the dogs would sit closer to these patients. If the patient felt anxious, the Chows would sit further away. Freud also thought that his Chows could tell time. At the end of the therapy session, Lun-yu would yawn and walk to the door.

Other Breeds to Explore

Tibetan Mastiff
Samoyed
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References

  • Morris, Desmond. Dog: The Ultimate Dictionary of Over 1,000 Dog Breeds. Trafalgar Square, 2002.
  • American Kennel Club. The Complete Dog Book. Random House Digital, Inc., 2006.
  • Wilcox, Bonnie and Chris Walkowicz. The Atlas of Dog Breeds of the World. T.F.H Publications, Inc., 1995.

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