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Chow Chow


Chow Chow



The Chow Chow has been known in China for thousands of years and because it has some spitz characteristics it was assumed that this dog descended from spitz forebears or is itself an ancestor of some of the spitz breeds. Originally used as a hunting dog, it has been reported that this breed was a source of fur pelts and food in Manchuria and Mongolia. It was only in the late 1700s when dogs were sent to England along with other Chinese importations that the name Chow Chow was adopted. The breed's distinctive noble look has always attracted fanciers, but in the 1980s the breed escalated in popularity amongst pet owners, ultimately peaking as the sixth-most popular breed in America.



This quite lordly, reserved and even dignified looking breed, is not very demonstrative with its family and is even somewhat suspicious of strangers. Being independent and stubborn, it can be aggressive toward other dogs but is generally good with other household pets. Even though it can be quite serious and protective, this great dog is very devoted to its family.



Height: 46-56cm  (18-22in)

Weight: 20-32kg  (45-70lb)

Group: Utility Dog

The Chow Chow has two distinctive features, its blue-black tongue and its almost straight hind legs making it appear like it has a rather stilted walking style. It wears a profuse, dense furry coat and comes in two varieties, smooth and rough coat. The colours most common are solid red, black, blue, cinnamon and cream, but it can also come in tan, gray, or white and sometimes having lighter or darker shades, but never parti-colored. With its rounded and small ears, there is a huge ruff behind the head, giving it a lion like appearance and a tail which is thickly covered with hair and carried over its back.



Regular brushing of their long coat is important to maintain the lifted, standing-out look and as this breed is a seasonal heavy shedder; extra care is required when shedding its dense undercoat. If you don't have the time to bath or groom your dog, your local  dog grooming parlour provides these services.


Life Expectancy

15 Years


Health Concerns

Generally these dogs are quite healthy other than being prone to hip dysplasia and can suffer from an eye irritation called entropion, caused by eyelid abnormality which can be corrected with surgery. Always try to feed quality dog food to ensure a healthy happy dog.



Fairly inactive indoors, a small yard or an apartment would be sufficient if they are exercised on a regular basis. It can also live outdoors if need be but it is quite sensitive to heat.  Known to be a bit on the lazy side, taking them on daily walks will reduce their boredom and any behavior problems.


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The Chow Chow is not suited to hot climates due to the thickness of their coats.


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