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Chow Chow

The Chow Chow, or Chow for short, is a breed of dog, quite large in size, that was developed in Mongolia around 4000 years ago and was later introduced into China, where it became the breed we know today. The Chow Chow was bred for several different reasons, but it was mainly used as a utility dog, a hunting dog, a guard and watch dog and a cart or sled pulling dog. The Chow is a sturdily built dog that is square in profile. It has a dense, thick double coat and a distinctive blue/black tongue..


The Chow is an extremely loyal and affectionate dog to those it knows, especially to its master. The Chow is usually very wary of strangers and can be slow to warm to anyone unfamiliar. The breed should show no signs of timidity or aggression. Not very active, the Chow still demands some physical and mental stimulation and can get bored quite easily. The Chow should be socialized from a young age so that it can bond with small children and other dogs and pets. Not particularly intelligent and quite aloof in nature, the Chow can be difficult to train but does respond well to positive reinforcement methods of training.

  • Height, Weight

    Height: Dogs 18-22 inches (46-56cm) Bitches 18-22 inches (46-56cm)

    Weight: Dogs 45-70 pounds (20-32kg) Bitches 45-70 pounds (20-32kg)

  • Health Problems

    The Chow Chow is prone to hip dysplasia, stomach cancer and ear infections. They can also suffer from an eye irritation called entropion. They are also known to snore quite often and are sensitive to the heat.

  • Living Conditions

    The Chow Chow will be fine in apartments as long as it is sufficiently exercised. It is not very active while indoors and may prefer a larger household with a small yard or garden in which to do its own thing.

  • Exercise

    This breed is a rather lazy one and does not need a lot of exercise. However, it should be taken on daily walks, nothing too strenuous. Too much exercise can lead to bone and joint related health problems later in life.

  • Life Expectancy

    About 9-15 years

  • Litter Size

    Chow Chows tend to have around 4-6 puppies in a litter.

  • Grooming

    This dog needs to be groomed often, which means brushing and combing the coat every day. It should also be dry shampooed when necessary. Grooming should be started at an early age to keep the coat looking its best.

  • Group

    Northern, AKC Non-Sporting

  • Recognition