Species group: Non-Sporting Group dogs
The ancient Chow Chow probably dates back more than 3,000 years and may be one of the first recognizable dog breeds to emerge from the wolf. In old China they were bred for food and pelts, as well as being developed into powerful working dogs that guarded temples and pulled carts, among their other duties. To this day, they seem to have a different personality from other breeds-- aloof, somewhat serious, demanding careful training so that they don't become one-person dogs. If they aren't socialized early, their aggression and territoriality could result in a problem animal. This breed is probably best left for the experienced dog owner who can calmly and patiently establish dominance without offending the Chow's dignity.
Appearance / health:
Chow Chows are small stocky dogs with a lion-like mane or ruff. The skull is broad and flat. The muzzle is short and broad. The ears are small and rounded. The almond-shaped dark brown eyes are deep set and placed wide apart and obliquely. A unique feature of these dogs is that they have blue-black tongues though at birth the color is pink. The broad nose is black with well-opened nostrils. The body is strong and muscular. The tail is fluffy and carried closely to the back.
Regular grooming is necessary to keep the coat in good condition. Brushing with a pin and rake brush is done two or more times a week. The ruff of the Chow Chow must be handled with care.
They require regular exercise in the form of short jogs and walks.
Chow Chows are prone to entropion, a turning-in of the eyelashes. Skin problems and allergic reactions are common. Hip dysplasia, a condition marked by abnormal hips, occurs in a significant number of dogs.
Behavior / temperament:
Chow Chows are quite different from other breeds, displaying a set of behaviors similar to a cat. They are as reserved and intelligent as cats. They may not always enjoy cuddling by children or strangers. They may bark at unfamiliar people and situations. Some Chow Chows may be extremely aggressive or timid though these behaviors are less desirable. They are not destructive or disobedient. Most problems arise due to lack of proper training and socialization.
Chow Chows are generally well behaved giving the impression that they do not need training. However, as they grow up, they may become more difficult to control. Early training and socialization is necessary. Training needs to be consistent, firm, and patient. They are average learners.
They are not very noisy though they like to bark.
protective dog, excellent guard dogs, proud beauty, wonderful pets, cold weather, tremendous strength
hip issues, aggression, dominant dogs, adult strangers, constant grooming, warm climate
independent thinker, dominant character, purple tongues, dangerous dog list, consistent training
"My Chow Chow came with a warning from the adoption agency, that I would need to have chow experience. I didn't, but it was love at first sight and she took to me quickly enough I was given the ok to take her home. <br>She was a very aloof dog, similar to most Chows, not demanding of attention or play time. This is not the breed for those wanting a bubbly lap dog. However her fierce loyalty was a fantastic trade off. She was always at the door, wagging her tail when I came home, and followed me into rooms before laying down and facing the doors in a protective gesture. <br>The fur was... Everywhere. Fluffy and soft, shedding was an issue, but with proper grooming it was controlled (vacuuming a lot was worth such a sweet tempered fluff ball). <br>I would definitely adopt another chow again. They can be relatively high maitenence and can be very stubborn, but that loyalty is such a great trait.."
From WanderingPets Sep 30 2015 7:44PM
"My wife owned 2 Chow Chows while we were dating. It took a little time for them to warm up to me but once they did, they treated me as part of the family. Both dogs were very protective of my wife and would let strangers know not to try any funny business. Grooming is fairly intensive if you do not stay on it. Be sure to regularly brush their fur out, cut out any knots, and take them to the groomers or else you're going to have a hairy mess on your hands. Both Chow Chows were crate trained and it took no effort to get them back into their crates at night. You simply had to tell them it was bed time and they would run straight into their crates. These dogs, in general, are very protective so keep an eye on them if you are expecting company or a delivery. Other than that, they are great dogs and make a great family pet!."
From Jacob1985 Sep 18 2015 2:09PM
"We got Dozer when he was still a puppy from a local hobby breeder. We kept him indoors along with our cat for about six months. The reason we started keeping him outdoors instead is because he would chew on any item he would come across. He also left urine marks on the floor and furniture whenever he would lay down. <br>From then on and forward he lived outside in our yard in the Bahamas, which wasn't the perfect condition for such a fluffy dog. We trimmed his fur because of the heat but he tried biting the groomer. <br>He served as an excellent guardian as he would always notify us when someone walked passed or stopped by our house. Unfortunately he was aggressive which resulted in him biting a family member's hand really badly. <br>We had to put him down as he got infested with parasites (maggots) in his fur, and they hurt him really bad before we discovered them.."
From Silfver Aug 21 2015 3:08PM