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Chow Chow / Collie Mix

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Is the Chow Chow / Collie Mix right for you?

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The basics:
RightPet does not advocate the intentional cross-breeding of purebred dogs. But the reality is that most dogs available for adoption at shelters and rescues are mixed breeds. We think it might be helpful to hear from owners of these mixes to see what traits can be found in these dogs who are desperately needing homes.

The first generation Chow Chow / Collie Mix is a cross between a pure Chow Chow and a pure Collie, although subsequent generations may have different proportions of the two breeds in the mix. This isn't a common mix, but you may occasionally encounter it in a rescue. These dogs can be beautiful, but be aware that they could present a challenge.

Appearance / health:
It's impossible to predict the exact traits inherited by a mixed-breed dog. In this case, the appearance of your pet could be very different depending on whether the Collie or the Chow-Chow traits dominate. Many individuals do look very fluffy, and some have the black tongue.

Behavior / temperament:
While it's impossible to predict the exact personality of a mixed-breed dog, you should expect the Chow Chow / Collie Mix to represent a genuine challenge to some owners. The Collie is sensitive, highly intelligent, and loves having an important job to do outdoors. The Chow-Chow was also bred to do hard work outdoors, but it seems to hold itself a little more apart. Sometimes this mix might be stubborn if it feels you aren't a true alpha. It's not necessarily easy to figure out what tactics to use to get the best out of this cross. Be an observant dog owner who can establish your leadership with clarity, kindness, and consistency. A bored Chow Chow / Collie Mix will find a way to cause problems.

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