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GENERALBreed group: Non-Sporting Type: Pure Breed
Talent: Guarding, Watchdog
PHYSICALSize: Medium Weight: 45-70 lbs Fur length: Ears: Pointy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: Black, Dark Brown / Chocolate, Gray / Salt & Pepper, Light Brown / Golden, White / Cream
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: About 10-15 years Rarity: Common Availability: Easily available
Climate: Not good for warm climate
The Chow Chow originated in China and was bred to hunt smaller animals and to guard property. Today these dogs are used primarily for companions but in China are also considered a tasty morsel! These dogs are thought to be the original inspiration for the statues in front of Chinese temples called Fu lions. This breed is known for their fluffy coat and blue tongue! They are large and powerful dogs, which will often do the job when acting on guard. Their legs are straight, and their tail is a tight curl that touches their lower back. The Chow Chow has tiny triangular ears that are pricked upward and a short muzzle. The Chow Chow is a stubborn breed that can be very dominant and defensive of family or their territory. They are independent and enjoy time spent alone but also love the affection they get from their owners. As a family dog, this breed is not the best candidate due to their independent nature, but will get along well with children and other pets if they are raised with them.
The Chow Chow will come in a variety of colours such as tan, cream, gray, black, red or blue. Most commonly seen is the black but all 6 colours are accepted for showing purposes.
This breed has extremely thick fur that is straight and puffy. They have a double layered coat that has a rougher outer layer and a soft, plushy under layer. The Chow Chow will be either a rough or smooth haired coat type, but most popular are the rough coated.
The Chow Chow is a breed of dog that is not suggested for just any owner or family. They can be a very dominant breed that needs very firm training and their owners must have experience in raising or training more difficult dog breeds. These dogs will be devoted and affectionate to their master but will show no interest in anybody else. Their loyalty is renowned making them a great dog for the right owner. Socialization as a puppy will be thoroughly needed to ensure they can be well adjusted and familiar with dogs, people and other pets as adults. These dogs do not usually get along with dogs of the same sex but with extra socialization when they are young, this can be prevented.
This breed will need a moderate amount of grooming maintenance to keep them looking great. Brushing about 3 times per week and bathing every 2-3 months will be perfect for these dogs. The Chow Chow might be prone to a few eye ailments called ectropian and entropian. Hip dysplasia is common and they might be genetically inclined to inherit luxating patella's. Before buying a puppy, the parent's medical history should be checked to ensure that the mom and dad are healthy so they are birthing a healthy baby.
The Chow Chow will need very firm training from an owner that has experience. These dogs are dominant and will need their master to be more dominant than themselves so proper obedience training and house rules must be taught to this breed from the start. The Chow Chow is very clever but their stubborn attitude will slow down any process of obedience so patience, consistency and repetition will be very much needed to allow these dogs to grasp the training concept.
The Chow Chow will need at least a half an hour of exercise per day and a long walk or time spent roaming an off-leash park will do just fine. They are very laid back dogs that don't require extensive exercise. This breed will do well in an apartment but access to a backyard would be excellent so they can sniff around in an outside environment at home.