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Height: 18 – 22 inches Weight: 45 – 75 lbs.
Colors: Black, red, blue, fawn and cream. Coat: Rough, abundant, dense and coarse with a pronounced ruff around head and neck. Smooth, has a hard dense outer coat with a soft undercoat with no ruff or feathering on their legs and tail.
Temperament: Chow Chows are alert, independent, strong-willed With Children: With mature children only. With Pets: May be aggressive toward other dogs and cats; supervision may be required. Special Skills: In the past, a hunting dog. Today, a family pet.
Watch-dog: Yes Guard-dog: Yes – excellent. They are haughty, and will guard food, bones, toys and their areas of the house.
Care and Training: Regular grooming of the Chow is necessary because of their dense coat to prevent matting. Extra care is needed during shedding. Dry shampoo when necessary. Professional grooming is suggested to give Chows the lion clip look. Chows have a tendency to be lazy but will be a healthier dog if given regular exercise like a good daily walk. They can be a challenge to train because of their strong-will. Training should begin early as a puppy. Learning Rate: High intelligence, good trainability if positive reinforcement is used, low in obedience.
Activity: Low Living Environment: House with a fenced yard; daily exercise and attention.
Health Issues: Entropion, hip dysplasia.
Life Span: 12 – 15 years Litter Size: 3 – 6
Country of Origin: China History: The name Chow Chow is from the Cantonese word for food. Developed by either the Siberians or Mongolians they probably began when primitive spitz types were crossed with eastern Mastiff-type dogs. Original used as a temple guard dog, they later became favored as a hunting dog of the Chinese emperors. The blue-black tongue Chows appeared in Great Britain by the late 18th century.
First Registered by the AKC: 1903 AKC Group: Non-Sporting Class: Non-Sporting Registries: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 5), KC (GB), UKC