A Chow Chow is, by all means, a head-turner. You would definitely be stopped in your tracks to admire this furry pooch. They look a lot like teddy bears or even a lion. They are known for their blackish-blue tongue. They are quite affectionate and will take to one person in the household and they do make terrific pets. Discover more about our Chow Chow puppies for sale below!
History of Breed
The Chow Chow dog breed originated in China and is known to date to the Han dynasty (206 bc–ad 220). This breed of dog is believed by many to be one of the oldest of all breeds and is genetically very similar to the wolf. The name “Chow Chow” derived from an English term used in the 19th century to refer to cargo from the Orient. This breed has remained a very well-liked breed for generations around the world.
Personality and Temperament
This breed is a very upbeat and energetic breed that enjoys the company if his family. They are also loyal and at times protective. They enjoy socializing with other dogs and quickly form a bond with their family. The Chow Chow does tend to train easily and loves the attention he receives after mastering a new trick. They have approachable demeanors and all-around very good personalities.
Appearance and Grooming
Chow Chows require daily and thorough brushing. Many find that using a large slicker brush, a pin brush and a metal comb work well in keeping their thick and luxurious coats looking great. Using the slicker brush to thoroughly brush your Chow Chow’s legs is also important. Routine nail clipping will help this pup feel his and look his best.
Care and Feeding
Chow Chows are relatively active dogs and do need ample amounts of energy to feel their best. The correct ratio of meat-based protein and micronutrients, as well as healthy carbs and fats, will keep this breed healthy. Many Chow Chow owners recommend feeding this dog two meals a day, spaced about twelve hours apart. It is also very important to remember to provide your dog with proper dental care. It is suggested that his teeth get cleaned a minimum of three times a week. Failing to keep his teeth clean can contribute to health issues.
Breed Size and Life Expectancy
The Chow Chow stands between seventeen to twenty inches tall.
This breed weighs between fifty to seventy-five pounds.
The average life expectancy for this breed is between nine to fifteen years.
Interesting Breed Facts
Fact: The Chow Chow is one of the oldest dog breeds in existence today.
Fact: Unlike other breeds, Chow Chows have completely straight legs which do not bend like most dogs. This gives them their recognizable ‘stilted gait’ while they walk.
Fact: Chow Chows have a unique, deep blue-black tongue. Interestingly, as puppies, they start with a pink tongue, but then it goes darker as they get older.
Ten Frequently Asked Questions about the Chow Chow
Are Chows suitable for first-time dog owners?
No. They grow up to be quite independent and strong dogs and they are no mean feat for a first-time dog owner.
Do Chows have prey drive?
Chows are known to be hunting dogs and as such tend to chase anything smaller. They have a high prey drive even in domestic environments.
Are Chows playful?
Chows are playful in a different way. They are not given to the classic fetch game and they take longer to respond to things.
Can Chows adapt to apartment living?
No. They are more suitable for homes which have a back garden so they get to express themselves. They really don’t do well in apartments.
Can Chows be left alone?
They develop separation anxiety when they are left alone for long periods of time. They are suitable for people who work from home.
Do Chows bark excessively?
No. They will only bark to alert their owners and are not known to be barkers just for the fun of it.
Do Chows like water?
No. They do not. Their coats alone could pull them down when wet.
Are Chows good watchdogs?
Yes, they are.
Why are Chows aggressive?
They are naturally hunting dogs and tend to be aggressive with other dogs of the same sex or cats. If not checked, it could be an issue in adulthood.
Do Chows like to cuddle?
No. They prefer some level of self-autonomy and are very independent. They do not love to snuggle or cuddle.
Petland is honored to offer first-class Chow Chow puppies and our caring team of puppy specialists will help answer any questions you may have.