Chow Chow

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Chow Chow

Chow Chow Overview

Nope, this isn't a baby lion or bear. The unique Chow Chow has one of the most distinct looks of all canines. Its full mane of fluffy hair, perked triangular ears, and deep-set eyes are sure to turn heads. Originating from ancient China, the Chow tracks back thousands of years. They were hunters, guard dogs and, unfortunately for them, dinner. Today, they are loyal, attentive and dignified companions. The Chow’s rolled face and furry coat might make you think it’s the ultimate teddy bear. However, they usually don’t mind being alone, and prefer to skip the mushy-gushy stuff. Chows are aloof and independent, but also very devoted to their human companions. They have a personality like a cat, but a temperament like a guard dog. Your fearless friend will guard its family and let strangers know they are not welcome. Their bark can be powerful and expression may look mean, but a well-raised Chow should never be aggressive. Because they're protective and territorial, early socialization as a puppy is very important. Chows aren’t picky on household arrangements, and do well in both apartment and house settings. They don’t require a ton of exercise, so a long daily walk should suffice. Be careful with extensive activity on hot summer days, as the thick coat of the Chow can cause them to overheat. When a Chow is exercised properly, they are happy to relax for the remainder of the day. If you admire the Chows independent spirit and unique look, you'll find yourself a fiercely loyal friend. 

Did you know?

Chow Chows are very bad swimmers. Their coat may look incredibly stylish, but it can cause issues when they’re in the water.

Chow Chow Stats

    Popularity ranking**
    17-20 in / 45-70 lbs (M)
    Average lifespan
    8-12 years
    Activity level
    Little to none
    Barking level
    Little to none
    Coat length

    Caring for your breed

    Daily serving

    Daily kibble serving

    3-5 cups

    Daily exercise

    Daily exercise

    2 hours


    Grooming frequency

    Brushed regularly

    Dog Food

    Feeding your Chow Chow

    Chows need a healthy and nutritious diet of good quality food. A high-quality diet has minimal artificial flavors and few preservatives. Deep-chested dogs such as the Chow swallow lots of air when they eat, making them prone to bloat. Mixing their dry kibble with water can help prevent swelling. Chows sometimes have difficulty digesting protein, so be aware of ingredients when choosing a product. Contact your vet if you notice any skin problems or allergic reactions.


    *Contrary to popular belief, there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs. There are breeds, however, that have non-shedding coats and are suited well to allergy sufferers.
    **The breed popularity ranking is based on the most current ranking of the American Kennel Club (AKC)

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