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.
Daily kibble serving
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.