Chow Chow

Also Called: Chow Panda Dog

Chow Chow
Friendliness High
Kid Friendly High
Pet Friendly High
Exercise Needs Rigorous
Playfulness High
Energy Level High
Trainability Average
Intelligence High
Tendency To Bark Low
Amount Of Shedding Medium

The Chow Chow is a loyal companion. Its original purpose was to be a hunting and guard dog, and although in modern times they are primarily family pets, they still show traits consistent with this original purpose.

Breed Overview

  • Group: Non-Sporting
  • Life Span: 10-15 years
  • Height: Medium
  • Weight: Medium
  • Coat: Short
  • Coat Colors: Black,White
  • Litter Size: 4-6
  • Family: Spitz / Nordic Breeds
  • Hypoallergenic: false
  • Recognition: AKC
  • Size: Medium

Training and Care

Chow Chows are an independent breed, so training can be difficult. Socialization is key when they are puppies, as well as establishing consistent rules and boundaries. Obedience training should be done with consistent and positive reinforcement. Because of their size, owners need to be consistent to show the pup that they are in charge.

Diet and Nutrition

Chow Chows are prone to obesity, so it's important to monitor their diet carefully. A well-balanced diet of high-quality dog food should be supplemented with vegetables and fruits. Many owners also provide supplements, such as fish oil, for added nutrition. Treats should be limited, as Chow Chows are prone to gaining weight easily.

Health Problems

Chow Chows are generally healthy, however, they are prone to certain breed-specific health problems. These include hip dysplasia, entropion, patellar luxation, and allergies. Regular vet visits and preventative care are essential for keeping your Chow Chow healthy.

Breed History

The Chow Chow is believed to be one of the oldest breeds, originating in China over 2,000 years ago. Initially, they were bred mainly as hunting and guard dogs, but in modern times, they are primarily kept as companion animals.

Where to Buy or Adopt

Chow Chows are available from breeders, pet stores, and rescue organizations. The cost for purchasing a pup can range from $500 to $1,500. Adoption fees are typically around $300, while a rescue organization may charge an adoption fee of $150 to $400, depending on the circumstances.

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