Chow Chow

Also known as the Lion Dog, the magnificent Chow Chow has a teddy bear like appearance, with a thick plush coat and a distinctive blue-black tongue.

Chow Chow breed group


Size of the Chow Chow


Country of origin


Time of original development

The Chow Chow can be traced back 2,000 years in its native China. However, the breed did not arrive in the UK until the 1920s.

The Chow Chow through history

The Chow Chow  was originally used as a guard dog and a herder.

Chow Chow Breed introduction and overview

The Chow Chow is a stocky, robust dog with a thick, plush coat and teddy bear appearance. Curiously the Chow Chow also has a bluey black tongue.

Chow Chow temperament

The Chow Chow is an itelligent, strong-willed dog. It tends to form a very close bond with its master. The Chow Chow has a stubborn streak, and training and socialisation should be introduced from an early age to prevent the breed from attempting to become pack leader. The Chow Chow makes an excellent guard around the home. Care should be taken around other, unfamiliar dogs and contact with all other pets should be avoided. This is not an ideal family dog, despite the Chow Chows cute teddy bear appearance. The Chow Chow can be snappy if it feels provoked. This fascinating dog is best suited to an experienced handler with plenty of time to devote to it.

Colour varieties of the Chow Chow

The breed comes in a variety of colours which include:

  • Black
  • Blue
  • Cream
  • Fawn
  • Self Red
  • Shaded Red
  • White

Size and weight of the Chow Chow

Height bitch 46-51cms

Height dog 48-56cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 20-27kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 25-32kgs

Exercise requirements of the Chow Chow

The Chow Chow requires around an hour of exercise every day.

Is the Chow Chow a good dog for a first time dog owner?

No. The Chow Chow requires an expeienced handler with good knowledge of the breed.

Chow Chow coat length

The luxurious,thick, plush coat is medium in length and stands away from the body.

Grooming requirements of the Chow Chow

The Chow Chow requires daily grooming with a soft bristle brush to keep the coat matt and tangle free.


No. The breed sheds throughout the year making it an unsuitable choice of dog for allergy sufferers.

Health Issues in the Chow Chow

This is a fairly hardy and healthy dog with just a few reported health issues spotted in the breed, but do consult your breeder about the following known problems:

  • Heatstroke
  • Entropion

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Chow Chow

A healthy Chow Chow should enjoy a life expectancy of between 9-15 years, which is high for a dog of this size.

Approximate Chow Chow pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay up to £1,000 for a puppy, and be aware that available litters of puppies are few and far between. Register your interest with established reputable breeders, so they can notify you when a litter is expected. You may have to travel long distances to find your suitable puppy. There are generally 3-6 puppies in the average litter. Just 478 puppies were registered with the Kennel Club in 2015.

Estimating how much a Chow Chow would need to be fed each day

A dog or bitch weighing 25kgs will require around 330gms of complete dry food daily. The cost of feeding a 25kgs dog or bitch is around £8.00 per week.

Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality’ and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket. A good quality feed is suggested for the energetic dogs in the hound group.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual Vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment