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.
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 was originally used as a guard dog and a herder.
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.
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.
The breed comes in a variety of colours which include:
Height bitch 46-51cms
Height dog 48-56cms
Weight (kilos) bitch 20-27kgs
Weight (kilos) dog 25-32kgs
The Chow Chow requires around an hour of exercise every day.
No. The Chow Chow requires an expeienced handler with good knowledge of the breed.
The luxurious,thick, plush coat is medium in length and stands away from the body.
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.
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:
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.
A healthy Chow Chow should enjoy a life expectancy of between 9-15 years, which is high for a dog of this size.
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.
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.
Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including: