The Chow Chow Dog Breed
Description: The Chow Chow is usually an independent and loyal dog breed who makes an excellent guard dog. The Chow Chow has a thick and double coat, which makes him suitable for cold weather. This dog breed's most distinctive features are its almost straight hind legs and its bluish-black tongue.
Country of Origin: The Chow Chow originated in China.
Height: Chow Chows range from 18 inches to 22 inches.
Weight: Chow Chows range from 45 to 75 pounds.
Colors: Chow Chows are typically black, sandy, blue, fawn, cream or white.
Coat: Chow Chows have either a rough or smooth coat. The rough coat has a longer and coarser outer coat, while the smooth coat has a shorter and sleeker outer coat. Both coats have a dense and wooly undercoat. Regular grooming is required. Extra brushing is needed during shedding season.
Temperament: The Chow Chow is an intelligent, independent and protective dog breed who tends to be loyal only to a few people. The Chow Chow can be unfriendly to people and very dog-aggressive. The owner of a Chow Chow should be confident and patient since the Chow Chow could be aggressive at times and resistant to training.
Health Concerns: The Chow Chow is susceptible to entropion, skin disorders and hip dysplasia
Life Expectancy: The expected life span of the of the Chow Chow is 8-12 years.
Living Environment: Chow Chows need daily exercise and attention. A house with a fenced yard is essential for this dog breed.
AKC Group: The Chow Chow is in the Non-Sporting group.