The Chow Chow (Chow for short) has a bulky build with a stocky and furry body that resembles a teddy bear. Despite their fluffy appearance, these are dignified and serious dogs that are not overly affectionate, and will often require their own space. As an owner you must establish a relationship of mutual respect towards them and they will give you affection and devotion in return. One of their distinctive physical features is their blue-black tongue and their almost straight rear legs. They usually mind their own business however there is a tendency of aggression towards other dogs of the same gender. Since they are suspicious of strangers, its recommended that they are socialised to many people as a puppy.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Chows can adapt easily to any living environment and they should always live indoors with the family. When raised with children they are accepting although they do not tolerate abuse and may do better in a home with older children who know how to treat them. They are naturally clean with their cat-like tendencies to clean themselves. They are also very easy to house break however it's still recommended that you go through crate training with them to make the process easier. A nice place to retreat to will be greatly appreciated by your Chow. Grooming requirements depend on the type of coat - a smooth coated Chow needs brushing only weekly, whilst a rough coat should be brushed every other day. Both varieties shed heavily twice a year.
Common Health Issues
Hip and Elbow Dysplasia, Patellar Luxation, Autoimmune Thyroiditis, Cataracts, Distichiasis, Glaucoma, Pemphigus foliaceous, Melanoma, Gastric Torsion.