Chow Chows were initially used for hunting and guarding purposes. Today we are first and foremost family dogs. Many also use us as show dogs.
One can say a lot about Chow Chows. We are dogs rich with personality that can easily be misunderstood. We are stubborn and may not always obey commands.
Born in the "wrong" body?
We have been compared to cats because we usually do what we want when we want.
Our owners know we do this as a result of our intelligence. Strangers think we are stupid or lazy. However, the difference is that we choose not to do something because of our own will. We know what to do; we just don't feel like it.
We will not listen to strangers regardless of the situation. We tend only to listen to our favourite human.
Chow Chows are friendly and will rarely be aggressive towards people or animals. At the same time, we are more than capable of defending ourselves. We will not hesitate to do so if we have to.
We can get along with other dogs and pets if we are introduced from an early age.
Chow chows are tolerant towards children.
How much activity does a Chow chow need?
Like all dogs, we need daily exercise to stay in shape both mentally and physically. That said, we require relatively little activity compared to many other breeds.
Daily, a couple of 20-minute walks will be enough. However, some individuals can require more. Much of this depends on what the dog gets used to from the beginning.
We love freedom and are independent, which means we often manage to entertain ourselves outdoors.
Many Chow chows live in apartments without the opportunity to play in the garden. In such cases, it is essential to take us for daily walks.
Please note that we do cope well with heat. On the hottest summer days, we should stay inside with access to shade and fresh water.
What we sound like.
Chow Chows are not known to be a vocalizing breed. Most of us only bark in specific situations, such as when strangers arrive or if we feel threatened.
Below you will find an example of how a proper Chow chow bark can sound:
Chow chows are available in two variants. One variant is short-haired, while the other is long-haired.
Short-haired Chow Chows require slightly more care than long-haired ones. Both require a modest amount of maintenance.
Chow Chows are generally a healthy breed.
Like all other dog breeds, some diseases/conditions are affected. Most common is elbow joint dysplasia and problems with our eyelids. The latter means that our eyelids can roll backwards, which leads to irritation/damage to the eyeball. If we struggle with this, we will often rub our eyes. The condition can be treated surgically.
Healthy Chow chows have a life expectancy of 10-12 years.
Height of male dogs: 48-56cm
Height of bitches: 46-51cm