Quick Stats for the Chow Chow Dog Breed
- Height (at the shoulders): 18 – 22 inches (46 – 56 cm)
- Weight: 45 – 70 pounds (20 – 32 kg)
- Life Expectancy: about 15 years
- AKC Group: Non-Sporting Group – AKC recognized in 1903
- Shedding: seasonal heavy shedder
- Living Conditions: okay in apartment (with sufficient exercise); relatively inactive indoors; okay with a small yard
Personality of the Chow Chow Dog Breed
The Chow Chow is believed to be one of the top rated watchdogs. They are very protective and cautious when it comes to defending and guarding their families. Because of this strong protective instinct they are very wary of strangers and other animals. They are quite good with children however.
They are not really playful dogs and can be a bit of a challenge to train.
Because of their short muzzles, these dogs will often snore.
History of the Chow Chow Dog Breed
The exact origin of the Chow Chow is not quite known. What is known is that this dog breed has been extremely popular in China for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. There are pictures depicted on ancient Chinese pottery of dogs closely resembling the Chow Chow.
The original purpose of the Chow Chow is thought to have been as a hunting dog. They were used to sniff out and find birds. Over time, the quality of the breed started to decline and their numbers steadily declined. However, a few of these dogs were kept inside monasteries, and with a few wealthy families.
The breed may be related to the Chinese Shar Pei, since both breeds can be traced back to China, and both have the distinctive black and blue mouth.
The name “Chow Chow” is believed to have originated from an old English slang term for all the odds and ends that were brought to England from the Far East during the 1800s.
During the late 1800s, the first Chow Chows made their way to the United States from England. Queen Victoria took a great interest in this breed, which helped their popularity to grow.
The breed was officially registered by the American Kennel Club in 1903 as a member of the Non-Sporting Group.
The Chow Chow dog breed Care and Grooming
Chow Chows are not very tolerable of hot and humid weather. They would rather enjoy a nice cold day. Keep that in mind when you take them outdoors for exercise and other activities.
As far as exercise goes, a daily brisk walk should be sufficient.
Grooming their smooth, thick coat requires at least a weekly brushing with a good dog brush, perhaps a Chris Christensen pin brush.
These dogs are seasonal heavy shedders. Take extra care when they are shedding their thick undercoat. During shedding season, you may want to brush their coats every other day.
Health Problems of the Chow Chow dog breed
The average life expectancy of the Chow Chow dog breed is about fifteen years.
Major health concerns for this breed are:
- CHD (Canine Hip Dysplasia)
- patellar luxation
Minor health issues include:
- stenotic nares
- elbow dysplasia
- gastric torsion