The Chow Chow is a beautiful protective dog that has a small head of her own. She is able to stand very cold weather because of her double coat. She is able to live in an apartment as long as she gets regular walks but might prefer a fenced enclosure for the exercise. She can tend to be a 1 person dog and she needs a firm hand to be her master.

Good With Children?

She’s generally good with kids in the family as long as she’s been socialized. As a reminder, never leave a young child unsupervised with a dog or puppy.

Good With Other Pets?

She can do OK with other pets as long as she’s socialized together at an early age.

Training capability

Very high in intelligence and very trainable but may lack of obedience. She’s very strong willed.

Approximate Adult Size

Most dog breeds possess specific inherited health problems associated with that specific breed and the Chow Chow is no exception. Start looking for Entropion, (hereditary illness in which clitoris, usually lower one, rolls inward and irritates the cornea and can lead to visual problems. Surgery can correct this condition but may disqualify the puppy from shows), canine hip dysplasia (genetic based looseness in the hip joint which may result in arthritis pain and lameness), ingrown eye lashes and hot skin spots. This disease list is an informative guideline only. Other diseases may also be significant dangers, please contact your veterinarian for a complete list.

She should pay a visit to the veterinarian several times in the first year for shots, boosters and check up. As she gets older, six years and forth, she should visit the veterinarian twice a year for check ups and shots. Remember; avoid feeding your dog candies.

Grooming

The Chow Chow comes in two kinds of coats, rough and smooth, both coats are double coated. She should be brushed regularly. She is a seasonally heavy shedder so brushing will help control excess hair, help her keep a healthy and clean coat and allow you to maintain a closer eye on her health and strengthen your emotional bond with her.

Her teeth should be brushed at least twice per week with toothpaste and toothbrush designed for dogs. Brushing removes the accumulation of tartar and plaque which can cause cavities (rarely) and bacterial disease. Dog periodontal disease may cause pain, loss of teeth, bad breath and other serious illness.

Her toenails might have to be analyzed for growth and trimmed frequently. The toenails of the back feet grow slower than the toenails of the front feet. Normally a guillotine type trimmer is the very best for the chore and capable instructions to accomplish this is seen on the net.

Life Span

The Chow Chow can live between 12 and 15 years with good nutrition, medical care and excellent living conditions.

History

The Chow Chow is a northern Chinese historical breed. She was an all purpose dog used for hunting, pulling, herding and security. Some were even used for foog and pelts. In reality, Chow Chow is Cantonese for meals. They were registered with the American Kennel Association in 1903.