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The Characteristics Of The Chow Chow Dogs

The Characteristics Of The Chow Chow Dogs

Life Span: 13-15 years
Special Skills: Known for ability as hunting dog
Suitability with Children: Depends, best suited with older children
Suitability with Other Pets: No, as Chow Chow Dogs have a tendency towards aggressive behavior
Living Conditions: Chow Chow Dogs will adapt to different living environments, but should live in a cool weather environment as they may overheat in warm weather because of their dense coat
Trainability: Strong willed and intelligent so may be difficult to train.
Intelligence: High
Exercise Required: Medium
Cost of Maintenance: Medium to High
Common Ailments: Fairly healthy, although prone to hip dysplasia, especially in larger Chows. May also be prone to genetic eye disorders.
Breed Characteristics: Often referred to as having the face of a lion, the Chow Chow, most often called the “Chow,” has become popular for their dense and soft but puffy coat that will keep them very warm in even the coldest weather. This makes them best suited for cooler climate zones, as well as with a family who has the time for extra coat care. Although the coat of a Chow is available in a variety of different colors, they are most commonly seen in black and cream or fawn. With little perky ears that barely stick out from underneath the puffy coat and a feathered tail that curls up the back, the Chow Chow always has a sweet and happy appearance. The weight of the breed varies significantly with averages ranging from 45-75 pounds and the average height being 20-22 inches.

Despite their sweet appearance, Chow Chow Dogs are known for being excellent watch and guard dogs as they are very protective of the home. Unfortunately this protectiveness can often turn into dominance towards other animals, so Chow Chows need to be carefully trained to avoid aggression problems. This may be tricky simply because Chows are also strong willed. While some owners will claim they have had training problems with Chows others claim because of their intelligence they are easy to train. They are especially loyal to their human family and can do really well with children if properly socialized.