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Chow Chow Dog Breed Profile

Chow Chow
The Chow Chow was bred more than 2000 years ago.

Other Names:
Chow, The Dog with the Black Tongue

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Origin: China

Breed Purpose: Chow Chows were bred for pulling carts, guarding people and livestock, and for food.

Kennel Club Dog Group: Utility

Height: Bitch 26-32cm., Dog 48-56cm.

Weight: Bitch 20-25kg., Dog 26-32kg.

Lifespan: 10-15 years

Exercise Needs: The Chow needs half hour walks, twice daily. This breed has a tendency to be a little lazy and will remain inactive for long periods. They like being in the yard but must be brought inside on hot days as they are sensitive to heat.

Feeding Needs: Any high quality food suits this dog but they are susceptible to bloat so must be fed twice daily instead of one large meal.

Common Ailments: The Chow Chow is allergic to anaesthesia and also suffers with Entropion (eyelid problems).

Physical Description: A medium sized square-shaped, strong looking dog. Its unique feature is its dark blue-black tongue and mouth tissues. The Chow has a heavy head and muzzle and the whole head is surrounded by a ruff of long hair, making the dog look like a lion. The eyes are almond shaped and oriental looking. This dog views the world with a mysterious, thoughtful stare. Another unique physical trait is the Chow’s frowning expression formed by wrinkles on the forehead. The tail lies decoratively curled over on the back and adds to the beauty of this dog. The Chow Chow has a slight bend in the stifle and straight hocks resulting in a choppy, stilted gait. They move with short steps but despite the ungainly gait this dog can move rapidly with strength and endurance. The coat is either rough or smooth. Most common is the long haired type that has an outer layer of coarse hair that does not tangle easily and a soft thick undercoat. The short haired dog has a hard, dense and smooth coat. There are five coat colours. They are red, (light golden to deep mahogany) black, blue, cinnamon, (light fawn to deep cinnamon) and cream.

Chow Chow K9 Obedience Dog Breed Summary:

The Chow Chow dog is highly intelligent and of an independent nature.

The outward appearance of this dog suggests the nobility of a lion and the dog’s dignity and aloofness can mistakenly be taken for bad temper or aggression.

Due to this breed’s character they do need intense socialisation and consistent dog training from an early age. This, together with firm handling will result in a family pet that does like to be hugged and played with but that can still retain their independent personality.

The Chow Chow is not for the average family and can be more suited to an individual owner with whom they can bond on a one to one basis.
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