Height: 17”- 20”
Weight: 45 lbs - 70 lbs
Lifespan: 9 - 15 years
Average Litter Size: 5 puppies
Colors: Solid red, black, blue, cinnamon, and cream
Chow Chow originated from China more than 2,000 years ago. They were an all purpose breed used for hunting, herding, pulling, and protection.
This breed is a dignified and aloof dog. They are most polite, patient, very loyal and friendly with their family, but exceedingly reserved with strangers. Some Chow Chow will become attached and overly protective of one particular member of the family.
Chow Chow requires a firm, experienced owner. They are stubborn and have a mind of their own. It is necessary to give them intense, extensive, and ongoing training in both socialization and obedience at an early age.
The Chow Chow has an abundant and profuse double coat that comes in two different varieties: smooth or rough. The fur is particularly thick around the neck area and resembles a lion's mane.
The outer coat is coarse supported by a dense under coat. Their coat requires considerable grooming. Grooming should start at early age on a daily basis. When the adult coat comes in the puppy, regular bathing and grooming will allow new coat to come out properly.
Chow Chow does not require a lot of exercise but they like outdoors, they are quite happy doing their own things in the backyard. However, they have to stay in a shaded area to keep them from warm and hot weather. Their thick coat is not suited for hot climate.