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CHOW CHOW

Breed Group: Natural Dog

For full breed standards, visit UK Kennel Club or American Kennel Club

Average height: 43 - 51 cms (17 - 20 in)

Average Weight: 20 - 32 kgs (45 - 70 lbs)

Coat Length: Medium

Life Span: 8 - 12 years

Colours: Red, Black, Blue, Frawn, Cream, White

HISTORY

Originating from ancient China, the Chow Chow is known for its lion-like appearance and unique blue-black tongue. Historically, they have been used for various roles including hunting, guarding, and pulling carts. Revered in Chinese culture, they are characterized by their regal and somewhat aloof nature.

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L.E.G.S.

Using the L.E.G.S.¬ģ model, our breed descriptions offer insights into typical behavior based on Genetics, Learning, Environment, and Self.¬†

Knowing¬†the¬†sort of 'job' a breed was¬†created¬†for can offer valuable insights into the type of life¬†dogs of that¬†breed would most enjoy. But bear in mind, they are all individuals, treat the following as an¬†indication of breed tendencies ‚Äď not a prediction.

Shedding

minimal <> considerable

Grooming

minimal <> likely to need professional grooming

Barking

relatively quiet <> very vocal

Predatory behaviour around other pets/livestock

low<>high

Response to strangers

happy to greet everyone <> very wary

Affectionate with family

not at all<>very cuddly

Playful

serious<>very playful

Focus on handler (bond)

independent thinker<>very biddable

Excitable/Impulsive

very calm<>easily aroused

Motivated

laid back<>obsessive

Easy to care for

suitable for inexperienced<>challenging

Exercise needs

minimal<>hours daily

Off-lead exercise needs

happy on lead<>needs plenty of freedom

Enrichment needs

basic<>needs challenges

WHY YOU'LL FALL IN LOVE WITH YOUR CHOW CHOW

  • Their dignified and independent nature
  • They're loyalty and devotion to their family
  • They are perceptive and intelligent with a keen awareness of their environment

WHY THEY MAY BE HARD TO LIVE WITH

  • Chows are naturally reserved around strangers
  • They have high grooming needs due to their thick coat
  • Their independent spirit reequires an understanding of how to train them to respond

YOUR CHOW CHOW PUPPY HIGHLIGHTS

Chow Chow puppies look particularly adorable with their fluffy coats and solemn demeanor but experience is needed to manage them while respecting their independent spirit..

 

YOU MAY NEED PROFESSIONAL HELP WITH:

  • Training that balances respect for their independence with cooperation!
  • Ensuring effective socialisation
  • Grooming techniques for that luxurious coat

YOUR RELATIONSHIP SURVIVAL KEY

Understanding and respecting their unique character. A structured environment with regular grooming and exercise routines to cater to both their physical and mental well-being.

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UPBRINGING

Raising a Chow Chow involves an approach that respects their proud and self-reliant nature. Ideal homes provide a stable and calm environment.

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LIFESTYLE

Chow Chows are suited to a lifestyle that accommodates their dignified nature. They thrive in environments that provide a blend of calm, structured routine, and opportunities for gentle exercise and mental stimulation.

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INTERESTS & HOBBIES

Chow Chows may engage in activities that allow for moderate exercise and mental engagement. Leisurely walks, light play, and interactive games that stimulate their curiosity are well-suited to their temperament.

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EDUCATION

Training a Chow Chow involves an understanding of their independent character. A patient, respectful approach, emphasizing positive reinforcement, is key to engaging them in learning activities.

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