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Kid friendly
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Chow Chow

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Breed Information
Popularity (2015) #73
Name Chow Chow
Other names Chow
Origin China
Breed Group Non Sporting (AKC:1903)Northern Breeds (UKC)
Size Medium
Type Purebred
Life span 12-14 years
Temperament AloofIndependentLoyalQuietIntelligentProtectiveDetached
Height 18 - 22 inches (46 - 56 cm)
Weight 45 - 70 pounds (20 - 32 kg)
Colors BlackBlueCinnamonCreamRed
Litter Size 3-6 puppies
Puppy Price Average $600 - $800 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 2 stars
Apartment Friendly 3 stars
Barking Tendencies 3 starsOccassional
Cat Friendly 2 stars
Child Friendly 2 starsNot Good with Kids: In isolation, this dog breed might not be the best option for kids. However, to mitigate the risks, have the puppy grow up with kids and provide it with plenty of pleasant and relaxed experiences with them. This breed is also friendly toward other pets and shy toward strangers.
Dog Friendly 1 stars
Exercise Needs 2 stars
Grooming 5 starsHigh Maintenance: Grooming should be performed often to keep the dog's coat in good shape. Professional groomers can be sought after for assistance.
Health Issues 3 starsThey are prone to suffer eye irritation called entropion, caused by eyelid abnormality; this can be corrected with surgery. Also prone to hip dysplasia, stomach cancer, hot spots and ear infections. Because of their relatively short muzzles they often snore.Hypoallergenic: No
Intelligence 3 starsRanking: #76
Playfulness 2 stars
Shedding Level 4 starsModerate Shedding: Expect this dog to shed regularly. Be prepared to vacuum often. Brushing will reduce shedding as well as make the coat softer and cleaner.
Stranger Friendly 1 stars
Trainability 2 starsDifficult Training: Training will be difficult, which might not be suitable for a first time dog owner. Patience and perseverance are required to adequately train it. Professional obedience schools can also be helpful.
Watchdog Ability 3 stars
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Buddy Bella
02 Cooper Daisy
03 Jack Lola
04 Toby Coco
05 Duke Luna
06 Toby Chloe
07 Tucker Roxy
08 Bear Bailey
09 Bailey Nala
10 Milo Abbie

The chow is an Arctic-type dog, powerful, squarely built and sturdy with heavy bone and strong muscular development. It is a breed suited for a number of tasks, rather than specializing in one, and its build reflects its ability to hunt, herd, pull and protect. It can have either a rough coat, which is straight and off-standing or a smooth coat, which is hard and smooth; both coat types have wooly undercoats, providing ample insulation from the cold. The characteristic straight angulation of the hind legs produces a short, stilted gait unique to the breed. The scowling expression and black tongue are essential components of breed type.

Dignified, even lordly, the chow chow conducts itself with reserve. It is not very demonstrative, even with its family, and is somewhat suspicious of strangers. It is independent and stubborn. It can be aggressive toward other dogs but is generally good with other household pets. It is serious and protective, devoted to its family.

While the origins of the Chow Chow remain unknown, they are an ancient breed which has lived in the southern provinces of China for hundreds of years, possibly thousands. They may have served as pointing dogs for the nobles, or they may have been bred for their pelts and meat in Manchuria and Mongolia. The name Chow Chow was first assigned when the dogs were imported to England in the late 1700’s, and means ‘nicknack’, probably because the breed was seen as an oriental curiosity (the name may have even been taken from the boxes in which the dogs were shipped). In China, the breed is known as a ‘Songshi Quan’, meaning ‘puffy lion dog’. Queen Victoria’s fascination with the breed drew increased attention to them, and beginning in the 1800’s many were imported to America. Chow Chows rocketed in popularity in the 1980’s, becoming America’s sixth most popular breed--but they are still eaten today in some areas of China.
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