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Chow Chow

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Breed Information
Popularity 2016: #742015: #732014: #70
Name Chow Chow
Other names Chow, Chowdren
Origin China
Breed Group Non Sporting (AKC:1903)Northern Breeds (UKC)
Size Medium
Type Purebred
Life span 13-15 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 starsThe Chow Chow will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. It is relatively inactive indoors and a small yard is sufficient. Sensitive to heat, can live in or outdoors in cooler weather.
Barking Tendencies 6 starsFrequent
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 starsChow Chows can be lazy, but need to be taken for a daily walk. Dogs that do not get to go on daily walks are more likely to display a wide array of behavior problems.
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. (See All Rankings)
Playfulness 2 stars
Shedding Level 4 starsConstant and Seasonal Shedding: Chow breed will heavily shed their fur in the seasons of spring and fall, which requires more grooming attention than other seasons. It is important that owners use the correct tool in order to avoid harming the skin and facilitate grooming.
Stranger Friendly 1 stars
Trainability 2 starsDifficult Training: The Chow Chow is not known as the most obedient dog in the world, but some will learn quickly. Some experts say the short-haired variety learns faster than the long-haired variety. In either case, training must be consistent and firm. Some Chow Chows may be resistant to leashes and collars.
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
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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.

The Chow Chow originated in Asia thousands of years ago. While the ancestors of this breed are unknown, the breed can be traced back at least 2,000 years to the Han dynasty of China. The Chow Chow originated as a sporting dog, used by Chinese aristocrats to hunt pheasant and partridge. The name “Chow Chow” is derived from pidgin-English slang used by sea captains to describe the contents of cargo crates full of miscellaneous Chinese goods. These oriental dogs became popular during the Victorian era in England and first appeared in the United States in 1890. Today, the Chow Chow is primarily a family companion and guard dog.