|Dog Breed Group:||Non-Sporting|
|Height:||17 to 20 inches at the shoulder|
|Weight:||40 to 70 pounds|
|Life Expectancy:||12 to 15 years|
Chow Chows’ appearance is one of the most unique among all dog breeds. Often compared to a lion or a bear, they have a fluffy double coat, making them look bigger. Chows have a constant grumpy face and characteristic bluish-black tongue. Their straight hind legs give them an almost stilted gait. The tail is high set and curves over the back. The Chow Chow’s coat is either rough or smooth and comes in five different colors: red, black, cream, blue, and cinnamon, with red being the most popular.
Chows are notorious for their independence, which can become problematic without proper and consistent training and socialization. Chow Chows have a tendency to bond to their family and may be standoffish with strangers in most cases. Before taking your Chow Chow around children, be sure that your dog has been well socialized with children and the children have been carefully taught how to safely interact with dogs. Therefore, Chow Chows are more suitable in adult households and always be monitored when with kids.
Chow Chow has a tendency to be very vocal when alarmed as they were bred for protection. While they can live comfortably in a small space, the biggest complaint about apartment living is their barking. Things like a shared yard or lots of voices in communal apartment space could set off your overactive burglar alarm.
The Chow Chow is one of the oldest breed, originated in Ancient China. They has been spotted on Chinese pottery dating as far back as the Han Dynasty. Chinese merchants first brought the Chow Chow to Europe in the 18th century and their popularity grow. Chow Chow made its way to America by the end of the 19th century.