Chow Chow

Description

At a distance the Chow Chow looks like a bundle of fur. The fuzzy look of its coat is only one of the outstanding characteristics of the breed. It also The face looks similar to a bear: broad, rounded, and full of fur. The nose outstretches and narrows from the muzzle. The nose, mouth, eyes, and inside of the ears is black. The short and pointed ears are obstructed on long-haired types. The ears are visible on the shorter coat Chow Chow. They are set high and are triangular in shape. The torso is compact and muscular. Unlike most large dogs, both its front legs and hindlegs are straight.

Temperament

The Chow Chow is generally easy going, but tends to have a mind of its own. It is responsive to training, but will still exhibit independent behavior. Constant guidance is necessary to teach it obedience. However, it will probably never completely lose its natural dominance. How well a Chow Chow gets along with other household pets depends on whether or not it was raised with the pet. It is more likely to coexist with other pets when they are raised together. It is great with children.

Height and Weight

The Chow Chow stands about 18-22 inches tall and weighs 45-70 pounds.

Health Problems

Eye problems are the most common health issues that the Chow Chow experiences. Its size also makes it susceptible to hip dysplasia.

Ideal Living Conditions

The ideal living space for the Chow Chow is a small to medium-size yard in a cool climate. It will do fine indoors, but it has a tendency to become inactive when left indoors.

Exercise

Some dogs are playful and energetic enough that they obtain sufficient exercise. The Chow Chow is not such a breed. If left to its own devices, the Chow Chow will neglect exercise altogether.

Life Expectancy

An average life expectancy of 12-15 years

Litter Size

An average of 3-6 puppies

Grooming

The profuse shedding of the Chow Chow coat requires that it have regular sessions of brushing or combing. Excessive washing can irritate its coat. It is recommended that a dry shampoo is used when washing its coat.

Origin

The origin of the Chow Chow goes far back into time when breeding records did not exist.

Group

Non-Sporting

Color

Solid colors of buff, red, or black are the most common colors for the Chow Chow coat. Lighter shades of these colors are also acceptable.