Confident and reserved, the Chow Chow has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.
The Chow Chow is one of the oldest dog breeds in existence. The Chow Chow originated in China, possibly as far back as 206 B.C. Chow Chows were first used to hunt, guard and pull heavy loads. As a sporting dog, Chow Chows were beloved by Chinese emperors and the wealthy.
The Chow Chow is a medium-sized dog that weighs 45 to 70 pounds and measures 17 to 22 inches.
The Chow Chow can be classified as rough or smooth coated. The smooth coated Chow Chow has a short, dense coat and only needs to be brushed once a week. The rough coated Chow Chow has a long, coarse coat that requires more frequent brushing. Both types of Chow Chows are heavy shedders, especially during the spring and fall. They should be bathed on a monthly basis.
Like all dogs, the Chow Chow also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The Chow Chow is dignified and refined. The Chow Chow is devoted to their family, but is not overly affectionate or playful.
Chow Chows are friendly, yet independent. This breed has a very regal air; Chow Chows can be aloof and quiet. Chows Chows tend to bond closely with one or two people, rather than the whole family.
Chows Chows are wary of strangers and make good guard dogs. They have a deep growl that tends to turn unwelcome visitors away. Chows Chows are very protective of the people they love. If they are not properly socialized, Chow Chows can be overly protective to the point of aggression.
The Chow Chow does best with an experienced handler who can manage their protective instincts. The Chow Chow likes to believe they are dominant and will try to run the household. Chow Chows are very intelligent and can be trained as long as they have a patient handler and early socialization.
Despite their history as a sporting dog, the Chow Chow of today is not highly active. Chow Chows just need a daily walk and some time to run around and play. They are generally most active in the winter months due to their heavy coats.