Chow Chow Description
The Chow Chow has a thick coat that may be rough or smooth. The acceptable coat colors for this breed are black, red, cinnamon, blue, and cream. White may be seen as well, but this is not common. The coat of this dog should never have more than one color. The ears are circular and small, and the chest is wide. The Chow Chow has a tail which is thick and furry, and it should be carried over the dog’s back.
The Chow Chow is one of the oldest dog breeds in the world. It originated in China, and it was used to hunt, guard, and pull carts. The flesh of these dogs is desirable in China, and they are still currently eaten. They were first brought to Europe during the 19th century.
Originally established over 2100 years ago in Mongolia, the Chow Chow is a good companion and superb watchdog. He is a medium sized breed with a thick puffy coat that makes him look like a living teddy bear. They come in solid black, and shades of red/brown. Their tongues and noses are black, as is the inside of their mouths.
The Chow Chow appears to be cute and cuddly, but their lordly attitude and scowling visage have gained them the reputation as being mean. It is true; some individuals are grouchy and perhaps even mean, while other individuals are indifferent or playful. They are always haughty and aloof.
bodyOffer(29769)The Chow Chow is a fiercely loyal animal; they will protect their family to the ends of their ability. This trait makes him a good choice as a watchdog. If you mess with anything that he considers his own, he will probably bite! He will also choose a person to bond with, and will only obey that person. He will tolerate other people in the family, and obey them only if they have a treat. People outside of the family are ignored. This would make the Chow Chow the wrong choice if you often leave your house with a house sitter. The dog will do whatever he wants.
These dogs must have a strong human master, since they are strong willed themselves. The human must impress upon the dog that he is boss, and make the dog believe it. Most Chow Chow owners have found that the parenting methods used for dealing with teenagers work well for the dog. Be firm and consistent, while loving and your Chow Chow will turn out just right.
They have a double layer coat; the undercoat is of soft downy fuzz. This fuzz is shed in the spring, depending upon the climate; some individuals shed year round. You may find that your dog sheds enough to build another dog or two! Do not choose a Chow Chow if your vacuum cleaner does not work.
Some Chow Chows are prone to skin problems and allergies. Allergies will vary among individuals, a flea bite allergy seems to be common among these animals. However, some individuals may be allergic to cat dander or pollen. A veterinarian can prescribe something that will provide relief.
As far as housebreaking is concerned, this is very easy for a Chow Chow. They are highly intelligent and learn very quickly. This makes them a good choice for apartment dwellers, as long as they can be exercised at least once a day. In exchange for a good walk, your Chow Chow will protect your belongings from everything, including your upstairs neighbor! They are generally quiet, and only bark when there is a reason to do so. Mostly, if they are comfortable with their surroundings they will lay around and wait for something to happen. They don't chew on things like most dogs. Puppies will chew, but as the dog ages, chewing on sticks or bones is not cool. Therefore, they do not do it. However, the Chow Chow is not above eating the occasional pig ear, or doggy treat. Pork rinds are another good choice as a treat for your dog; they have no calories, and no sugar. The dogs just love them, too.
bodyOffer2()Some famous Chow Chow owners are Queen Victoria, Elvis Presley, and Martha Stewart. The Chow Chow is a great choice for a pet, as long as you understand him and his quirkiness.
While the Chow Chow can be a well-behaved breed, it is known for being protective of those that care for it. They can be exceptionally stubborn, and are independent dogs. Because of this, the Chow Chow is not the ideal family dog. It is better for one person that is living alone. This dog can even be reserved with those that care for it. The Chow Chow can be aggressive if it feels threatened by a stranger. These dogs can be dominant, and they need an owner who is a natural leader. These dogs are not quick to obey commands that are given to them by their owners.
Hip dysplasia is a problem that is commonly seen with these dogs. In addition to this, they may also suffer from eye problems as well. Despite these conditions, the Chow Chow is a breed that is generally healthy. They have a maximum life expectancy of about 15 years.
Chow Chows can become lazy if they are not given sufficient amounts of exercise. Owners will want to take them on walks, and they should be allowed to run free in a safe area. These dogs can function well in apartments, and if owners want to put them outside, a small yard is good enough. They don’t tolerate heat very well, so owners will want to make sure they’re protected in warm weather.
Special Grooming Needs
The Chow Chow has an extensive coat that will need to be consistently brushed. They will shed large amounts of fur, and owners will need to use more care during this time.