The Chow Chow - protective "teddy bear" dog
The Chow Chow is a powerful and compactly built dog from ancient China. The Chow Chow is a dog breed of unique characteristics. The Chow Chow most noticeable physical feature is his blue-black tongue. The Chinese legend says that the tongue got its color when the Chow Chow licked drops of color while the sky was being painted. Because of his looks, you might think that he is mean, but if it's well raised and socialized Chow Chow isn't aggressive.
FUN FACT: Chow Chows are born with pink tongues, and the tongue will turn blue-black at 8 to 10 weeks.
The Chow Chow - history
The Chow Chow is possibly the oldest dog breed dating back thousands of years. Descriptions of dogs appeared in pottery and paintings during the Han Dynasty (206 B.C.). An emperor in China owned 5000 Chow Chow dogs and they were used as hunting dogs. Besides hunting, they were used to guard owner possession. Their fur was used for coats and they consider their flesh a delicacy. In the 18th century, British merchants loaded bearlike dogs with their cargo. These dogs were referred to as Chow Chow so the name stuck. The breed was registered in the American Kennel Club in 1903. The first Chow Chow register was named Yen How.
FUN FACT: In China, this breed is called Songshi Quan.
The Chow Chow - dog breed
Male Chow Chow stands between 43 and 50 centimeters at the shoulder, and females are slightly smaller. Both sexes weigh between 20 and 31 kilograms.
The Chow Chow coat comes in two variants: rough and smooth. The rough coat is thick and beneath that coat is soft and thick undercoat. The smooth coat is hard, dense and smooth outer coat. Both types of the coat come in five color variants: red (range from light golden to deep mahogany), blue, black, cinnamon and cream.
The Chow Chow - grooming
Because of his profuse double coat, they require regular grooming. You need to brush him at least three times a week to keep hair under control and to keep the coat healthy. They shed heavily during the shedding season, so you will need to brush him daily. Bath him once a month or more often if he gets dirty while playing outside. Bath can also help remove the shedding coat. The rest is basic care: brush his teeth weekly, trim his nails as needed.
FUN FACT: Chow Chow dogs have 44 teeth, while the other dogs have 42.
The Chow Chow - exercise
The Chow Chow is an active dog breed that requires moderate exercise. Few daily walks and moderate playing with toys will be enough for this breed. Make sure to avoid exercise and walking during hot periods in the day, because the breed doesn't tolerate humidity and high heat very well. They are best suited for living indoors with his family.
FUN FACT: The blue-coated Chow Chow in most cases has a blue or gray nose.
The Chow Chow - aggression
Despite their cute appearance, they are very protective and strong-willed dogs. This is why early socialization and puppy training is required. He is distrustful of strangers and can be aggressive toward other dogs if not raised properly. He can be stubborn so so during the training you need to be patient and positive and avoiding harsh training methods. Because they are very intelligent you can start training at eight weeks old. Good raised Chow Chow should never be aggressive or shy.
The Chow Chow - behavior
The Chow Chow is a good family pet. He is very protective of his family. If they are raised with children they will go well with them but they will not tolerate a lot of abuse from a young child. So it is important that you teach your child how to properly play with the dog.
The Chow Chow - health issues
The Chow Chow is generally a healthy breed with a life expectancy of 8-12 years. Like all other dog breeds they are prone to some health problems: entropion (eyelid to roll inward, irritating or injuring the eyeball), hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, patellar luxation, cataract, glaucoma, distichiasis, skin problems, and allergies. There are a few recommended health tests you should perform to ensure the dog is healthy: hip evaluation, ophthalmologist evaluation, elbow evaluation, thyroid evaluation, and patella evaluation.
The Chow Chow for sale
Before deciding if The Chow Chow is the right dog for you, be sure to do a lot of research. Talk to other Chow Chow owners and breeders. Also, make sure to find a reputable breeder who will gladly answer all your questions about Chow Chow dog. Always ask to show you health certificates of both parents and if possible request to see parents. Some bad breeders will try to fool you with the coat color. They will say that they have puppies with rare or exotic colors such as champagne, silver, chocolate, etc, but in fact, that are just fancy names for regular Chow Chow colors.
World Dog Finder team