Chow Chow

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Breed Group: Non-Sporting
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The Chow Chow is an ancient breed that originated in China more than 2000 years ago. They were an all purpose breed used for hunting, herding, pulling, and protection. They are commonly referred to as "the Chow", and are now used primarily as a companion.
The Chow Chow is a true masterpiece of dignity and beauty. They possess the unique characteristic of having a blue-black tongue. They are keenly intelligent, have an independent spirit, and display a dignified demeanor. The Chow is extremely aloof and discerning.
The Chow Chow is most generally polite and patient. They are very loyal and friendly with their family, but exceedingly reserved with strangers. They most often will become attached and overly protective of one particular member of the family. They are bossy, serious, and obstinate. The Chow Chow is a very dominant breed that requires a dominant owner. They are stubborn and have a mind of their own. They are not good with other pets unless they have been raised with them from an early age. They get along well with older well-behaved children. The Chow expects to be treated with respect.
The Chow Chow requires daily brushing. Proper grooming is essential to keep their coat in peak condition. Bathe or dry shampoo as necessary. They are prone to such health issues as entropin, heat prostration, allergies, skin problems, and hip dysplasia. They have a very low tolerance to anesthesia. The Chow does not do well in warm climates.
The Chow Chow has an abundant and profuse double coat that comes in two different varieties: smooth or rough. The fur is particularly thick around the neck area and resembles a lion's mane. The outer coat is coarse and is supported by a dense under coat. The most common coat colors are red, black, blue, tan, and gray. They are never parti-colored. The Chow is a heavy seasonal shedder.
The Chow Chow requires intense, extensive, and ongoing training in both socialization and obedience. They are relatively easy to housebreak. However, they will only perform tasks that make sense to them. They need to be taught at an early age as to who the master is or they will take over. They require firmness, fairness, and consistency. They do not respond to harshness or a heavy-handed approach and will become aggressive if treated in a disrespectful manner. The Chow is highly talented as a watchdog or guard dog.
The Chow Chow has a tendency to be lazy. They prefer to stay indoors where they are relatively inactive. They enjoy a small securely fenced yard, but cannot remain outside for extended periods of time in hot weather. They benefit from short daily walks. The Chow is well suited for apartment dwelling provided they are given sufficient exercise.
45-70 lbs
17-20 inches
solid red, black, blue, cinnamon, and cream
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Expected Budget: Buying vs. Owning in 2022

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How much do Chow Chow puppies cost?

The cost to buy a Chow Chow varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Chow Chow puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Chow Chows sold is $1,025.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for a Chow Chow with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $3,900 upwards to $6,900 or even more for a Chow Chow with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Chow Chows sold is $1,100.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $1,025.00
Average Price: $1,100.00
Top Quality: $3,900.00 to $6,900.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 2061 Chow Chow puppies across the United States on

Annual cost of owning a Chow Chow puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining a Chow Chows true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

Most Popular Chow Chow Names for 2022

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 2061 Chow Chow dogs.
  • 1. Bear
  • 2. Chow
  • 3. Teddy
  • 4. Tootsie
  • 5. Max
  • 6. Rocky
  • 7. Royal
  • 8. Grizzly
  • 9. Daisy
  • 10. Princess
  • 11. Smoke
  • 12. Almond
  • 13. Baron
  • 14. Big Boy
  • 15. Blue
  • 16. Blue Boy
  • 17. Brutus
  • 18. Puppies
  • 19. Reba
  • 20. Rose

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Member Since: November 2008
Location: Cookeville, Tennessee
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Experienced breeder of quality AKC Chow Chows... show puppies and pets... priced appropriately. We have beautiful chows with both coat types and all 5 colors. We have multiple lines in order to avoid inbreeding. Have a degree in biochemistry so our emphasis is on genetics not pedigrees. These are well socialized, good babies for good loving homes whether for show or pet. We have plenty references to validate our success. We breed chows and only chows. See website for current availablity and pictures.

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Anonymous asked:
Do Chow Chows need to be trained to protect (like the GSD or the Belgian Malnois) or do they naturally protect? (like livestock guardian dogs)

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The Chow Chow breed is a dog that is extremely protective of its territory and family. They are aloof with strangers and without proper socialization and training would not be an easy dog to handle if the dog perceived someone as a threat,

Anonymous asked:
I rescued a 7 year old female Chow Chow in July 2020. She was in a puppy mill is extremely shy and skittish but very sweet. Someone treated her badly because she will not voluntarily come to me. I would like to get a puppy chow chow so Nadia would have another dog to be around. Do you think that would be wise?

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The Chow Chow is not normally a friendly, social dog with anyone but his/her one or two persons. This breed does not tend to be dog friendly and is fiercely loyal to his/her owner. Chows can also be quite territorial and need constant training throughout their lives to ensure that they do not become overly protective of what they deem as theirs. Since your girl was treated so badly and is working through her trauma, I would not suggest a 2nd dog. I would allow your new dog to heal in the comfort of you as her owner and work with strengthening your bond. You've only had her a few months. I wouldn't suggest getting a 2nd dog at all right now and even consider saying at all until you've had her for a good 1 - 2 years on her own. Puppies are highly mold-able and will inherit behaviors and traits of the other dogs in the home. This will make trying to socialize an adult Chow, a puppy Chow and dealing with the current pandemic very difficult.

Anonymous asked:
I live in Los Angeles where it gets pretty hot in the summer, I was wondering how this might affect a Chow Chow since it is sensitive to heat and what can I do to prevent any health concerns due to heat?

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Brush, brush, brush that dog! The more dedicated you are to brushing out your Chow Chow, and/or getting him/her to a groomer on a regular basis, the easier it will be for the dog. Long, thick fur is an insulator; for heat and cool, just like our homes. Exercising the dog during the early morning or late evening when it is not the hottest or in direct sun is also helpful to keep the dog cool. Allowing the dog inside with the A.C, keeping a large bowl of clean, cool, and fresh water; and getting a small, plastic kiddy pool for your dog to play in during the summer will be a huge help.

Anonymous asked:
Thinking about getting a chow. Can their hair be shaved and how short?



In short, no. If you don't like the fur, do NOT get a Chow Chow. Their fur is not only a distinguishing part of the breed, but it is also there for a reason. This breeds skin is very sensitive and the thick fur is not only an insulator, but keeps the skin safe. This breeds fur needs a dedicated owner and an owner whom can afford a grooming bill. They need to be brushed roughly 4 times a week, more during seasonal shedding. The Chow Chow also needs a bath once a month to keep the fur and skin clean and healthy. Please, if you cannot accept the breed as is, do not get one. They are amazing dogs and they deserve the fur they were born with. If you want a short haired dog that looks like a Chow Chow, think about a Shar-Pei, the Shiba Inu, the Korean Jindo, and the Kishu. All of these breeds have short or shorter fur than the Chow Chow so you don't have to worry about any unnecessary shaving.


You could also get a smooth Chow Chow. While just as thick and prone to shedding a s the rough, or long haired, Chow, smooth Chows have shorter hair.


I've lived with a few Chows while living in the humid NE US. They do quite well with a close shave in early summer. Usually we leave a little mane and a gifted tail. Shaved down to about a quarter inch. By mid-fall coat is mostly grown out, ready for winter. No skin damage as bottom coat is very thick. Need an experienced groomer.


You can shave them except for their mane. Basically after shaving they will look like a lion.

Anonymous asked:
I recently rescued a large male Chow. Grooming was obviously neglected for long time. Mikey is 4 yrs old and constantly itching ears and there is some odor. Vet put on prednisone, I don't like using. I had 2 previous Chows with no such problem. Is this common for Chows? What should be done? Please advise.

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It is a common problem with Chow Chows as they need the hair from their ears dealt with on a regular basis. Mikey could also be a more waxy dog. However, you should do as your vet says. Get Mikey to a groomer and get his ear hair dealt with; keep his ears cleaned out and keep him on the medication your vet has prescribed.

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Updated: 7/2/2022