Chow Chow

Non-Sporting Group

Chow Chow dog standing in front of a white background

Height at Shoulders

17-20 in

Weight

45-70 lbs

Life Expectancy

8-12 yrs

History

The Chow Chow is an ancient basal breed that dates back to at least 206 BCE where they were depicted on artifacts of China’s Han Dynasty. It is likely that they are the progenitors to other spitz-type breeds. They have had many jobs over the years, from serving as companions to Chinese nobles to hunting, pulling sleds, and guarding to being a food source.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Chow Chows will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

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★☆☆☆☆

★★★☆☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

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Intelligence

★★☆☆☆


Affection Towards Family

★★☆☆☆


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★☆☆☆☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★☆☆☆☆


Exercise Needs

★★★☆☆


Energy Level

★☆☆☆


Sensitivity

★★☆☆☆


Noise Level

★☆☆☆


Prey Drive

★☆☆


Shedding

★★★☆

Common Traits

Have a distinct blue-black tongue

Highly territorial and protective

Aloof and independent- often described as "cat-like"

Prefer to not be hugged or given lots of affection

Usually only bond to one person but may extend it to the whole family