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Older Children


Ease Of Training

Novice Owners

Breed Popularity

Breed Health




Other Dogs

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 Younger Children


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Apartment Living

Cats Or Small Pets

How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

 Breed Stats At A Glance:  1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst

Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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 Breed Stats At A Glance:  1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst

Chow Chow Personality, Temperament And Dog Breed information

It was only during the 1700’s when these dogs started to arrive in England in cargo vessels that the term Chow Chow was first used  and is believed to be a pidgin English phrase meaning “mixed cargo” to describe any sort of oriental knick knack or curio.

Queen Victoria was a great admirer of this breed and they gained in popularity throughout her reign, this breed was first recognized by the AKC in 1903.

Description The Chow Chow is a medium sized sturdy dog and has a square body, large broad head with a short rounded muzzle and has a leonine appearance.

They have pricked slightly rounded ears and deep set dark brown almond shaped eyes. Their large black nose and unique bluish black tongue gives this breed a striking impression.

The tail is set high and curled over the back , they are double coated and the outer coat can be either smooth or rough Chows have a ruff around their head and neck and colouration is usually red, black, cinnamon or cream.

Chow Chow Personality

Chows are a reserved breed, even towards their own family members and somewhat suspicious of strangers, in fact their aloofness is much more aligned to a typical cat's behaviour than man’s best friend. Not very tolerant or playful the Chow Chow’s personality is one for  the enthusiast or experienced dog owner.

Children: Not well suited to children as they are intolerant and not particularly playful. Chows will tolerate kids if exposed early enough but will never be a playmate. There are of course many dog breeds that are good with children

Protection level: Natural guard dog, very loyal to the family, will require lots of good socialisation to avoid protective instinct from becoming an issue

Other Animals This is a dominant breed,can be aggressive towards other dogs especially males, doesn't get on particularly well with other animals either, at best will tolerate.

Health Notable health concerns are displasia, entropian and gastric torsion. Finding  a reputable breeder and ensuring adequate pet insurance will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend.

The Chow Chow  is an ancient breed( at least 2000 years old) from East Asia, believed to date back to the Chinese Han Dynasty as a result of a cross between a Tibetan type Mastiff and the Samoyed. There are a number of different accounts that try to explain the origins of this remarkable dog.

One is that they were originally bred as a hunting companion for the nobility in the pursuit of pheasant or partridge or employed as guardians in isolated monasteries, whilst other accounts  would have it that these dogs were used as a source of fur and food in the wilds of Mongolia or  Manchuria and it is likely that both accounts are accurate.

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The Chow Chow Personality Is Protective, Independent,Reserved,Stubborn And Quiet.

Chow Chow Information and Breed Notes

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Do You Have A Chow Chow? We would love love to hear your story, why not upload a picture and share your experiences, tell us why they are your favourite breed. Do You Have A Related Question? - Just ask and we will be happy to help .


 The American Kennel Club and Others

“..Reserved and dignified, Chows believe most doggy chores are beneath them.The description ‘lordly’ fits. “

Chris Walcowicz- the Perfect Match

Exercise: Low requirements - short daily walk or romp is enough , but not in hot weather as they can overheat.

Grooming: The Chow comes in two flavours - rough and smooth respectively, rough haireds require daily brushing whilst smooth's need a little less attention , once a week brushing should be fine. Comb a lot during seasonal shedding.

The Ideal Chow Chow Owner is confident and experienced who likes their dog to be independent minded and not demanding of excessive attention.  Able to instil early socialization and a firm but fair disciplinary approach. Who likes a quiet well behaved dog.

Not Recommended for inexperienced owners, weak willed owners lacking confidence, households with children or other animals, hot climates, active outdoors lifestyles, owners who want lots of  affection from their dog.

As always if you like this breed, please do the research  and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. ,For more information, why not visit this breeds national club