AKC PuppyFinder: Chow Chow Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Serious-minded, dignified, bright, and aloof
  • Energy Level: Not Very Active; Not particularly busy dogs, a couple of good walks a day will do
  • Good with Children: Better with Older Children
  • Good with other Dogs: Not Recommended
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Independent
  • Height: 17-20 inches
  • Weight: 45-70 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 8-12 years
  • Barking Level: Quiet
Breed Description
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The Chow Chow is unmistakable, with his thick double coat and black tongue. He's an ancient Chinese breed, with a past as a working dog. Today, he's happy being a devoted family companion. Your Chow Chow puppy, with his independent personality, will thrive on early training, socialization and exercise. He'll look his best with regular brushing to keep his coat at its luxurious best.

History & Job
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Origin: China

Year Recognized: 1903

Breed History & Job Description: Chows are depicted in artifacts of the Han Dynasty (c. 206 b.c.), but evidence suggests they go back much further and are progenitors of other spitz-type breeds—from the burly Norwegian Elkhound to the dainty Pomeranian. Chows have played many roles: lordly companions to royalty, but also guarders, herders, haulers, and hunters. Their distant ancestors were even used as food in their densely populated, protein-starved homeland. An ancient breed nickname is the Edible Dog. (If you’re eating lunch while reading this—sorry!)

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Chow Chows are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip and elbow dysplasia and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Chow Chows are healthy dogs.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
  • Hip Evaluation
  • Elbow Evaluation
  • Thyroid Evaluation
  • Patella Evaluation
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: Chow Chow Club, Inc.
  • Breed Club Link: http://www.chowclub.org/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Non-Sporting
  • 2016 Popularity: 74
  • Breed Referral Contact: Layla Loveless -
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