Chow Chow (Smooth)

The Chow Chow is a small, compact dog with an apparently square stature. The tail is curved over the back. The inside of the mouth and the tongue have a blue / black color. There are two types of coat - rough and silky - and a wide variety of colors (black, red, blue, fawn, cream or white). Adult males measure 48-56 cm and weigh about 26-32 kg. Adult females measure 46-51cm and weigh 20-25kg.
  • Dog suitable for non-experienced owners
  • Basic training required
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys walking an hour a day
  • Giant dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming daily
  • Hypoallergenic breed
  • Quiet dog
  • Guard dog. Barks, alerts and it's physically protective
  • Great with other pets
  • Great family dog


The origin of the Chow-Chow canine breed is a real mystery, but they probably come from Mongolia and Manchuria, where their meat was considered a delicacy and their fur was used for clothing. They were later introduced to China. Over the centuries, this race has been used as a guardian of temples with hordes of malevolent spirits. Chow-Chow was also used as a hunting dog by the aristocracy, as a guard dog against intruders, as sled and cart pullers and as watchdogs. Spitz breeds are believed to have descended from Chow-Chow.


The Chow-Chow is an independent dog, suspicious and can be obstinate. They are peaceful and gentle dogs, however they can change their behavior in dangerous situations. They look like a furry, fluffy bear. Breeders have improved their temperament in recent years and it is assumed that the Chow-Chows' bad mood is due to a lack of training and appropriate socialization at an early age. Avoid inappropriate behavior by introducing them to children, cats and other domestic pets early.


The most common health problems in Chow Chow are elbow dysplasia and eyelid problems. As with many breeds, there are some reports of hip dysplasia (a condition that leads to mobility problems). Thus, it is important to screen for hip dysplasia in dogs before reproduction.


Chow-Chow does not require much exercise, about an hour a day outside the hottest hours of the day. He highly appreciates his stay abroad, so the owners must provide a space in the yard to satisfy their needs. If he lives outside, keep your dog in the summer in the shade. Exercise should be accompanied by a dog, as too much exercise can cause bone and joint problems.


Your dog's diet requires a good balance between the main nutritional groups, including a constant supply of clean water. Check his physical condition regularly to ensure that your dog is healthy and remember to feed him at least twice a day and in accordance with the guidelines for his specific food.


The coat of the Chow-Chow is dense and smooth. The version with the rough coat has a coarse, loose texture, not too long and the undercoat is soft and woolly. The coat is thicker around the neck and on the back of the thighs. This rough coat needs to be taken care of daily. The silky one is shorter and needs to be taken care of two to three times a week.

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Although many breeds of dog are traditionally considered good with children, everyone and dogs and children must be taught to relate and respect each other so that they can be together safely. In any case, dogs and small children should not be left alone without adult supervision.


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