Commonly described by many as catlike, the Chow Chow has a unique appearance and is very proud and independent by nature.  So if a snuggle buddy is what you want, then he is probably not the breed for you. He is always wary of strangers which makes him a fiercely loyal companion for the right person.

Also called Chow, the breed has a very distinctive look. This can be attributed to his deep-set eyes, large head and especially his mane of hair. He may look a little mean to you, but if he is socially trained, a Chow is not aggressive.

The Chow is often described by many as aloof and dignified – thanks to his background as a loyal companion for the imperial family in China. The breed is not one of those canine breeds that love to be hugged or fussed over. But he can be attentive and very accommodating to his favorite person in the world. If the Chow Chow happens to grow with children, he will accept them willingly, but he is the type of a dog that will not tolerate abuse. This means he is well-suited to families with older children who already know how to treat and respect dogs.

A highly territorial breed and very protective at that, the Chow can be a formidable canine if he sees someone approaching without his human’s welcome. This behavior can be somewhat managed if he has a lot of positive encounters with strangers while a puppy.

Although many would consider his mane of hair as unique, it is his blue-black tongue that many find most memorable. Additional physical features are his straight rear legs. This feature gives him a stiff, choppy or stilted gait. If you are active and love to jog, a Chow may not be a very good partner, but he has a lot of endurance which makes him a good walking companion.

During training, it only takes a simple verbal correction to set a Chow straight.  You should always refrain from physically hitting a dog, but it is most important with a Chow because it will likely get you nowhere.

Their stubborn, fiercely proud and independent nature will never allow physical abuse no matter what.  Your training must be consistent and firm.  In this way you will earn his respect and won’t have a problem training him.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to handle a Chow Chow, then you will have a fierce protector and loyal companion for your family.


  • To make sure that a Chow is relaxed and safe as adults, he should be introduced to a lot of people, animals and different situations while he is a puppy.
  • To keep their coat in good condition, the Chows need to be brushed two or three times a week.
  • Due to their deep-set eyes, limited peripheral vision is common in the Chow Chow dog breed.

As proven by genetic testing, the Chow Chow is one of the oldest dog breeds in the canine world.  Their roots are believed to be in Mongolia and Northern China. Early depictions of the canine breed can be seen in pottery and paintings from the Han Dynasty.

The Chow Chow ranks 64th among the 155 breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club.



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