Chow Chow Breed Profile


Among the qualities of the Chow Chow is that they are dominant, willful, playful, loyal and protective.

Family/Child Friendly

This breed of dog is not recommended for small children or even older children. This breed of dog is best with adolescent children and adults. They can be extremely unpredictable, going from one extreme to the next. This is not a dog that is to be teased.

Lifespan and Weight

The average lifespan of a Chow Chow is around 15 years. However, with the advancement of veterinary medicine, pets have been known to live up to 20 years and even longer. The average weight for this breed of dog is around 45 to 70 lbs.

Common Diseases

The most common diseases and medical conditions associated with this breed of dog are hip dysplasia, eye irritation and entropion.

Housebreaking and Shedding

Housebreaking is out of the question for this breed of dog, as they prefer the outdoors. Shedding is heavy, brush daily.

Best Owner Compatibility

Not suitable for the apartment or condo environment. Not suitable for the frequent traveler. Best Owner has a yard to play in and lots of love and attention to give. This breed of dog is not the type to be hit when disciplining. Doing so and you risk the dog turning the tables and attacking. Always use firm, but loving discipline.

Where to Buy

The best places to buy this breed of dog are from reputable breeders, animal shelters, and rescue organizations.

Average Cost

The average cost for this breed of dog is around $700+. Routine veterinary care should be included in your budget.

Aggression Factor

This dog has a high tendency towards unpredictability. They are normally one person or one family dogs. Strangers beware.

Noise Factor

This breed of dog makes for a great guard dog and watch dog. They will warn of strangers approaching.

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