Quick Look

  • Height

    • Male43 – 51 cm
    • Female43 – 51 cm
  • Weight

    • Male20 – 32 kg
    • Female20 – 32 kg
  • Common Colors

    • Black
    • Blue
    • Cream
    • Fawn
    • Only comes in block colours.
    • Red
    • White
  • Coat Texture

    • Soft, woolly undercoat with a coarse top coat. The fur is dense and stands out from the body..
  • Average Lifespan

    • 8 to 12 years

Chow Chow

History of the Breed

Thought to possibly be over 2,000 years old, the Chow Chow is most likely a descendent of a Spitz breed. They were commonly used in China for hunting dogs for nobles, and have multiple Chinese nicknames based on its unique black tongue. The breed received its name, Chow Chow, after being introduced to England in the 18th Century. Like many other breeds, it gained popularity after receiving attention from Queen Victoria.


  • All-around friendliness
  • Cheerful
  • Noisiness
  • Social
  • Travel Friendly


  • Independent
  • Protective
  • Stubborn

Common Health Problems

  • Canine Hip dysplasia In dogs, hip dysplasia is an abnormal formation of the hip socket that, in its more severe form, can eventually cause crippling lameness and painful arthritis of the joints.
  • Elbow dysplasia Elbow dysplasia is a condition involving multiple developmental abnormalities of the elbow-joint in the dog, specifically the growth of cartilage or the structures surrounding it.
  • Entropion Entropion is a medical condition in which the eyelid (usually the lower lid) folds inward.
  • Gastric Torsion Gastric dilatation volvulus is a medical condition in which the stomach becomes overstretched and rotated by excessive gas content.

Top Tips for Caring for a Chow Chow

  • The breed's rough coat required brushing multiple times a week
  • Casual daily walks are all that are needed for the Chow, interspersed with short play sessions throughout the day

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