Chow Chow

Chow Chow description

The Chow Chow breed originates from China. His origins can be traced as far as 2000 years ago. Chinese were essentially breeding the Chow Chow for hunting. The mane around his head formed a natural protection from bites of other animals. Chow Chows were also trained to pull sleigh but were not very efficient in performing such task due to their big size.

Chow Chows were then introduced in Asia by nomads and warriors who bred them as a guard dogs. The Tibetan monks had a great respect for the Chow Chow who was long associated as the Shishi Lion dog, guardian of the Buddhism temple. Nowadays, the Chow Chow is bred for his meat, considered a luxury in some part of Asia.

At the end of the 18th century, the Chow Chow breed was imported to England. The name Chow Chow was given to the breed by English sailors and the breed was recognized by the UK Kennel club in 1894.

Chow Chow characteristics

A Chow Chow measures from 18 to 22 inches and weighs between 20 to 32 kilos. Chow Chows can have a long haired or short haired coat. The dog's hair is very thick and forms a main around the head. The other main characteristics of the Chow Chow are is small legs (similarly to the proportions of the cat) and his blue tongue.

Chow Chow grooming

The Chow Chow has a very thick coat which needs to be brushed and combed everyday. Brushing the your dog regularly will help you ensure the hair is free from tangles. It is preferable to get your Chow Chow puppy used to being brushed from an early age. Small regular grooming sessions should help building your puppy's confidence. Adult dogs can become reluctant to grooming sessions therefore a great deal of patience is needed.

The Chow Chow should be bathed when needed only. Generally, dogs living in the countryside need to be bathed more often as their hair gets dirty more rapidly. When bathing your dog, it is necessary to use dog shampoo to keep his coat healthy.

Due to their long hair, debris tend to build up around the eyes of the Chow Chow. To prevent infections, the dog's eyes should be cleaned everyday, using a wet cloth.

Chow Chow temperament

Chow Chows have a strong character. They often recognize one person as their owner. When trained properly they will make good and faithful companions. However, Chow Chows have kept their independent character and will only show signs of endearment occasionally.

Chow Chow training

Chow Chows require gentle but firm training. Obedience training should start from the day you introduce your puppy home. Endowed with a strong character, the Chow Chow require a great deal of patience from his owners. He can be stubborn at times and refuse to obey. When disciplining your Chow Chow, it is essential to apply the appropriate level of strictness. For dogs who consider themselves as being treated unfairly is more likely to become aggressive.

Chow Chows who have been brought up with children generally turn out to be good around them. However, children need to be supervised around them. An adult dog will take more time to relax around children.

Chow Chow food habits

Chow Chow requires to be fed with a high quality aliment and within the right quantities. This is essential to their well being and growth. It is highly recommended to feed them twice daily as they can be subject to gastric torsion.

Chow Chow health

With a life expectancy of 11 to 12 years, the Chow Chow is considered a healthy dog breed. However the Chow Chow breed can be subject to some health issues such as:

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