The Chow Chow is famous for their loyal and protective nature. They are an impressive looking breed that needs a consistent and strong leader.
Chow Chow Facts and Information
The Chow Chow has been described as having cat-like tendencies, this aloofness can make training difficult. However, with consistency and respect, the Chow can be happily trained with impeccable doggy manners. This breed is known to be very weary of strangers making socialisation from an early age very important. Think as many people, sights, sounds and experiences as possible. Puppy-preschool is a great way to begin your pup’s road to obedience training while also having the opportunity to play with other pups in a safe environment. Being an independent breed, it is important that you train a solid recall command. Due to this trait, they can be stubborn to train, so variety and fun are key to getting your Chow interested in training sessions.
The Chow Chow comes in two different coat types including rough and smooth and both varieties will need a decent amount of grooming. Being seasonal shedders, some owners call in the experts during this time to help with the masses of hair. Your Chow will require grooming at least three times a week to keep the coat in good condition and tangle-free. Ask your breeder and groomer for additional advice when it comes to the weekly groom of your pet. Nail clipping from an early age is also recommended, as too, making your pup vet proof – think lots of touching around the paws, mouth and ears. As grooming will be an important part of your Chow’s life, starting early is the key to success. Your pup should learn to love grooming.
The Chow doesn’t need endless running sessions at the off-leash area. This breed only requires a little daily exercise to keep them in top condition. A 30min walk or two 15min walks each day is sufficient to keep them healthy and happy. Training your Chow to walk nicely on leash is important in allowing you to enjoy your lovely strolls together.
The Chow Chow is an intelligent and independent breed, who love the company of their devoted family. They are very wary of strangers, so it is important to ensure that your Chow is adequately fenced during the day when you are not around to supervise. Like with all dog breeds it is advisable to adequately exercise your dog before heading out for work. Clever use of boredom busting techniques will also help keep your pup entertained while you are not at home and help ward off destructive behaviour. Consider rotating toys, and utilising puzzle and treatballs.
Like with most dog breeds, when sourced from the right breeder, socialised correctly and trained, these dogs make wonderful family companions. Chows are more suited to life with older children as they are not a dog that likes to be cuddled or hugged. All children/dog interactions should be actively supervised. Chows are known to get along with other pets if they have been correctly socialised as a young pup.
The Chow Chow does not take well to life outdoors. They will struggle with the heat and will prefer to be in the company of their pack (AKA you). They are not known for digging or roaming but it is important to check fences daily to ensure there are no escape routes. Your beautiful Chow will most certainly protect their area from strangers so ensuring they are safely secure is important. Like with all dog breeds they need a good weather-proof area and a warm snuggly indoor bed.
It is very important to only source your new family member from a reputable breeding establishment, to ensure your puppy is healthy. Ask all the important questions about hereditary problems and ask to see mum and dad. Contact your local breed club and research your chosen breeder. Your breeder should have proof that they regularly test their dogs for genetic diseases and to ensure that the dogs they are breeding from have sound temperaments. It may take a little more time than a quick purchase, but it can save you and your family from unimaginable heartache and pain dealing with a sick puppy.