Sometimes called the “lion dog” or “bear dog,” the chow chow is nonetheless a lovable animal, loyal and protective of its master.
With his full mane and “frowning” face, he is chow chow has an easily identifiable physique. That dog breed can show a distinct, almost stubborn temperament.
The Chow Chow is a breed of dog located in Central Asia. In the 19th century, the British imported the breed to Europe.
Its name comes from a Mandarin term meaning “different products”. At that time he was a shepherd and hunting dog. It’s also prized for its meat and fur… but not for its companionship.
The Chow Chow shares a common ancestry with Spitz and Mastiffs. It wasn’t found in France until the 1920s, but it wasn’t until the end of World War II that this dog gained popularity.
of great independence, the chow chow is a reserved animal that is not prone to outbursts of affection. He may therefore appear aloof, but still remains attached to his homeland and master.
Likewise, he does not have a playful temperament, even when the children ask him to. He likes his rest and perfectly tolerates loneliness.
As a guard dog, the chow chow is alert and deterrent, but hardly aggressive. His stubborn character requires special attention to his upbringing.
The Chow Chow has one sturdy body and weighs on average between 20 and 30 kg with a height at the withers of 45 to 55 cm.
Its body is carefully protected by a thick coat of fur. Whether long-haired or short-haired, it can be red, white, cream or black in hue.
His voluminous face, droopy features and well-trimmed mane help accentuate this dour look. Impression reinforced by well pricked ears.
The Chow Chow is also characterized by deep-set dark eyes and a stilted gait due to its hind legs.
A chow chow costs an average of 1,500 euros. This is because of his pedigree, ancestry, gender and age. The price is also explained by an entry in the Book of French Origins (LOF). This formality is the responsibility of the breeder. Note that a chow chow can cost up to 2,500 euros for the most prestigious lines.
Plan a budget of around fifty euros per month for his food and basic veterinary care.
That is chow chow robust constitution. However, he does not have an athletic temperament and without intense physical activity, this breed of dog tends to gain weight. It is therefore important to pay attention to your diet to avoid an obesity problem. Its life expectancy is estimated at about ten years.
On the health side, the Chow Chow is prone to osteoarthritis and skin diseases. He also has weaknesses in the ligaments and hips. Finally, he does not tolerate heat well because of his fur. It is more used to cold or humid environments.
Adopting an animal is a commitment, it’s a decision that you need to think carefully about. Don’t hesitate to contact your veterinarian or the animal shelter in your area before you start. They can give you advice on which breed of dog suits you best.