Chow Chow Dog Breed – Facts and Personality Traits

Country of origin: China
Shoulder height: 46 – 56 cm
Weight: – 30 kg
Age: 11-12 years
Colour: solid black, red, blue, fawn, or cream to white
Use: companion dog

The Chow Chow comes from China and is one of the original dog breeds. It is a calm, balanced dog with strong self-confidence. His upbringing requires patience and loving consistency. Blind obedience cannot be expected from a Chow-Chow.

Origin and history

The chow-chow is a type of dog that is thousands of years old and is undoubtedly one of the most primitive dog breeds. In his native China, he was used as a sled dog and for hunting. It was also employed as a herding dog. In 1880 he came to Europe and in 1894 he was recognized as a breed of dog by the British Kennel Club. He also became a luxury dog.


Overall, the Chow Chow has a very imposing appearance with its compact stature, lush, plush fur, and lion-like fur collar. A special breed characteristic of the Chow is the blue tongue. The palate and lips are also bluish-black. The Chow Chow is up to 56 cm tall and can weigh up to 30 kg. It is bred with two coat types: longhair and, less commonly, shorthair, with the shorthair also being lusciously dense and plush. In comparison, the short-haired Chow-Chow requires less grooming and tolerates the hot season a little better.

The fur is solid black, red, blue, fawn, cream, or white. The ears are small, thick, slightly rounded at the tips, and stiffly erect. The tail is set high and carried over the back.

The Chow is not easy to care for due to its lush fur. It should be combed thoroughly once a week, otherwise, daily brushing is sufficient.


The Chow Chow is a very calm, self-sufficient, and independent dog. It is even-tempered, doesn’t like rush or stress, and doesn’t bark much himself. It is a strong dog personality that can only be trained to a certain extent with a lot of empathy and consistency. It is not necessarily willing to subordinate and will rarely be a dog that parries at every word. It is much too independent and independent for that. An educational bonus: Chow Chow puppies are housebroken from the start.

Anyone who can get along with the Chow’s headstrong personality will find him an interesting companion who loves long walks but doesn’t need to be outdoors for long hikes or extreme dog sports activities.

The Chow-Chow is distant or dismissive towards strangers, he doesn’t tolerate strange dogs in his area well, because It has a strong sense of territory.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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