Chow Chow

Chows are powerful, compactly built dogs standing between 17 and 20 inches at the shoulder. Their several distinctive features include a lion’s-mane ruff around the head and shoulders; a blue-black tongue; deep-set almond eyes that add to a scowling, snobbish expression; and a “stilted” (stiff-legged) way of moving. Chows can have rough or smooth coats of red, black, blue, cinnamon, or cream. Overall, Chows present the picture of a muscular, deep-chested aristocrat with an air of inscrutable timelessness.

  • Personality: Serious-minded, dignified, bright, and aloof
  • Energy Level: Not Very Active; Not particularly busy dogs, a couple of good walks a day will do
  • Good with Children: Better with Older Children
  • Good with other Dogs: Not Recommended
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Independent
  • Height: 17-20 inches
  • Weight: 45-70 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 8-12 years
  • Barking Level: Quiet