Breed of the Week: Chow Chows

Chow Chows

Chow Chows are the cat person’s dog. A dog that has a lion’s mane. The inspiration for the Teddy Bear. With a long history as working dogs, they have now transitioned to be companions. It is vital that they are well socialised as a puppy or they can revert to behaviours more suitable to their working days.


Chow Chows have a long history dating back thousands of years in China, Mongolia and Siberia. Their DNA is thought to be the closest to wolves of any dog. Through that long history, they have been war dogs, hunting dogs,  sled pullers, guardians, food for humans and now companions.

In the 18th Century, traders brought them to Europe where Queen Victoria had a puppy. This was the inspiration for the Teddy Bear.

Weight: 20-32kg

Colour: Generally black or Red, but come in a large range. Have a blue-black tongue and lips.

Life Expectancy:  11-13 years

Chow Chows

Positive Points about Chow Chows

  • Not particularly active. Handle apartment living well as long as given daily strolls.
  • Generally forms a strong bond with one family member, and then accepts the rest.
  • Relatively quiet.
  • Independent or aloof depending on your perspective.
  • Smart, but also stubborn
  • so darn fluffy!

Drawbacks of Chow Chows

  • Can be overprotective of their key family member and overly wary and aggressive to strangers if not socialised well.
  • Daily brushing to keep the coat nice, and two major sheddings per year
  • if not brought up with children and cats and other dogs, then not be great with them
  • can try to become the dominant member of the household pack
  • not as cuddly as you would expect for a ball of fluff

Common health issue

  1. Skin infections in the folds of skin of their face
  2. Eye diseases
  3. Hip Displaysia

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Written by Doug Spiegelhauer
Doug never had a dog growing up but as soon as he stopped moving around knew he needed a dog in his life. Enter Snoop the Beagle. Doug worked for 7 years designing and making dog treats and food for some of Australia's best brands. Now a Co-Founder of Scratch Pet Food.