Chow Chow
China FCI 205 - Asian Spitz and related breeds

Chow Chow

The Chow Chow are distinguished by their unusual language black-bluish color



The Chow Chow It is a breed of dog originating in China. The origin of the name "Chow Chow" would come from the inscription Tangerine "diverse merchandise" which was marked on the boxes containing the first dogs of this breed exported from China to England. To derive the word of a redoblamiento of the term "Chow" which means "food" because this breed of dog was eaten in China, It is incorrect as the term to describe this dog in Mandarin is "sōngshī quǎn" meaning "swollen perro-león".

Physical characteristics

The Chow Chow It is a dog with a robust body that goes hand in hand with its wide skull and its small triangular ears slightly rounded at the tip and it carries them apart with the tip slightly inclined forward which are always erect. His eyes are dark, from Brown to black always small, almendrada form. The nose is completely black and wide except in color Chow cream and white, which supports the color pink. The mouth is wide and strong. They have a characteristic movement in “stringers”, due to the peculiar conformation of their hind legs, which lack angle, and it makes it look like walking on stilts.

It is a dog of agile and balanced movement. By joining the legs in parallel to two in the movement. This breed has a very dense fur that can be rough or soft, which it accumulates more around his neck, giving it its distinctive frill or horsehair. Its fur can be red, black, Blue and cream. Those who have spotted or multi-coloured fur are considered outside the standards of the breed.

The Chow Chow are distinguished by their unusual blue-black or purple tongue and strong legs. Negra-azulada or purple tongue gene tends to be dominant in this race, and so it also tends to be in from mixed races of a Chow Chow.

A legend that says, When the gods placed the stars in the firmament were falling pieces of heaven that Chow Chow was licking and since that day has blue tongue.

Character and skills

Today, the Chow Chow is commonly a companion dog. His strong sense of ownership of their homes with their - sometimes- intriguing approach to strangers may be misinterpreted by those who do not belong to his family. However, samples of shyness and aggression are not characteristic of this breed. Copies of the sex opposite usually coexist with less tension than with those of the same sex, but it is not uncommon to see Chow Chow of different sexes live together peacefully.

They are extremely loyal to their family and it costs change masters. Affection usually shown only to people you know, so visitors not should press them physically that it will not accept immediately to outsiders as fast as they do with their family members.

They are not a very active breed. Life in an apartment suits them, If they are given the opportunity to do enough physical activity daily. The owners must take daily walks with their Chow Chow, so in a small place, to preserve their physical and mental abilities in healthy way.

Although this breed shows little energy most of the time, you need a routine to explore their environment and thus maintain a loving character. His typical behavior is more like that of a domestic cat than a dog's, for cleaning and its enigmatic nature.


Grooming requirements depend on the type of fur. A Chow straight hair needs to be brushed weekly only. One with a rough coat should be brushed every other day. Both varieties molt twice a year, during which the coat will abundantly. Rarely need a bath, although a hot bath followed by a thorough drying can help remove the coat you're missing.

The rest are basic care. Cut nails as needed, usually once a month. Brushing teeth frequently for general good health and fresh breath. Weekly review ears to detect dirt, redness or odor that may indicate an infection. If the ears are dirty, wipe with a damp cotton and soft ear cleaner recommended by your veterinarian.


The Chow Chow is the breed of dog most affected by Dysplasia elbow. It is also vulnerable to hip dysplasia, dislocation of patella, thyroid disease, Pemphigus Foliaceus and ocular disorders such as entropion and ectropion. The risk of these disorders increases exponentially when they are purchased at pet stores unscrupulous caregivers who do not test their dogs to see if there is existence of genetic disorders. Like this, a potential buyer of this breed should ask about the health of the pet to buy. Caregivers of the animal must provide the customer a guarantee of safety of the dog. But despite his delicate health, It is an excellent companion dog for human.

Ratings Chow Chow

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed “Chow Chow” you know certain factors. Not all breeds of dogs are apt to live in an apartment, You must take into account their character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, your care and if you have young children, their level of tolerance towards them.

Adaptation ⓘ

2.0 rating
2 out of 5 stars (based on 1 review)

Dog friendly ⓘ

1.0 rating
1 out of 5 stars (based on 1 review)

Hair loss ⓘ

5.0 rating
5 out of 5 stars (based on 1 review)

Affection Level ⓘ

2.0 rating
2 out of 5 stars (based on 1 review)

Need to exercise ⓘ

2.0 rating
2 out of 5 stars (based on 1 review)

Social Needs ⓘ

2.0 rating
2 out of 5 stars (based on 1 review)

Apartment ⓘ

3.0 rating
3 out of 5 stars (based on 1 review)

Grooming ⓘ

5.0 rating
5 out of 5 stars (based on 1 review)

Stranger Friendly ⓘ

1.0 rating
1 out of 5 stars (based on 1 review)

Barking Tendencies ⓘ

5.0 rating
5 out of 5 stars (based on 1 review)

Health Issues ⓘ

4.0 rating
4 out of 5 stars (based on 1 review)

Territorial ⓘ

3.0 rating
3 out of 5 stars (based on 1 review)

Cat Friendly ⓘ

2.0 rating
2 out of 5 stars (based on 1 review)

intelligence ⓘ

2.0 rating
2 out of 5 stars (based on 1 review)

versatility ⓘ

2.0 rating
2 out of 5 stars (based on 1 review)

Child Friendly ⓘ

2.0 rating
2 out of 5 stars (based on 1 review)

Watchdog Ability ⓘ

2.0 rating
2 out of 5 stars (based on 1 review)

Playfulness ⓘ

3.0 rating
3 out of 5 stars (based on 1 review)

Chow Chow images


1 – Flickr: Chowdren
2 – International Dog Show, Szczecin 2007 by Remigiusz Józefowicz
3 – Pets Adviser from Brooklyn, USA / CC
4 – by
5 – Flickr: Bokeh the Chow by Luigi Borromeo
6 – Flickr: Chowdren (Chow Chow) by Seongbin Im
7 – by
8 – Russian: photos from the show by Vladimir gubanov

Chow Chow videos

Type and recognitions:

  • Group 5: Spitz and primitive types.
  • Section 5: Asiatic Spitz and related breeds. Without working trial.
  • Federations: FCI , AKC , ANKC , CKC , ​KC , NZKC , UKC
  • FCI standard breed of Chow Chow

    Alternative names:

      1. Chow (English).
      2. Chow (French).
      3. Chow (German).
      4. Chow (Portuguese).
      5. Chow (Spanish).
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