Welcome to our guide to the Chow Chow.
The DogExperts.info website aims to ask questions to breeders, vets and experienced owners to get the answers to your most frequently asked questions about the Chow Chow breed of dog.
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If you can answer any of the questions below, then please add your comments to the box at the bottom of the page or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would love to feature your dog and publish any photos or pictures of your Chow Chow you would like to email us.
Are you looking to buy a Chow Chow – then see our list of Chow Chow breeders.
Why Choose a Chow Chow?
What type of owners buy a Chow Chow?
What in your opinion are the best things about the Chow Chow breed?
Why do you think the Chow Chow is special?
What are your favourite things about the Chow Chow?
Are you glad you choose to buy a Chow Chow and not another breed?
How would you describe the Chow Chow temperament?
What advice might you give to people thinking about whether they should buy a Chow Chow over other breeds?
History & Origins
What are the history and origins of the Chow Chow?
About The Breed
What colors of Chow Chow are most popular?
What does the Chow Chow look like?
What are the pros/cons of the Chow Chow breed?
What can a new owner expect in terms of differences between the Chow Chow and other breeds?
Do they attract a lot of interest and curiosity from the public?
What type of typical personality does the Chow Chow have?
Is it possible to describe a fairly typical Chow Chow?
What is the breed standard/description for the Chow Chow?
Were there particular colors people preferred and that maybe you focused on?
Are there any downsides to owning a Chow Chow that prospective owners should be aware of?
Is the Chow Chow breed of dog suitable for first-time dog owners?
Some breeds can be described as greedy and prone to weight issues, would this apply to the Chow Chow?
What are the key differences when compared to other breeds?
Is the Chow Chow breed suitable for a person or family that are out at work all day?
Some owners seek a breed suitable for barking and offering a guard dog role – how does the Chow Chow match up to that role?
Are there myths about the Chow Chow – in other words do new potential owners come to you with misconceptions about this breed?
We asked a number of breeders in the UK and America what essential advice they would give to new owners of Chow Chow puppies and this is what they said:
What types of questions do you get once owners get their Chow Chow home?
Can you tell us something most owners would not know – tips, secrets etc from your years of experience?
What is the typical temperament of a Chow Chow, so people know what to expect from their new pet?
When fully grown how much on average does a Chow Chow weigh?
When the Chow Chow is full grown in size what is the maximum height and length expected to be?
Is the Chow Chow ever crossed or mixed with other breeds of dog?
Does the Chow Chow smell or drool a lot?
Do you have a Chow Chow growth chart?
What breed group does the Chow Chow come under?
What type of coat do they have?
Can they swim?
What does the movement of the tail show, does it mean they are trying to ‘talk to us’ or give us some message?
Are there some types of people that you can suggest the Chow Chow is not suitable for, perhaps families?
How is the Chow Chow with children?
Do you think the Chow Chow is suitable for families with young children?
How does the Chow Chow get along with other (existing) pets and do you have any tips or advice for new Chow Chow owners in terms of successful integration?
Is it better to buy one Chow Chow or two?
Should prospective new owners be aware of any differences between males and females?
Would the Chow Chow be suitable as a guard dog?
Can I leave my Chow Chow during the day while I go to work?
What is the expected average lifespan of the Chow Chow?
In terms of life expectancy, how long on average would the Chow Chow breed live to?
Food & Diet
Do you have any special feeding routines or diet?
Do you have any feeding advice or brands that you prefer?
How to handle the Chow Chow puppy to start off – how much food, what type, how often?
What feeding routines and types of food/supplements do you recommend?
What to buy in terms of equipment? Bowls etc
Do owners need to consider supplements for their Chow Chow?
How about for older dogs?
Buying – How Much Do They Cost?
How much did your Chow Chow cost to buy?
Can you offer advice to people looking to buy a Chow Chow and how much should they spend?
What advice would you offer new Chow Chow owners?
What types of people are buying the Chow Chow and why?
Where can I buy Chow Chow rescue dogs or find a Chow Chow for adoption? Please note that buying or searching for a ‘cheap’ Chow Chow can be false economy as they may have health issues that cost you far more in the long-term – always buy from a good and responsible breeder!
Do I need public liability insurance or a license?
How would you describe the Chow Chow puppy to potential new owners?
What types of owners are best suited to owning a Chow Chow?
What colors and sizes are most popular?
Are there things new owners do that perhaps frustrate you?
What can people expect when they become a new owner?
What inspired you to become a breeder and did you start with the Chow Chow?
As a Chow Chow breed expert, are there any ‘essential’ tips you would like to share with new owners?
Are there specific times of the year that you breed?
Choosing a puppy from a litter, what advice could you offer potential new owners in terms of selecting ‘the one’?
How long does it take to housetrain/potty train a Chow Chow?
When can you take them out in public and how do you handle them around other dogs?
Will they run off – when is it safe to let them off the lead?
We invite you to email us your Chow Chow’s pictures, in particular we are looking for photos showing Chow Chow puppies at 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 weeks old as well as early pictures such as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 months old to a year old.
Do they have any nicknames or does the Chow Chow have popular names?
If my Chow Chow is pregnant what might the litter size be?
Could the Chow Chow be dangerous around young children?
How do you deal with a problem barker – any tips and advice to new owners?
How do you prevent a Chow Chow biting?
How do you prevent a Chow Chow chewing?
How do you stop a Chow Chow jumping up?
Does the Chow Chow have an issue with excessive digging?
Why does my Chow Chow keep growling and barking?
Is there a reason my Chow Chow dog is often scratching excessively?
Do they suffer from separation anxiety and how can I prevent this?
In comparison perhaps to other breeds what can you say about the Chow Chow and their exercise needs and do you have any tips or advice for new Chow Chow owners?
As a breeder of the Chow Chow , do you prefer a collar or harness?
As an expert of the Chow Chow breed do you prefer a standard leash or retractable?
Can you offer any dog walking tips for Chow Chow owners?
Playtime & Tricks
What games and toys can you recommend for the Chow Chow?
Are there toys you suggest avoiding?
How intelligent is the Chow Chow compared to other dog breeds?
How much can they understand?
Do you have any special grooming routines or tips and advice for new Chow Chow owners?
How much time is involved?
What accessories are required to be purchased for grooming a Chow Chow?
Any advice/tips you can give concerning maintenance of nails?
How much do Chow Chow shed and how do I maintain their hair and how often?
How can I prevent or cure ear infections?
Do you have any tips for eye care?
Is the Chow Chow a hypoallergenic breed?
Any advice/tips you can give concerning cleaning and bathing your Chow Chow?
Can you offer new Chow Chow owners advice concerning fleas and maybe products you use in treatment and prevention?
What advice and tips could you offer to owners who might wish to follow your path in showing the Chow Chow?
What started your interest in showing the Chow Chow?
If a new owner perhaps wanted to meet other owners or find out more – perhaps they have an interest in joining a local club or maybe they wonder how they can start showing their Chow Chow – where would they begin?
Can you offer any advice to others who may be wondering if they can also start showing?
How would an owner know they have a show-quality Chow Chow and how would they start off?
Can you give away any of your secrets?!
Is showing very expensive and why do you think people like to do it?
What do judges look for in a winner?
What inspired you to become a breeder and did you start with the Chow Chow?
What official organisations are there for the new Chow Chow owner and what benefits or services do they provide?
In buying a Chow Chow, can you offer advice and tips to new owners?
How did you go from being an owner to getting into breeding?
Do you think the breed’s popularity has increased, decreased or remains the same?
How did you progress to becoming a breeder and why focus on breeding the Chow Chow out of all the breeds you could have chosen?
What do you think makes the Chow Chow special to you?
Are there things that you see owners doing that frustrate you?
As a breed expert, are there any ‘essential’ tips you would like to share with new owners?
In comparison perhaps to other breeds what is it like to train a Chow Chow and do you have any tips or advice for new Chow Chow owners?
How should new owners approach bringing a new Chow Chow home, any advice and tips you can give?
Should I allow my Chow Chow to sleep in my bed or elsewhere in the house?
Do you recommend crate training and how long does this take?
Should my Chow Chow sleep in a kennel or crate?
Health is always a major concern when buying a dog, do you have any advice for new Chow Chow owners to be aware of in particular?
Are there any health-related tips you can give to owners?
What sort of health issues should owners be on the lookout for?
What is the recommended schedule for vaccinations for your Chow Chow?
Can you offer any advice on how to treat and prevent worms?
What type of health issues can a Chow Chow have and how do you deal with preventing these?
Why does my Chow Chow have diarrhea?
Do they suffer from itchy and sensitive skin and if so why?
Why is my Chow Chow vomiting and do I go to the vets?
When should I take my Chow Chow for vaccinations and which ones do they need and how often?
How often will my Chow Chow be in heat?
Should I consider getting my Chow Chow spayed or neutered and when and how much does this cost and what are the benefits?
My Chow Chow is limping, what should I do and should I go to a veterinarian surgeon?
Do they suffer from allergies?
Why is my Chow Chow not eating?
How much does it cost to insure my Chow Chow?
What healthcare issues or diseases might be excluded from companies that provide Chow Chow dog health insurance?
What age would you class as an ‘older or senior’ Chow Chow?
Do you notice any changes in their behaviour?
What changes in food and diet would you suggest making for an older Chow Chow?
Do you feed any supplements to an older Chow Chow – or anything else which helps them as they age?
Are there any health issues particular to a senior Chow Chow dog?
Do you have any advice for owners of an older/senior Chow Chow or tips you can pass on?
Here is n interesting video on the Chow Chow.