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Chow Chow

One of the most distinctive features of the Chow Chow is their unusual blue-black tongue.

About the Chow Chow

These calm dogs – well suited to guarding – have a number of unique characteristics, one of which is their lion-like appearance and confident gait. This breed has two coat types: the longer, rough coat and the shorter, smooth coat.

Chow Chows are independent characters, yet very loyal to their owners. These dogs can be suspicious of strangers and may appear very reserved around new people.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

Group
FCI Group 5, AKC Non-Sporting Group
Size category
Medium
Avg life expectancy
9–15 years

Lively / Quiet / Protective / Independent / Loyal / Reserved

Key facts

  • Needs an owner with some experience
  • Makes a great guard dog
  • Needs a lot of training

A Chow Chow's life story

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Health condition

Chow chows belong to the brachycephalic family that have as physical features a flat face and short nose due to their flat and wide skull shape. These anatomical attributes can cause some health issues like skin, eye and breathing problems as well as a poor ability to tolerate heat. For all brachycephalic breeds, we advise you to choose a dog with physical features that are not over-exaggerated, to buy from a responsible breeder and to seek counsels from your veterinarian. 

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A healthy start to life

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