Chow stands up to 20 inches tall at the shoulder. He has a long, thick,
dense, double coat that comes in two types. The rough coat has a lion-like
ruff that stands out all around his head and neck. The smooth coat has no
ruff. The Chow's coat may be solid black, blue, tawny, red, white, or
cream. Regular grooming is
necessary to keep the coat tangle-free. Like other Spitz dogs, the
his plumed tail curled up over his back.
The Chow Chow is friendly and faithful
to his family. He tends to be a one-person dog and bonds closely to that
individual. Although he has the appearance of a cuddly stuffed animal, he
is proud, reserved, independent, and goes his own way! He is also alert
and naturally wary of strangers. The Chow makes an excellent guard dog and
is a tenacious fighter if provoked. He may be aggressive towards other
dogs and cats and is best with older children.
The Chow is intelligent but
strong-willed. He should be put in obedience training and socialized from
a young age. Training may be a challenge! The Chow needs a strong,
confident owner otherwise he may try to dominate. A tendency towards
laziness should be curbed with regular, daily walks. The Chow does best in
a house with a fenced yard. Due to his heavy coat, he is really unsuited
to hotter climates.