Chow Chow

Other name: Chow

Photo: adult dog of Chow Chow breed
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Life expectancy

The Chow Chow has a life expectancy of between 9 and 12 years




Adult size

Female Between 18 and 20 in
Male Between 19 and 22 in

Adult weight

Female Between 44 and 66 lb
Male Between 44 and 66 lb
Coat colour
Black White Red Sand
Type of coat
Short Long
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Chow Chow costs between £1050 and £1460

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More details about the Chow Chow

Chow Chow: Origins and history

The Chow dates back a very long time, but his precise origins are unknown. Previously used as a war dog in China, he later became a sled dog, watchdog and in the end, a dog destined for the butchers (people liked the meat produced from the Chow!), and fur makers. England was his adoptive country: he arrived in the 19th century and went through a thorough breeding and selection process before he was introduced into the rest of Europe.

FCI classification of the Chow Chow

  • Group 5 - Spitz and primitive types

  • Section 5 : Asian Spitz and related breeds

Training a Chow Chow

Training this magnificent dog is very difficult due to his hard-headed temperament and sometimes complete ignorance towards human interaction. He will naturally try to override his owner’s orders.

To overcome this issue, it will be necessary to begin training early and to employ a firm approach. 

However, note that firmness does not equate to cruelty! To succeed in fostering a good relationship between this dog and his master, softness, patience and consistency will be very necessary tools. 

Only with a relationship based on trust and mutual respect will you be able to effectively train this dog.

Chow Chow: Purchase price

The price of a Chow Chow varies depending on his origins, age and sex. You should budget on average £1455 for a Chow registered with the KC. 

An average budget of £50 a month will be necessary to meet your Chow’s necessary dietary and care requirements.

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