Popular amongst celebrities
Martha Stewart had one. Elvis Presley had one. That’s how popular Chow Chow is, amongst celebrity circles. Sigmund Freud had one, which attended all his therapy session. Freud himself claimed, it helped him access mental state of patients. The 30th president of U.S, Calvin Coolidge had a chow chow too.
This breed is admired by all. It makes you gain attention. It makes anyone want to become a dog owner. It’s as furry as a lion and as grisly as a bear. Like a bear, it comes with 44 teeth. Other breeds typically have 42.
Do not be fooled by its looks. It’s not a teddy bear. Chow chows can get aggressive if handled wrong. It is not kid or stranger friendly by default. It is ranked amongst one of the most dangerous dog breeds. Insurance companies refuse dog owner policies when it comes to chow chows.
Companionship and adaptability
Trained and socialized dogs make wonderful companions. They can be gentle and loyal. There’s that loving spirit beneath its aggression. It takes some time to warm up to you. They are excellent companions for adults. They are not for all sorts of weather. These dogs thrive in colder regions.
Like Akita, Chow Chow is an ancient breed. It has its origins in mainland China. It is documented throughout history. The potteries in Hun Dynasty have chow chows painted on it. It is believed to be a cross between bull mastiffs and Samoyeds. A few do believe chow chow to be the ancestor of Samoyed, Cass hound, Pomeranian and Norwegian hound.
The American Kennel Club classifies Chow Chow in working group. It was historically used that way. It was used in hunting, guarding and pulling sleds. Its blue black tongue does attract immediate attention. It made people in ancient China to consider these dogs as mythological guardians. The puppies are born with pink tongue, which darkens with age.
The straight legs may look distinctive. It swings like a pendulum when they run. The dense double coat are smooth as well as rough. Rough coat gives a lion-like appearance. The coat comes in variety of colors including red, black, green and blue. Red is what you will see most often on a chow chow.
Suitable habitat and lifestyle
As long as they get scheduled exercise, chow chows do well in apartments. They are usually not a very active breed. They get more lethargic, if they don’t exercise. It can make them overweight and cranky too. Spend a little time walking them outdoors.
Maintenance – Grooming & training
Chows are seasonal shedders. Grooming is a must regardless. The dense coat asks for constant brushing. These are territorial dogs which take the home and family seriously. You need to socialize them early and put them on training around the same time. Arrange for them to meet people and other pets. They often suffer from hip dyslexia and prone to more diseases including entropy.