These teddy bear-like dogs are fiercely loyal with a low-maintenance personality but a high-maintenance grooming regime.

The Chow Chow can be traced back almost 2,000 years when they were bred as hunting and guard dogs in China. Known for their cute, teddy bear-like appearance and a unique blue-black tongue, the Chow Chow is both independent but also very loyal.

Vital Stats

Size: Large
Coat: Very thick and heavy shedding
Exercise: Up to 1 hour daily
Life span: 10 – 15 years
Breed group: Utility
Temperament: Independent, loyal, aloof
Size 34cm
Coat short
Exercise 2+ hrs Life span 12-15years
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Chow Chow Temperament & Personality

The Chow Chow is an extremely loyal, very independent and highly intelligent breed. They have a low-maintenance personality that means they can often demand little in the way of attention or affection. In fact, they can be quite aloof at times.

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Chow Chow Training & Exercise

The strong-willed Chow can be challenging to train. However, in the hands of a patient and experienced handler, Chow Chows’ intelligence makes them quick learners.

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Chow Chow Grooming

Chows are known to be a very clean breed – almost cat-like in their approach to personal hygiene. However, because of their high shedding coats, Chows can be particularly high-maintenance when it comes to grooming.

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Chow Chow Nutrition

As with most dogs, Chows will benefit from a balanced diet that follows a consistent routine. Be careful not to overfeed to make sure your dog maintains a healthy weight.

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What to know before you buy or rehome a Chow Chow

A Chow Chow will make a great companion for the right owner. If you’re thinking about welcoming one into your home, here are a few important things to keep in mind.

Chow Chow insurance considerations

Choosing the right insurance for your Chow Chow can help keep them happy and healthy whatever happens. Conditions that we see they are prone to are not always covered as some other providers’ policies limit what they’ll pay for certain conditions, like cruciate ligament injuries. Others won’t cover your pet for dental illness or injury, or for congenital and hereditary conditions. With Petplan’s Covered for Life® dog insurance we have no additional limits for specific conditions or diagnostic tools.

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