Chow Chow Guide, Origin, Characteristics, and Personality

Chow Chow Guide, Origin, Characteristics, and Personality

Breed Info Summary

Breed Suits: Apartment living, families, companionship

Shedding/Non-Shedding: Heavy seasonal shedder

Size: Medium


The Chow Chow is said to be one of the oldest canine breeds, with origins in Mongolia and Northern China, according to researchers. 

Chow Chow is a non-sporting dog that is dignified and independent. His lion's mane ruff, blue-black tongue, deep-set eyes, and stiff-legged walk set him apart. The Chow Chow, once an aristocrat dog in ancient China, is today a stylish pet and watch dog, as well as a much-loved companion.


The Chow Chow breed is a laid-back and aloof dog.  However, they make excellent guard dogs and are very protective of their human family. If a strange person or animal approaches their home and their owner is not around to greet them, the Chow will defend its home and may respond defensively.

The Chow is also noted for being a little stubborn at times. If left to their own devices, the Chow will assume that they are in charge and that they are the king (or queen) of the home. The Chow's personality, on the other hand, has the advantage of being particularly hygienic and intelligent.

Pros and cons to consider


  • Unique appearance
  • Loyal
  • Low physical activity is required
  • Very well-kept


  • Aloof toward strangers
  • Tendency to not get along with other pets
  • High maintenance coat

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