Chow Chow Dog Breed (Songshi Quan)-“The puffy lion dog”

Where are chow chow dogs from? Are chow chow dog aggressive? Are chow chow dogs dangerous? Let’s find out the answer

Chow Chow Dog Breed

If you are looking for an affectionate, loyal, adorable, and super-duper cute breed of dog then chow chow dog breed is for you.

Chow Chow dog is a powerful, sturdy, squarely built, upstanding dog of Arctic type. They are proud, strong-willed, stubborn, and independent dog breeds, and are extremely loyal to their owner. Chow dog breed is medium in size with strong muscular development and heavy bone. Their body is short, compact, broad, and deep, with a high tail that is carried close to the back. If you are looking for a cuddling baby then chow chow is not the right choice for you and also they don’t go well with the strangers. But they make excellent fierce loyal companions. There are many other things that you should have a look before getting a chow chow dog in your home.

As he is an independent dog breed you have to be patient and consistent during his training period. He can easily adapt to the apartment lifestyle but he can’t be left alone for long hours of the day.

1. Chow Chow Dog Breed facts:

This Breed is originally from northern china where he is referred to as Songshi-Quan which means puffy lion dog.

Chow Chow Dogs are fastidious and loves cleanliness like cats. They are reserved to strangers but if introduced properly they will gladly accept them.

Height: Male: 48–56 cm, Female: 46–51 cm

Weight: Male: 25–32 kg, Female: 20–27 kg

Color: Black, Blue, Fawn, Cream, Red

Temperament: Aloof, Independent, Loyal, Quiet

Life expectancy: 9 – 15 years

Chow Chow Dog Price: The price varies from $900 to $5000

Shedding: Seasonal

2. Is Chow chow dog breeds are aggressive?

Is chow chow is an aggressive dog breed? Well, a good chow is not aggressive at all. He will play with the family members and with the kids but on the other hand, he doesn’t like to get introduced to strangers. He never likes that a stranger is touching him or just cuddling him. Chows have nature to mind their own business and they expect the same from the other side too. If you want to socialize your chow dog in his adult phase then you are going to face hard time for sure. You can start socializing him when he is a pup with other dogs, pets, kids, people. Early socialization and training are key to have a well-trained chow puppy.

3. Training of chow chow dog

As we discussed above that chow chow is an independent dog breed so its very obvious that he is difficult to train but I said difficult, not impossible. Because of his proud independent nature, he challenges his owner and that’s why makes a name in the dumbest dog breeds. The only key to training such an independent dog is to be consistent and don’t ever punish them. That is the biggest mistake that most of the dog parents usually do, they punish their dog because he doesn’t listen to their commands.

First thing you have to remember that dogs don’t understand the language of punishment. They will never understand that you are giving them punishment and they will react in the opposite way to protect themselves. Just be gentle and consistent with them. the best time to train your dog is playtime this Is the time when you can make him realize that you are the in-charge they have to follow your command but as I said gently. After you will train him properly you will have a loyal and good companion standing by your side.

4. Coat of chow chow dog

Chow Chow Dog Breed

Mainly chows have two types of coat smooth and rough. People usually see the rough coat which is thick and lavish standing off from the body like a parka. But below that outer coat lies a soft, woolly, thick undercoat. The hair is thicker under the neck and the head and the tail is also thick and furred.

The smooth coat of a Chow Chow dog has a hard, dense, smooth outer coat with no obvious ruff or feathering (longer hair on the ears, legs, tail, or body). C

Both type of have coats comes in five colours that is red, black, blue, cinnamon and cream

5. Grooming of Songshi Quan

To keep your chow dog hair healthy, you have to brush your chow chow puppy at least 3 times a week. This will prevent his hair from landing on your clothes and furniture. Chow chow dog needs a bath at least once in a month if your chow is playing outside continuously then I suggest that you should give him a bath in once a week or once in two weeks. They are the seasonal shedders they shed quite heavy in some seasons. You should groom their hair and nails once a month. Brush his teeth 2-3 times a week so that they will avoid dental problems.

6. Health problems with the lion dog

Chows are extremely healthy dogs but everyone can have a disease and also that can be cured. It is better to get aware with diseases that your dog can have. To avoid any type of trouble or problem with diseases take your dog to your vet once in a month for a routine check-up. Here is some common health problem with this breed-

  • Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD) is a heritable condition in which the thighbone doesn’t fit snugly into the hip joint. Some dogs show pain and lameness on one or both rear legs, but you may not notice any signs of discomfort in a dog with hip dysplasia. As the dog ages, arthritis can develop. X-ray screening for hip dysplasia is done by the Orthopaedic Foundation for Animals or the University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program (Penn HIP). Hip dysplasia is hereditary, but it can be worsened by environmental factors, such as rapid growth from a high-calorie diet or injuries incurred from jumping or falling on slick floors.
  • Entropion causes the eyelid to roll inward, irritating or injuring the eyeball. One or both eyes can be affected. If your Chow Chow has entropion, you may notice him rubbing at his eyes. The condition can be corrected surgically.

7. Taking Care of Chow chow dog breed

If you are going to get a chow puppy to your home then you should know some important things about his caretaking. As we know that they can easily adapt to the apartment lifestyle and can go well with it but can’t be left alone for a long hour. And if you have a house with a backyard then don’t stick your chow puppy in your backyard as he loves to live indoors with their family or people.

Like every dog he also needs exercise and 15 mins of exercise or a walk with your chow are more than enough for him. He has to be trained while playing and while doing exercise. It’s a good way to train your dog. Be cautious on humid or hot days as the dog breeds having double coat find it difficult to face hot surroundings.

Feed your chow chow puppy 2-3 cups of high quality of dog food and these 2-3 cups into two meals. If you will overfeed your dog it can lead to obesity. And obesity is not at all good for dogs. Obesity can invite many types of diseases for your fury baby.


Chow Chow Dog breed

If you are going to adopt a dog whether it is chow chow or a Labrador or any type of dog breed please first go and check the caretaking shelters or the rescue shelters. If your breed is available out their than please adopt them don’t buy that breed after all the dogs which are rescued or left alone need your care, love, and affection too. In return, they will give you unconditional love and care which is priceless and you cant compare that love with anything else in this world.

Today’s Quote –

“They [dogs] never talk about themselves but listen to you while you talk about yourself, and keep up an appearance of being interested in the conversation.” – Jerome K. Jerome

So do read all the information before getting your chow chow chow to your home. All the dogs are lovely and affectionate each and every breed is specialized in its own perspective. Always choose your dog according to your needs and lifestyle and always be gentle and calm with them.

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Written by Adrienne Farricelli, well versed CPDT-KA(1) certified dog trainer.
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