Roughly 4,000 years ago in Mongolia, the Chow Chow, also known as the Choldren, was developed. It eventually was introduced to China and named Songshi Quan which means “puffy-lion dog”.
The Chow Chow ranges from 45-70 pounds and is 18-22 inches in height, depending on male or female. Their coat is thick and course and can be found in red, black, blue, cream, and cinnamon. Their appearance at first glance resembles a small puffy lion. They have thick fur with a more dense fur around the neck and top of the head. The tail is curled forward, usually showing some lighter colors compared to the rest of the body, their ears are up, but covered in fur, eyes set deep into the head, black nose, short broad muzzle, with a blue/black tongue. Chow Chow’s blue tongue is assumed to be a dominant gene as most mixed breed dogs that come from a Chow Chow have the trait.
Timidity and aggression are a rare instance with the Chow Chow under proper training methods. At times the breed can give a serious and strict vibe to strangers that many dislike. Unlike many breeds, the Chow Chow only shows affection towards those he/she bonds with. The breed will not show much if any affection to strangers. The breed’s unsavory reputation is so well-known; many insurance companies will not ensure their customers from the breed. Male and Female Chow Chows can get along for the most part, but it is unheard of for two male or two females to live together peacefully. The Chow Chow is independent and disconnected from family activities but will stay within a short range. Many Chow Chow owners believe with the use of dog toys during activities the breed will soften up a bit though. Some Chow Chow’s respond well to toys and some do not. The Chow Chow, needs little exercise, but does require a small window of time for exploration or a brisk walk. They are able to live in an apartment, but some exercise is a must. Some mental and physical stimulation is necessary for the breed.
The largest issue with Chow Chows is elbow dysplasia. They also suffer from thyroid disease, hip dysplasia, ectropion, entropion, and pemphigus foliaceus. These issues are more common when buying a Chow Chow from a pet store or a back yard breeder that does not test their stock for genetic disorders. Chows average life expectancy is 10-15 years which is above average. Chow Chow dog necklaces are a great gift because they stay close to your heart, just like your Chow Chow!
History says that the Chow Chow descended from the Pomeranian, Samoyed, Norwegian Elkhound, and Keeshond. Recent DNA analysis proves the Chow Chow is one of the oldest breeds to evolve from the wolf.