Chow Chow Dog Breed [Working Dog] new Facts and Information

History of Chow Chow Dog Breed

Name of the breed: Chow Chow Dog Breed

Origin of the breed: Northern China

Other names of the breed: Song Shi Quan – Puffy Lion

History Chow Chow Dog Breed

Chow Chow dog breed is the oldest dog breed that originated in Northern China and in Mongolia. During the Han Dynasty ( 206BC) these dogs are used, which are in the evidence of paintings and pottery used in those days.

One of the Chinese kings kept more than 2000 Chow Chow dogs for hunting purposes and also used them for guarding the king’s property.

Chinese people used to call this dog by different names such as bear dog, wolf dog, Canton dog, and black tongue dog.

In the late 18th Century, British merchants had trade with China; they traded bears like dogs, and other items then they finally called the name Chow Chow dog.

Basic Details about Chow Chow Dog Breed


The Average lifespan expectancy of the Chow Chow dog is around 9 to 13 years. It is able to survive a maximum of 15 years with good maintenance and food. Due to poor breeding practices, its life expectancy may be reduced.

Appearance and colors

The colors of Chow Chow come in black, red, blue, and cream colors. And coats of the Chow chow dog are two types:- one is a rough coat with thick and dense, and the other is a smooth coat.

Smooth Coat is good and easy to maintain for you. It is a long coat dog breed.

The appearance of the dogs has more hair in the head and face region. And its eyes are almonds like and tongues are blue-black in color. 


  • The height of male Chow Chow dogs is 50cm to 56 cm, and the height of female Chow Chow dogs 45 to 52cm.
  • And the weight of the male Chow Chow Dog is around 26 to 34kg and the female dog ranges from 21kg to 27kg 


They are very loyal to owners, non-sporting dogs, good companion watchdog, and good protectors. They like to live independently. And they are not stranger friendly, and not playful for more time.

Pregnancy time

The pregnancy period varies from 60 to 68 days. And its litter size is around 4 to 7 puppies.

Interesting Facts and other care tips of Chow Chow Dogs:

Suited for Apartment living:

Chow Chow dogs are not recommended for Apartment livings. If you like this dog to live in Apartment means, certain conditions applied such as you need to be on the ground floor or on the first floor are most preferable.

But it is good for Individual houses with gardens. 

Food Habits

Chow Chow dogs diet plan requires 1 to 1 ½  cups per meal given twice per day. They required high protein content foods, Scrambled eggs, vegetables, Brown Rice.

But they should be keenly inspected while giving meat and beef, because this may cause some problems to the dog’s skin during high food quantity of meat-eating.

Exercise and Training:

Chow Chow dogs are not suitable for beginners, it takes a lot of time to learn the beginner’s command. It is good for guarding purposes.

They required at least one hour to two hours of exercise, teaching commands, giving exercise such as throwing a ball, playing in the garden during free time.

Interesting Facts:

  • Takaya is the first Chow Chow dog breed that was found in America in a club show during 1890.
  • In 1903, this breed was registered in AKC the registered breed name is Yen How.
  • AKC gave a report under popularity index among 156 breeds, Chow Chow dog ranked at 64th position.

Health and Caring

  • They face usual health problems like other dogs such as Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, etc.
  • Chow Chow dogs should not be left alone for more than 2 hours.
  • Trim the hairs properly weekly once, and the coats are washed at least twice a week…


Now, at the end of the session, we came to know more about good companion dogs, especially owner-friendly dogs. But this dog will not be the right pet for everyone.

One who reading this article having Chow Chow Dog means, kindly share your experience with us.

Also Read : American Staffordshire Terrier Breed

Questions and Answers:

How to select the original Chow Chow Dog?

Chow Chow Dog Breeds are good working dogs, its face appearance is looking like a lion, eyes are almond size, and the coats are rough and smooth. Recommended purchasing smooth coats, which is a good choice.

What is the cost of a Chow Chow Dog?

The cost of the Chow Chow Dog varies from place to place, the average price is $ 900  to $1500 USD. 

What is the Gestation period duration and its litter size of Chow Chow Dog?

The normal Gestation period of Chow Chow dogs is 58 to 68 days. And its litter size is 4 to 7 puppies.

Which place is the most suitable for Chow Chow Dog?

Chow Chow dogs are not good for Apartment livings, it is mostly suitable for Individual houses with free gardens to play.

How bite force of Chow Chow Dog?

Chow Chow dog’s bite force is around 220 pounds per square inch. 

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