Chow Chow

Published: Last updated: by Kyle J. Larson

Average size and lifespan

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Height: 1ft 5in - 1ft 8in
Weight: 45-70lbs
Lifespan: 8 - 12 Years


  • Affection2/5
  • Kid-Friendly1/5
  • Stranger-Friendly1/5
  • Dog-Friendly1/5
  • Barking Amount1/5


  • Grooming Difficulty3/5
  • Shedding Amount3/5
  • Easy to Train1/5
  • Can Be Alone5/5
  • Exercise Need2/5


  • Cold Tolerance5/5
  • Heat Tolerance2/5
  • Apartment-Friendly3/5

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Ever wonder what those dogs that look like a little lion are called? That’s a Chow Chow, an ancient dog dating back more than 2,000 years. His personality is similar to a cat’s: independent, a little stubborn and not all that interested in trying to please. His deep-set eyes and turned up nose add to the scowling look. The breed is well-behaved and rarely destructive, however.

Serious and slightly aloof, the Chow Chow does not need as much exercise as other breeds. Be sure to groom his fur regularly to show off his glorious coat, which can be cream, red, black, blue or cinnamon. Interestingly, the Chow Chow is one of two dogs (the other being the Chinese Shar-Pei) that has a blue tongue.

All dogs have their own personality and unique training, causing them to differ slightly from these breeds stats. However, please let us know if we made an error in the stats, we appreciate your help!

Breed FAQs

Can Chow Chows be apartment dogs?

Chow Chows aren't ideal for apartments, but might be able to live there successfully if there are enough opportunities to find larger spaces nearby to play.

Can Chow Chows be left alone?

Chow Chows are a very independent breed. They will typically do well when on their own for longer periods. Just be sure to avoid being neglectful.

Are Chow Chows good with kids?

Chow Chows aren't a good breed for people with kids. They may be able to live with children given some training, but they don't do well with rowdy behavior.

Are Chow Chows friendly with strangers?

Chow Chows tend to be very slow to warm up to strangers. They require long periods of exposure before they will trust somone.

Do Chow Chows get along with other dogs?

Expect Chow Chows to not get along well with other dogs. Socializing this breed to other dogs may be a difficult process.

Do Chow Chows bark a lot?

Chow Chows don't bark very often of may never bark. Most barking is trained or in extreme situations.

Do Chow Chows shed a lot?

Chow Chows shed a medium amount. They will have seasonal shedding, but aren't terrible to clean up after.

Do Chow Chows need a lot of grooming?

Although Chow Chows require a medium amount of maintenance to keep their coats healthy. Simple tasks like brushing and bathing will suit this breed.

Do Chow Chows need a lot of exercise?

Chow Chows don't need a ton of exercise. You'll just need to provide some basic activity to keep them healthy.

Are Chow Chows easy to train?

Expect Chow Chows to be very difficult to train. If you don't have experience training dogs it's a good idea to hire some expert help when training this breed.

Can Chow Chows handle cold weather?

If you live in a cold climate, Chow Chows will do extremely well and may even enjoy being outside in the chilly weather.

Can Chow Chows handle hot weather?

Be careful with Chow Chows in the heat. They don't do well in hot climates for long periods.

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