Compact, medium with a distinctive lion like appearance and a blue tongue.

HISTORY

The breed has been popular in China now for more than two thousand years. The Huns, Mongols and Tartars used the breed in was, for hunting and as a draft and guard dog. The breed first appeared in Europe in 1865 when Queen Victoria was given a magnificent specimen.

GROOMING AND PHYSICAL NEEDS

  • Grooming Needs: Requires regular grooming & bathing, coat should never be clipped off & must be dried completely to avoid skin disorders.
  • Coat Type: Smooth – notably shorter in length. Rough – outer coat is rather coarse in texture, softer woolly under coat. Both types are weather proof, being harsh and straight.
  • Moulting: Slightly throughout the year & “Blow” their coat twice a year with climate changes.
  • Exercise Needs: Adaptable to the type of exercise you prefer. Excessive exercise should not be undertaken in dogs under 12 months to allow their growth plates to fully develop.
  • Average Life Span: 10 – 12 years.

BEHAVIOUR

  • Family: Loyal & adaptable to all family situations – single person or large families of all ages.
  • Temperament: Often aloof to strangers, they take offense to being approached by strangers, once introduced & accepted are fine.
  • Trainability: Have been known to be stubborn & somewhat cat like in their approach to obeying commands. It is important that they attend puppy classes and continue with training if the new owner is a novice. They are very clean dogs and are therefore naturally house trained.
  • Sociability (Other Pets): Can be overbearing with other dogs, puppies must be exposed to other dogs so that they can learn good dog manners. Have a strong prey drive, but if introduced early they can live with many other pets including cats & birds.
  • Barking: Tend not to bark however will alert you to approaching strangers.

TALENTS

Excel in obedience, agility, endurance and sledding also a great family protector.

NOTES

Chows are adaptable to all weather conditions including warmer climates.

Stand Number: B178