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Chow Chows


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height & weight, the typical colorings & temperaments, plus information
about their activity level, age expectancy, typical health concerns & more!

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Chow Chow

All About Chow Chows

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Average Height & Weight

The Chow Chow is considered a LARGE dog based on the average height and weight.


Males – Height: 17 to 20 inches.

Weight: 45 to 70 pounds.

Females – Height: 17 to 20 inches.

Weight: 45 to 70 pounds.

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Chow Chow


Typical Coloring

Chow Chows are commonly black, blue, cinnamon, cream and red.





Chow Chows are often compared to cats. Unlike most dogs, they are not always eager to please their owners, and they can be finicky and stubborn. Fiercely independent, they can also be affectionate and loving dogs, but only when the mood strikes.




Activity Level

Chow Chows, a low-energy breed, like to take their exercise outside in cool weather. They enjoy walks and playing games with their owners.


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Breed Characteristics



Age Expectancy

8 to 12 years

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Known Breed-Related Health Issues

The most common health concerns for Chow Chows include canine hip dysplasia and entropion. Elbow dysplasia, cataract, distichiasis, persistent pupillary membranes, gastric torsion, stenotic nares, patellar luxation and elongated palate are less common but still occur within the breed, while renal cortical hypoplasia is seen occasionally.




Ideal Climates for this Breed

Chow Chows have a low tolerance for hot climates and a high tolerance for cold climates.



Chow Chow


Family Orientation
(good with kids, or other pets?)

Fiercely devoted to their families, Chow Chows make good pets and do well with kids of all ages. They are sometimes aggressive toward other dogs but friendly toward other household pets.





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