Both coats, rough or smooth, require diligent brushing; face wrinkles must be kept clean and dry.
Affectionate and devoted to family, the Chow is reserved and discerning with strangers. Their cat-like personalities make them independent, stubborn and less eager to please than other breeds. They require early socialization and training, and some kind of exercise daily. Regular grooming and bathing is a must to maintain their double coats.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.
The Chow Chow is a medium breed and has a lifespan of 11 to 13 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
The abundant coat, which sheds its undercoat on a seasonal basis, requires a lot of grooming. Regular grooming and bathing is a must to maintain their double coats. Expect to spend one to two hours per week thoroughly brushing your pet. Their nails should be trimmed regularly to avoid overgrowth and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Owners say Chows are the cleanest of dogs: They housebreak easily, have little doggy odor, and generally are as fastidious as cats. Responsibly bred and socialized Chows are never fierce or intractable, but always refined and dignified (the word “dignified” occurs constantly when discussing Chows). Aloof with outsiders, Chows accept new friendships if introductions are made by their owner, who is the center of the universe for these eternally loyal dogs. Serene and adaptable, with no special exercise needs, Chows happily take to apartment living.
Chow Chow &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip and elbow dysplasia and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Chow Chows are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Chow Chow can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.