Chow Chow Puppies
If you’ve been looking for a more independent-minded breed of dog, you may have considered the Chow Chow. This breed has won many hearts, and is the AKC’s 75th most popular breed for a reason. To learn more about this unique breed, and whether one would be right for you, read more in our Chow Chow Puppies guide.
Where To Get Chow Chow Puppies
The Chow Chow does have a few breed-devoted rescue organizations. If you would prefer to bring an older dog into your family, rescuing is a great option! It gives a dog a second chance at a great life. However, if you would prefer a puppy, rescuing may not be for you. Rescues and shelters are usually devoted towards finding homes for abandoned or surrendered older dogs. In addition, a rescue may not have as much health and breed information for its specific dogs, like a breeder would. Crispo…
If you are sure you want a puppy, we recommend doing your research and finding an ethical and responsible Chow Chow breeder. There are a few signs you can look for to make sure your breeder cares about their dogs and puppies:
- Transparent about health information
- Let you visit or virtual tour where they’re keeping their puppies and the parents
- Can and will answer any questions you may have
- Do not ask to meet in a neutral location away from their breeding facility
When buying a puppy, it’s important not to support a backyard breeding operation or a puppy mill. You’ll want your money to go towards someone who cares about the well-being of their dogs and the Chow Chow breed. Tater.tooter…
On average, a Chow Chow puppy from a responsible breeder costs $800 to $1200. Some puppies from show bloodlines may cost as much as $3000! Show breeding, however, isn’t necessary for a dog who will make a great pet.
It’s important to remember when shopping for a puppy that a higher cost is better. A responsible breeder incorporates important costs into the cost of a puppy. These include important vet visits, bills related to the birth, high-quality food, and health screenings. If a price for a puppy seems too good to be true, it most likely is. A low cost is a sign you may be dealing with a backyard breeder or puppy mill. Dolly…
Chow Chows have a fluffy double coat and a distinctive lion-like mane. Their fur comes in one of five different colors: black, blue, cinnamon, cream, or red. They also have unique “black” tongues.
A Chow Chow puppy will grow up to be 17-20 inches tall at the shoulder. The breed usually weighs 45-70 pounds.
Early socialization and training are very important for a Chow Chow. The breed can get along well with children, though a Chow Chow will usually fit in better with older kids or kids who are used to dogs. It’s still a good idea to supervise any interaction between children and a dog. Make sure you also let your children know about your Chow Chow’s boundaries. Chow Chows are affectionate with their pack families. However, they tend to be very vigilant and reserved around strangers. It’s best to keep a Chow Chow as the only dog in your family, since they don’t usually get along with other dogs. Osito…
A Chow Chow has medium to moderate energy needs. They do best with up to four daily walks at a moderate speed. Since the breed doesn’t tolerate heat or humidity well, it’s best to schedule walks for cooler times of the day in summer. Minimize high-impact exercise and playing.
Chow Chows are intelligent dogs, which may lead to some stubbornness during training. Luckily, they take to housebreaking very easily. Make sure to use positive reinforcement and praise during training. Patience is very important with a Chow Chow.
Chow Chow Puppies – Veterinary Needs
A responsible Chow Chow breeder will screen ahead of time for health issues common to the breed. These include eyelids turning inward, hip and elbow dysplasia, allergies, and thyroid function issues. It’s still a good idea to keep an eye out for symptoms of these issues. Regular vet visits should also help with treatment, detection, and diagnosis. El_Mafa…
Immediately after you get your Chow Chow puppy, it’s important to bring them to the vet every three weeks. Your vet will be able to make sure your puppy is growing up healthy and thriving. In addition, these vet visits are important for a series of puppy vaccines. These include parvovirus, rabies, and distemper shots. If you choose, you can also vaccinate your dog against kennel cough during these visits. Our puppy vaccine schedule is here.
Since Chow Chows are prone to allergies, you might want to do an allergy test with your vet before choosing the right food. Even without an allergy test, you may want to choose a food without common allergens for dogs. These include corn, wheat, soy, and even chicken. A home-cooked diet may be the best choice for your Chow Chow, since you can control the ingredients you add.
Any food you choose for your Chow Chow should have a high percentage of protein. This will help support your Chow Chow’s muscles and their sturdy body. Make sure to look for meat or meat meal as the first ingredient if you’re choosing a kibble.
As with any dog, consider your Chow Chow’s overall health, weight, and age before committing to a food. A veterinarian or certified pet nutritionist will be able to help you with this process. Since there are risks to feeding a dog a raw diet or grain-free food, make sure these are the best choices for your dog before committing. Oreo…
Chow Chows like to keep themselves very clean. Since they have fluffy and dense double coats, they will shed. It’s important to thoroughly brush them at least twice a week with a slicker brush. They do best with a bath every month. Use a cool air dryer, not hot, to dry them after their baths.
Check your Chow Chow regularly for mats. With this breed, they may occur in the armpits, under the tail, on the belly, behind the ears, and in the lion mane around their faces. If your Chow Chow has a wrinkled face, make sure to check in the wrinkles for dirt and signs of skin irritation and infection. Wipe them clean with a damp cloth or a hypoallergenic wipe.
It’s important to check a Chow Chow’s ears for wax buildup, debris, and signs of infection. Brush their teeth regularly. Unless you’re frequently walking them on hard surfaces, trim their nails regularly as well.