The Chow Chow's cuddly looks matched with their docile behaviour may make them look like the perfect family dog, but they are not recommended for first-time dog owners. They require strict rules, lots of exercise and can be a bit touchy with other dogs.
Chow Chows have a huge desire for freedom and will push boundaries on a daily basis. This breed is very willful, self-determined and therefore not easy to train. Chow Chows behave like cats in that they prefer to keep some self-autonomy. Despite their looks, they actually don't enjoy snuggling.
Chow Chows like to bond with one person and are the ideal breed for a single-person household. They can be protective and are quite alert. They are wary of strangers and prefer to be left alone when guests come over.
These dogs need a good dose of daily exercise, but don't cope well with heat due to their very thick fluffy coat.
|Life expectancy:||9-12 years|
|Monthly cost (food):||Above average|