About the Chow Chow breed

Canadian Kennel Club Chow Chow Standard


The Chow Chow is proud, independent, very loyal to its family and rather suspicious of strangers. It maintains a dignified, scowling expression. The Chow Chow is a natural watchdog.



The average adult will range from 17-20 in (43-51 cm) at the withers and weigh up to 55 lb (25 kg).

Coat and Colour
Coat – There are two types of coat, rough and smooth. Both are
double coated.
Rough – the coat is abundant, dense, straight, and off standing; rather
coarse in texture with a soft, thick, woolly undercoat. Coat and ruff
generally longer in males, than in bitches. Tail well feathered. Texture
and condition should be given greater emphasis than the length. There
should be no obvious trimming or shaping except for the paws.
Smooth – should have a harsh, dense, smooth outer coat with a woolly
undercoat, but the smooth’s outer coat is short and gives a sleek
appearance. There should be no obvious ruff or feathering on legs and
tail. The Smooth Chow Chow is judged by the same standard as the
rough variety with the exception of coat length.

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