Chow Chow

Fun facts about Chow Chows from the BorrowMyDoggy community

If you can’t resist a dog that resembles a bear (or a small lion, depending on who you ask), then Chow Chows might be the pawfect dog for you. Whether you’re thinking of borrowing one or getting your own, we’ve pulled together lots of fun and interesting facts you should know about the breed, courtesy of the Chow Chow owners in our community.


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A collage of chow chow dogs and puppies, part of BorrowMyDoggy's guide to dog breeds.

What is a Chow Chow?


Chow Chows are medium size dogs who originated from China, and they were first found in Britain in the early 1900s. These dogs are easy to spot with their big, fluffy coats, which require daily grooming. The Kennel Club recommends at least 5 minutes a day to make sure their coats stay in good shape.


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How much exercise does a Chow Chow need?


Chow Chows are happiest when they have up to an hour of exercise per day. They love a good walk, but in the summer heat they might not want to exert themselves too much because of their thick coat.


close up of a cute chow chow

“Bear likes moderate exercise as he’s a medium sized pooch that likes to be out, but he doesn’t have the energy of a big doggy.” - Helen, Owner of Bear

What is the temperament of a Chow Chow?


According to The Kennel Club, “The Chow is aloof, stand-offish and extremely loyal to his owner, with a tendency to be a one-man dog.” Properly training Chows to socialize from a young age can help accustom them to both humans and other pups and reduce aggressive behaviour.




photo of a sweet chow chow

“Merlin is a true Chow, aloof and distant when he is unfamiliar with a new person. He is extremely affectionate with me but only on his terms; being a Chow - everything is on his terms, i.e. cuddling, petting.” - Jennie, Owner of Merlin

Are Chow Chows easy to train?


When it comes to house-training, Chow Chows are quick learners. However, when it comes to other forms of training, Chows need a confident owner who is patient and comes prepared with lots of treats. Chows respond best to positive reinforcement (food is a great motivator for these pups!) Because they can be tough to train, these dogs might be better suited to a more experienced owner, according to Pet Wave’s Chow Chow information.


“Alfie loves attention, he has learnt to sit and were working in other commands! We’re looking forward to walkies and puppy training classes.” - Nicola, Owner of Alfie

That being said, here are a few funny quirks that some of our members’ pooches have:


Natasha, Owner of Django:


“Django is a fluffy, happy big puppy. He is very friendly and will love anyone that gives him walks or chicken! “

Sam, Owner of Jj:


“I have bought Jj many toys but the thing he loves to play with the most is a plastic container! “

Top 3 Chow Chow names on BorrowMyDoggy:


  • Bear
  • Merlin
  • Bella

Do you want your Chow Chow to be even happier and healthier? Watch our members share how much happier their dogs have become since joining BorrowMyDoggy.


High paws to our lovely community for letting us share these facts about their Chow Chows. Paws crossed you found them helpful :)


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