Q: I have some questions about Chow-Chow puppies?
My fiancee bought me a 10-week-old Chow-Chow puppy as a way to ask me to marry him. I have no experience with the breed and she was very unexpected. I also have a 10-month-old Pit Bull puppy and my fiancee has a white Bull Terrier. I have had experience raising Pit Bulls and Rotties but this is my 1st Chow.
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Here are my questions.
1.How do I get the new puppy to get along with my other dogs?
2.What are the best training methods for them?
3.What sports do they excel in?
4.Are they good with children because I have younger siblings?
5.Her mother and father were AKC registered. Can I show her?
6.What are some of the bad things that these dogs do? Ie. chew furniture, attack small animals, hard to train.
7.Are they banned in some places?
8. How hard are they to groom? How often should they be professionally groomed?
Answers and Views:
Answer by Peter Wright
The Chow, just like the Pit Bull, just acquired a bad reputation because at one time there was high demand for them (because of their looks) and as a result, there was a lot of irresponsible breeding and a lot of irresponsible owners. The other thing with the Chow is that they are a pretty aloof breed. Make sure to do a lot of handling exercises and socialization with her and she will turn out great. Chows are also stubborn and independent, so they need structure and discipline but through the control of resources (reward techniques) not physical force.
Chows are just a lot more reserved with strangers, they CAN bite, though, and I am not certain about how they are With other dogs, but all the Chow chows I've met are very kind dogs,. Generally they wouldn't bite anyone, they are just very barky and growly if someone comes into their yard. It really depends on how protective they are of their owner
Generally, chows are a one-person dog and don't like children BE AWARE OF THAT
Answer by Holly
I've had a number of Chows, although always male. But I can offer some breed tips.
1: Chows are a dominant breed by nature. Being raised with others will help, but she will always throw her weight around as an adult. The dogs who aren't home constantly could be a problem when she's grown up, but I doubt you'll have issues with the ones in the home when she is a pup.
2: They are stubborn but smart. Train with a firm consistent hand. They are sensitive though, so don't go overboard with punishment. Praise and treats help them understand what is good behavior.
3: Sports? They are naturally a lazy bunch. Although I know a farmer who used to use them for cart pull. With mine, a long walk a day and some fetch were all they showed interest in.
4: They can be good with kids with the right training and socialization when they are pups. Keep kids around them frequently as she is growing up, and it shouldn't be an issue. They do dislike roughhousing and being nagged by small children and often will get grouchy by it. I've never had one snap, but almost all I've owned have growled at a child. Short tempered with little ones but will protect the ones who are part of the family.
5: As long as she is registered with AKC as well, yes.
6: Stubborn, dominant, and can be aggressive towards other dogs and small animals they are not raised around. They shed like crazy too. Not terribly destructive though (chewing).
7: If so, I'm not aware of it. Most people will avoid your chow like a pitbull because they have a reputation for being aggressive.
8: They have a double coat, so grooming is a pain. But professional groomers know how to handle this.
And, in my experience, chows are a one-man dog. They strongly bond to one family member and stick to them for life. They will treat the rest with detached disinterest. But a wonderful dog, with the right training. Not for everyone, you really have to be alpha with this breed to earn respect.
Hope this helps!
Answer by mungo
I think I would have killed him for bringing me a dog especially a chow
I have been around a lot of dogs and never felt comfortable around a chow, i am sure
there are some that would disagree with me but that is how i always felt
I remember reading that chows are a formidable opponent, by nature they are disobedient, you have to make sure right from the beginning they respect your authority or you are doomed and they do not really like children
Answer by JenVT
1. Expect it. Since she is the opposite gender of your pit they should get along fine but one or the other needs to be altered. No one wants a chow pit mix. I hope your fiance's dog is a female and altered as well since at some point they will all be living together.
2. Strong, experienced obedience training in a formal class at least through the intermediate level. The same for your pit.
3. They are not sporting dogs. They are companion dogs. They may do well at obedience or agility if trained.
4. Not necessarily. With everything else, it depends on the dog and the children.
5. All dogs have behavioral problems unless addressed by the owner. The only dog that I have ever had attack my dog was a chow- totally unprovoked on MY property and I had a huge vet bill and a dog that was afraid of other dogs after that- I personally don't like them, but to each his own.
6. You absolutely can show her if she has a full AKC registration, but just because she is AKC registered does not mean she is show quality. What did the breeders say about her potential? What does your contract say?
7. Yes. Check city/town ordinances however if you can live there with your pit, you can live there with your chow.
8. Something to ask the breeder.
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Comments ( 6 )
pete beard says
Nice use and credit for my pic, pete.
Thank you for this great picture and for your comment!
Scooby's owner says
I have a 11-12 month old chow chow puppy/dog. His name is scooby, and honestly I think he is nuts. He lives in his big kennel and his hand-made little house, and he even has a little porch. Obviously he lives outside and he seems to enjoy it a lot . He likes being lonely a lot. But I kinda stick to him a bit and he looks at me annoyed. When I say “no , stop it …….” he starts running like a mad man. Then he jumps up to me and tries to pull my hair. He likes to nibble/ bite me a lot . It doesn’t hurt too much. But it does hurt a bit, like a pinch.. I trying to look for suggestions to how to treat my dog… I’m a teen , and I take care of him all by myself and I enjoy it. Please do give me suggestions
It’s good that you enjoy taking care of your Chow Chow. Looks like Scooby enjoys your company too.
Why did you decide that he wants to stay alone! He’s still a puppy, and he wants to play, and to learn something from you. He’s running around and pinching you because he’s glad to see you, and because he doesn’t know yet how to play with you.
You should show him, and teach Scooby some commands. Don’t forget that Chow Chow is quite a dominant breed! While he is a puppy you should show him that you are a leader and his master.
Try to lift him up holding by his skin (like his mother did), try to mix food in his bowl when he’s eating.
Give Scooby a lot of love and teach him everything, and he’ll become your best friend for all his life.
Scooby's owner says
The only command I have kinda teaches him is to sit…well when he wants to. There reason why I think he wants to be lonely if the reason he rolls away from me when I sit next to him. It’s funny but I get closer and walks away somewhere else. Lol…?
He really doesn’t like being picked up. He has a bit of trust issues. I guess that’s because of his earlier owners, I think he was abused before of hit.
You are probably right in your guess. Scooby walks away from you not because he wants to be alone but because he has had a bad experience, and he’s not ready to trust you. Try to build confidence in him in small steps. Each time you come out bring Scooby a little treat, and have another in your pocket. Make him take it from your hands, and when he tries to walk away show him the other one.