The Chow Chow has an innate sense of dignity, and may seem aloof and detached. They may be restrained with their affections and are very independent. Chow Chows may be self-willed to the point of seeming obstinate.
Chow Chows are not dogs that require a lot of attention – they generally do not like being fussed over or hugged. However, they make a great companion to their favorite person. They can learn, but do not have a strong desire to please their masters, and must see the point of commands given.
If a Chow Chow is raised with children, they will be tolerate of them but they do not like a ton of play so a home with young children is not recommended. They may have limited peripheral vision, and should always be approached from the front.
They are usually well mannered, but can be protective and suspicious of strangers. If Chow Chows have positive interactions with strangers as a puppy, though, they can be quite tolerant of them. Chow Chows are, however, a very protective and territorial breed and they may bond with just one family member.
Chows Chows have an independent, individual spirit and can be a fiercely loyal companion.
Major Health Concerns: The Chow Chow is prone to hip dysplasia and eye problems such as entropion, which is an inward rolling of the eyelid.
Interesting Fact: The Chow Chow is believed to have been the model for the Foo dog, the statues in front of Buddhist temples and palaces.
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