Chow Chow

General Characteristics:

Perhaps the most ancient of the Chinese breed of dogs, Chow chows are not social or outgoing dogs unless there is early socialization to other dogs, pets, and people. Chow chows are intelligent but stubborn and therefore need to be trained early on. Chow chows are devoted to and protective of their families. The grooming of the dog varies with the coat type. Special attention should be paid to keeping the eyes and the facial folds clean because it can retain dirt and debris.

Avg. Weight Male:
20 - 30 kg
Avg. Weight Female:
20 - 30 kg
Average Lifespan:
8 - 12 years

Genetic Predisposition:

A genetic predisposition means that an individual may have a tendency to develop certain diseases as a consequence of inherited defects in the genes. Although some disorders occur because of spontaneous mutation of genes, many genetic disorders are inherited. These conditions are seen quite often in canines, mostly but not exclusively, in purebreds. Having said that, this breed has an increased risk for the following conditions which may or may not manifest:

Eye Problems Hypothyroidism Dry Skin Flaky Skin Diabetes

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