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Chow Chow Dog Breed

Aliases: Chow

Life Span: 12 to 15 wonderful years with their Chow.
Litter Size: 5 pups per litter.
Group: The Chow is categorized in the Northern and Non-Sporting groups.
Color: While the Chow Chow is known to come in solid red, cinnamon and cream, black or blue, it can also be found in tan, gray and sometimes even white.
Hair Length: Long
Size: Large
Shedding: Heavy Shed
Male Height: 18-22 inches or 46-56 cm
Male Weight: 45-70 pounds or 20-32 kg
Female Height: 18-22 inches or 46-56 cm
Female Weight: 45-70 pounds or 20-32 kg
 General info courtesy of Additional information about this breed can be found on their website.

Thyroid Disease - Medium Risk

The Chow ranks #56 among all breeds for autoimmune thyroiditis prevalence. While this is not a high risk breed, there is still a good chance of disease transmission through breeding. Therefore, all dogs intended for breeding should be tested first. 

 Rank Among Breeds  Number of Dogs Tested  Percent of Dogs With Disease
 #56  2,296  7.4%

You can download the full report (on all breeds) by the Michigan State University Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health. Here

Other Health Problems

For the most part, a Chow is a healthy breed and is no more or less susceptible to the list of common dog ailments than any other type of dog. However, there is some susceptibility to specific health conditions due to the construction of the breed's anatomy.

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Entropion - a condition in which the eyelids fold inward causing the eyelashes to rub against the cornea; this can be remedied with a simple surgery
  • Susceptibility to extreme heat conditions

As popularity rises and falls with the Chow, unscrupulous breeding can also result in various genetic deficiencies.