CHOW CHOW

The Chow Chow or Chow is a dog breed originally from northern China, where it is known as the "Fluffy Lion-dog". The breed has also been called the Tang Quan, "Dog of the Tang Empire". It is believed that the Chow Chow is one of the native dogs used as the model for the Chinese guardian lions, the traditional stone guardians found in front of Buddhist temples and palaces.

APPEARANCE & SIZE
The Chow Chow is a sturdily built dog, square in profile, with a broad skull and small, triangular, erect ears with rounded tips. The breed is known for a very dense double coat that is either smooth or rough. The fur is particularly thick in the neck area, giving it a distinctive ruff or mane appearance. The coat may be red, black, blue, cinnamon/fawn, or cream.

CHARACTER
Most commonly kept as pets, Chow Chows tend to display discernment of strangers and can become fiercely protective of their owners and property.

TEMPERAMENT
Chow Chows are not excessively active, meaning that they can be housed in an apartment. However, a Chow Chow living in an apartment will need daily exercise to prevent restlessness and boredom. Upon realizing that exercise is a daily occurrence, Chow Chow will tend to be more assertive with owners in anticipation of such activities.

LIFE EXPECTANCY
About 15 years.

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