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The Chow Chow is a large breed of dog that originates from Mongolia nearly 4,000 years ago, before being introduced into China. The Chinese translation of the word Chow Chow, Songshi Quan, literally means ‘Puffy Lion Dog’.  There is recent DNA research that suggests that the Chow Chow is such an old breed of dog that they were one of the first dogs to actually evolve from the wolf. There is also a belief that the Chow Chow is the ancestor to other dogs such as the Keeshond, Pomeranian, and Samoyed.

The Chow Chow was originally bred as a working dog, and was used for herding, pulling and hunting. They were also used to protect the home and the human family.  Chow Chow puppies got their name  during the late 1800s when they were first brought to England by traveling merchants, the word chow-chow was used as a term to describe all of the different odds and ends that the merchants brought with them from China and the Far East.

Chow Chow puppies became extremely popular in the United States during the 1920’s among the rich and famous. Their popularity increased again in the 1980’s. Chow Chow puppies have a thick double coat that is either rough or smooth. They have lots of extra-thick fur around their necks which makes them look like they have Lions’ manes. A Chow Chow puppy’s coat can be one of five colors: cream, blue, red, black and fawn.

Chow Chow puppies make excellent companions for children. As long as they are properly socialized from a young age, Chow Chow puppies can grow up surrounded by cats and other dogs without ever having a problem.  It is better to start properly training Chow Chow puppies when they are young and eager to learn, than to wait until they are adults and possibly more stubborn. Remember, that as the pack leader in your household, you will need to establish rules and boundaries for your Chow Chow puppies to follow. Some Chow Chow puppies like to push the boundaries that their owners have set for them, but if you remain calm and assertive, they will learn quickly and will flourish into very well-mannered dogs.

Chow Chow puppies can live up to 15 years if they are fed a well-rounded diet and have regular veterinary check-ups. Male Chow Chow puppies can grow to be between 55 and 70 pounds, and be about 19 to 22 inches in height.  Female Chow Chow puppies are slightly smaller and will only grow up to be around 45 to 60 pounds, with a height range of 18 to 20 inches.

Chow Chow puppies can be kept in an apartment only if they are taken for daily walks.  A small yard is quite sufficient for them as well. Chow Chow puppies do not tolerate hot weather very well and should be kept indoors. As they grow older, some Chow Chow puppies can become lazy and may show behavior problems if not walked or played with daily.

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