Official Written Standard of the Chow Chow

Approved October 10, 2005 Effective January 1, 2006

Chows are powerful, compactly built dogs. Their distinctive traits include a lion’s-mane ruff around the head and shoulders; a blue-black tongue; deep-set almond eyes that add to a scowling, a snobbish expression; and a stiff-legged gait. Chows can have rough or smooth coats in red, black, blue, cinnamon, or cream.

  • Height: 17-20 inches
  • Weight: 45-70 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 8-12 years
  • Group: Non-Sporting Group

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