Chow Chow: how does it get along with family and other pets? Learn more about the breed's temperament

 Chow Chow: how does it get along with family and other pets? Learn more about the breed's temperament

Tracy Wilkins

The Chow Chow puppy and adult is a dog with many particularities. Despite the cute appearance and reminiscent of a teddy bear, the dogs of this breed are independent, reserved and with a strong and dominant temperament. They are not very fans of affection - except from family members - and require care, especially in the matter of socialization and training. This facilitates coexistencewith the Chow Chow puppy and makes him a little less suspicious in adulthood.

How about knowing a little more about the Chow Chow's personality? Puppy or not, these dogs can have a great relationship with their owners and provide a lot of joy for the whole family! Below, we have gathered some important information and reports from those who know exactly what it is like to share life with a Chow Chow dog. Check it out!

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What is the value of a Chow Chow puppy?

To acquire a puppy, Chow Chow can be found for prices between R$ 1,000 and R$ 3,000. The physical characteristics of the pet (colors and sex), as well as the genetic lineage, influence the final value. It is also important to take special care with the chosen dog kennel, as it is difficult to find reliable breeders who care about the welfare of the animals.

What do I need to know about the Chow Chow before adopting one?

A tiny, newborn Chow Chow is one of the cutest things! But, even with all the cuteness, these dogs can be quite headstrong. They are extremely loyal to their humans, and at the same time they are independent, reserved and dominant.

That's why the Chow Chow puppy needs so much attention: it's the breeding process that "shapes" the dog's behaviour. It means that younger dogs need to be trained and socialized from an early age, always with positive reinforcement and a pinch of a firm hand (but no punishments involved!). With the right care, the Chow Chow is a very partnered, quiet and calm dog.

It is also important to keep in mind that for the Chow Chow, family has enormous value. These dogs are protective of those they love and are very loyal friends. Not for nothing, they have a very docile behavior with their owners, while they are somewhat suspicious of strangers.

Photo of Chow Chow puppy

The story of Kyra, a black Chow Chow rescued from mistreatment

Each Chow Chow can have a completely different life experience. In the case of Kyra, Thiago Leme's puppy, the story is as follows: "My wife saw an ad for a home that takes care of abandoned dogs and fell in love with her, so we went to meet the shelter. Kyra came from a history of abandonment. The former owner left her in a place in the rain, stuck on a leash, even though she was still in the shelter.The woman abandoned the house, left the dog there and then they rescued her."

Even with a difficult past, Kyra is a Chow Chow with a very docile temperament. "Usually, the Chow Chow dog that suffers mistreatment develops a more aggressive side, but she has always been docile, just more in her own."

Aslan is another Chow Chow who was adopted as a puppy

In the case of Aslan, Douglas Guedes' dog, the adoption process was smoother and did not involve abandonment or mistreatment, but the need to donate puppies. "His father was 18 years old and had 8 Chow Chow puppies. The owner came to our house to see the space and see if we could give him a legal life. As soon as he arrived, a week later, the owner told us that the puppies were not in the house.other puppies (his brothers) had tick disease. we took Aslan to the vet, and he had it too. most of the puppies died. we take care every month not to get bitten by any ticks so the disease doesn't react."

Unlike Thiago, who ended up adopting Kyra by chance, Douglas already had a familiarity with Chow Chow and, by a happy coincidence, had the opportunity to adopt one. "Our Chow Chow was adopted, but it was a breed that my girlfriend and I really liked."

Independent personality is what predominates in the Chow Chow (puppy and adult)

When it comes to the personality of the Chow Chow, it is impossible not to talk about how independent these little dogs are! There is no shortage of stories about this. In the case of Douglas, this was even one of the reasons that led to the adoption of the dog: "We already knew about the breed and agreed to adopt because it was an independent dog, which would not interfere with the workflow and travel".

Chow Chow dog pictures

In the case of Thiago, who didn't know the breed very well at the time of adoption, the perception of independence happened from day one. "The first contact we had with Kyra was a little strange because usually when we approach a dog, he makes a little party (even if he doesn't know you). In Kyra's case, she didn't even care. I even walked her on a leash, but she always had a good time.looking forward, pulling where she wanted to go, but never looking or interacting. It seemed like she had her universe there."

Now, after five years of living together, the tutor has learned to deal with it better. "We arrive at our place and have a little party there for five minutes. After that time passes, Kyra goes to her corner and that's it. So, in our relationship, we respect her time a lot. She arrives, interacts with us and after a while she does things on her own and is super independent."account.

Interestingly, Douglas also goes through this with Aslan: "What's quite funny is how he expresses his happiness when he sees the owners, me and my girlfriend. As soon as we arrive, Aslan does a 10/20 second celebration and then goes back to lying down or going to his corner."

What is the territorial side of the Chow Chow dog like?

The Chow Chow has a heightened territorial instinct, which is why some people think he's as brave as a Rottweiler (but not really, unless it's a Chow-Chow-Rottweiler puppy). In fact, he's always on the alert and serves as an excellent watchdog, keeping the house and owners free from any threat, but he's not necessarily aggressive.

In this sense, Thiago tells us about the experience of having a Chow Chow dog on a farm: "This is a breed that always wants to be dominant. She takes care of the land and has a vigilance posture unlike anything I've ever seen. Kyra hears a noise and goes after it."

But don't be fooled: even though Chow Chow is an observant and territorial dog, she is not a noisy dog or one that barks for nothing. "She is super attentive to watch the terrain, despite being quiet. And it's interesting, because she only barks when she has a reason to bark. There was a time when a burglar came in to steal and she warned him. When she barks it's because there's some danger. She feels it.she has a strange situation and vocalizes it, so she has this super keen sense."

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The Chow Chow's relationship with other dogs and strangers

One of the reasons Thiago adopted a black Chow Chow was because there were two Bernese Mountain dogs in his house. When one of them passed away, the dog that was left - named Lola - had never lived alone and was about to go into depression. From that came the need to get Lola a new canine companion, and that's when Kyra came along. But even though she grew up alongside the Bernese, there aresome conflicts in their relationship.

"I got Kyra when she was about six months old. She was a baby and Lola has always been the alpha of the house. She's the one in charge, who walks in front of everyone and who gives order. When Kyra was smaller, Lola even played a little with her, but always in this relationship of dominance. But then Kyra started to get older and Lola too, who is already an old woman with almost 10 years. With that, theproblems became more serious, because Kyra began to want to dominate the space and the dog fights intensified ", reveals the tutor.

To try to control and minimize the effects of this "troubled" relationship, the alternative found was to try to separate the two doguinhas, who have a dominant behavior pattern. From seven in the morning until five in the afternoon, Lola is loose; and from five in the afternoon until seven in the morning it is Kyra's turn. So they do not have direct contact - nor confrontation - but, according to Thiago, they always stay one from the other.side by side in the kennel.

It is worth mentioning that in the middle of all this, Banjo also appeared, who is another Bernese dog that was adopted by the family and is already three years old. Although very playful, he has also shown his more "alpha" side lately and that is why the relationship with Kyra has been shaken, but in general they live well together.

More Chow-Chow dog photo

On the other hand, Kyra's relationship with humans is completely different! She's docile, but may not be so trusting to those who don't know her. "With anyone she's super docile. She'll pet you in her own time, and if you go over to pet her she won't bite or do anything. But then she might stare at you without patience or just get up and walk away."

In Douglas' case, Aslan does not have any behavioral problems with other people and pets. Socialization early in life was something that helped a lot in this regard, as he says: "Aslan is extremely suspicious and was very skittish as a puppy. We adapted Aslan a lot with children and other dogs, which was great, because today he is zero aggressive. Never bit or chewed.He is super calm. When we have other people over, there is just a curiosity. He looks at who it is and goes back to his corner, sometimes without even sniffing the visitor."

With people who are already part of the doguinho's conviviality, the relationship changes. Aslan is even more receptive and sees no problem in giving family members a lick. "People who live with Aslan more end up receiving a little more affection, like a lick. He doesn't obey anyone but his owners, but when we travel, he usually stays at my parents' and it's always quite peaceful to put him to sleep or call him to eat when we're not around."

Is living with a Chow Chow a lot of work?

The issue of coexistence will depend a lot on the environment that each dog lives. In the case of Kyra, for example, the biggest difficulty is not with humans, but when it comes to socializing with other dogs. Still, it's nothing that can't be solved. In the case of Aslan, from Douglas, the work is zero and the day to day with the dog is super pleasant!

In addition to socializing and training the pet in the early stages of life, another tip to mitigate the Chow Chow's dominance instincts is dog castration. In addition to preventing a number of diseases in adulthood, sterilization surgery helps to mitigate some animal behaviors, such as the dispute for territory and the need to be the alpha of the piece.

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Having a Chow Chow dog teaches you about loyalty and patience

If you're determined to get a Chow Chow puppy, donating Chow Chow dogs isn't impossible. Unfortunately, few people are willing to deal with the breed's strong temperament, and many cling to the stereotype of a boisterous or aggressive dog. But there's another side to the coin: while the Chow Chow can be a little more reserved and dominant, it's also an excellent companion.Loyalty, partnership and love will not be lacking!

For Douglas, living with a puppy of the breed was a lot of learning: "Aslan is very companionable. As I work at home, he spends the day by my side. If I go to another room, he always goes with me. He feels very safe when I or my girlfriend are with him. As independent as he is, he likes our security and company. It is very pleasant when, out of nowhere, he leaves the house.bedroom and pops in for a little "hello" lick and then back to the bedroom to sleep."

For Thiago, the experience certainly taught him a lot about patience. "Chow Chow is an extremely stubborn dog. At the time of the fights, we hired a professional trainer, but he said it would not be possible to train Kyra. I thought it was strange, but nowadays we taught her to give her paw, to sit, to lie down. Generally Chow Chow does not follow the person, he "dictates" the way.But the moment she does that, I call her and then she walks on the side. That was after a lot of patience and a lot of training, because she's a stubborn dog. Not everyone can have a Chow Chow because she's an independent and more reserved dog."

Tracy Wilkins

Jeremy Cruz is a passionate animal lover and dedicated pet parent. With a background in veterinary medicine, Jeremy has spent years working alongside veterinarians, gaining invaluable knowledge and experience in caring for dogs and cats. His genuine love for animals and commitment to their well-being led him to create the blog Everything you need to know about dogs and cats, where he shares expert advice from veterinarians, owners, and respected experts in the field, including Tracy Wilkins. By combining his expertise in veterinary medicine with insights from other respected professionals, Jeremy aims to provide a comprehensive resource for pet owners, helping them understand and address their beloved pets' needs. Whether it's training tips, health advice, or simply spreading awareness about animal welfare, Jeremy's blog has become a go-to source for pet enthusiasts seeking reliable and compassionate information. Through his writing, Jeremy hopes to inspire others to become more responsible pet owners and create a world where all animals receive the love, care, and respect they deserve.