Normally, a blue tongued dog would be a cause
for concern. However, when that blue tongue belongs to
your Chow Chow, it is completely normal. Chow Chows have a
black tongue with a distinctive bluish tint.
The Chow Chow originated in China, where it was used as a
hunting dog. Asian sailors brought these dogs with them to
England, where their exotic appearance quickly made them
popular. This breed is classified by the American Kennel Club
as a member of the Non-Sporting group.
The Chow Chow is a 45 to 70 pound dog
that stands 17 to 20 inches high. Its down turned lips can give
this breed a deceptively angry appearance. This unfriendly
impression is offset by the tail curling over the dog's back
and its thick double coat. The red Chow Chow is most common,
but these furry dogs also can have black, blue, cinnamon, or
cream colored coats.
Chow Chows are not high energy dogs, but they do need a bit
more exercise than an apartment provides. A small fenced yard
is adequate for this breed. If you do live in an apartment, be
prepared to take your Chow Chow for a daily run. However, do
not allow him to run loose in the park, as Chows are prone to
aggressiveness toward other dogs.
While Chow Chows are devoted to their families and usually
love children, they do not often do well with other pets. New
owners should concentrate on socializing their puppies to be
sure they do not grow up to be dangerous or aggressive to
strangers. Puppy obedience classes are a good way to socialize
your puppy while being sure it receives thorough obedience
Besides their tendency to be aloof and unfriendly to people
outside the family, these dogs do have a few other drawbacks.
They have a tendency to dominate people if they can get away
with it and they can bully inexperienced dog owners. You will
have to be firm with your dog and should always be sure to
follow through on commands.
Since they are not extremely active dogs, Chows do not eat a
lot. You should feed your dog a nutritious puppy food while he
is young and a good adult dog food when he grows older. While
they are easy to feed, they do require quite a lot of grooming.
Their thick coats are hard to brush because they are so
While they are big dogs, Chow Chows should not spend too
much time outside during the summer, since their thick coats do
not protect Chows from heat sensitivity. These dogs also can
suffer from hip dysplasia and often have problems with their
If you don't mind that Chow Chows have a bit of an attitude
problem when they are dealing with strangers or other animals,
then this might just be the right breed for you. After all,
there is nothing quite like hugging one of these fuzzy, bear
like dogs on a chilly winter night.