One of the oldest breeds, this bearlike dog is known for his independent nature.

Vital Stats

Height: 17 to 20 inches at shoulder
Weight: 40 to 70 pounds (males average 62 pounds, females average 47 pounds)
Coat: thick, rough or smooth
Life span: 12 to 15 years

Summary
This distinctive-looking dog has a proud, independent spirit that some describe as catlike. He can be aloof–if you’re looking for a cuddle buddy, this probably isn’t the best breed for you–and downright suspicious of strangers.

But for the right person, he’s a fiercely loyal companion.

Full Chow Chow profile on DogTime.com

Ease at being home alone:
5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Apartment appropriate:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Apartment appropriate:
2 out of 5 stars (2.0 / 5)
General health:
2 out of 5 stars (2.0 / 5)
Good for new owners:
2 out of 5 stars (2.0 / 5)
Intelligence:
2 out of 5 stars (2.0 / 5)
Need for exercise:
2 out of 5 stars (2.0 / 5)
Sensitivity:
2 out of 5 stars (2.0 / 5)
Wanderlus:
2 out of 5 stars (2.0 / 5)
Playfulness:
1 out of 5 stars (1.0 / 5)
Mouthiness:
1 out of 5 stars (1.0 / 5)
Compatible with kids:
1 out of 5 stars (1.0 / 5)
Dog friendly:
1 out of 5 stars (1.0 / 5)
Easy to groom:
1 out of 5 stars (1.0 / 5)
Average:
1.9 out of 5 stars (1.9 / 5)