The Chow Chow, with its thick fur and aloof personality, is built for cold weather. Born in the frosty regions of northern China, they’re a winter-hardy breed. But, modern city life offers some challenges. Here’s your winter care guide:
Maintaining Their Signature Coat
Brushing is Key: Regular brushing distributes their coat’s oils, stops knots, and sheds dead fur. This keeps them snug.
Trim? Think Twice: Their thick fur isn’t just for show; it’s their natural blanket. Avoid cutting it short in the winter.
Hydrate: Dog-specific paw creams combat winter dryness and prevent cracks.
Clean-up: After outings, gently clean their paws. To remove potentially harmful residues like road salts.
Booties for the City: In urban environments, booties can act as a barrier, shielding paws from street grime.
Chow Chows might burn more calories in winter:
Monitor and Adjust: Keep an eye on their weight. You might need to slightly increase their food portions during colder months.
Consult Your Vet: Before making any significant diet changes, a quick chat with your vet can provide clarity.
Dog beds: While Chows often prefer not to use a dog bed, a plush cosy bed can offer them added warmth and comfort during the colder months, especially for senior Chows.
Draft-Free Zones: Check their favourite resting spots. Cold drafts can disturb their sleep and comfort.
Stay Observant: If your chow seems agitated or they are hesitating to go outside this may signal they’re uncomfortable. Adapt as needed. (Consult your vet if you notice any abnormal changes to your Chows behaviour)
Consider these adjustments:
- Provide a warm, dry resting spot away from drafts.
- Limit their time outside on extremely cold days.
- Protect their paws with boots or balm, especially from salt on icy paths.
- Dry them off immediately if they get wet from rain or snow.
- Offer a rug or blanket to avoid cold surfaces.
- Engage in indoor games and training for mental stimulation.
Regular Health Checks
Winter Vet Visits: Cold weather can exacerbate some health issues. Regular vet visits keep your furry friend in top shape.
Chow Chows are perfectly suited for chilly weather. But while they might be winter pros, they still require a bit of TLC.