Temperament of a Chow Chow: Everything You Need to Know

Every dog is special in their own way, and that’s certainly true of the Chow Chow. A protector of home and hearth, the Chow Chow breed has fascinating characteristics which leave a lasting impression on their lucky owners – from their independent, regal spirit to their unrivalled loyalty. In our latest blog, we’ll explore the Chow Chow’s unique nature, answering all of your questions about the temperament of a Chow, from their training prowess to how suitable they are for a family.

Can Chow Chows be Easily Trained?

An extremely intelligent breed, the Chow Chow can be strong-willed when it comes to training, which can make it a little more challenging an experience than training other breeds – although they are seldom destructive or disobedient. However, with patience, kindness and consistency, and by avoiding any harsh or forceful training methods, a Chow’s intelligence makes them a quick learner. Short training sessions with high-value treats and toys are the best way to train these independent creatures, and to create a strong bond with your Chow Chow based on mutual respect and clear boundaries. And when it comes to house training, the Chow Chow will excel! It is completely against their nature to “spoil” the area they live in, as a naturally clean and hygienic breed. 

Are Chow Chows Good for Families?

Chow Chows can be loving and loyal dogs who can be ideal pets in the right household, loyal and protective to their human pack. Just like with any breed, early socialisation and training is key to helping your Chow bond effectively with your children – and it’s equally as important to help your kids understand your Chow’s boundaries and teach them about proper behaviour around all dogs, avoiding rough or boisterous play and leaving them alone when they are eating or sleeping. A well-socialised Chow Chow who has been exposed to new people, situations and environments, will be right at home in a busy, loving family.

Are Chow Chows Protective?

Known for their loyal nature and devotion, Chows are instinctively protective of their owners, forming bonds which are incredibly secure and dedicated. One of the most loyal breeds that exist in the world today, intuitive Chow Chows will often let you know if there is someone or something that doesn’t feel right to them, and they’ll warn you if they sense danger. You can count on your Chow Chow to be there for you and your family, always ready to protect you, even if it means putting themselves in harm’s way. 

Whilst they may be hesitant around strangers to begin with, your Chow Chow will quickly warm to your friends and visitors once they feel safe and comfortable. Overly protective and aggressive behaviour from any breed is most commonly due to improper breeding by careless breeders and/or inadequate socialisation. No pup is inherently born with a mean temperament, so if any dog is treated properly and receives appropriate training and socialisation, they will grow up to be a confident, well-adjusted companion. 

Are Chow Chows Affectionate?

The Chow Chow is a dignified and regal dog, and they expect to be respected as such. If you’re used to lap dogs who love to cuddle all the time, a Chow Chow may seem serious and not as outwardly affectionate as other breeds. However, this is where a Chow Chow’s temperament is most misunderstood. These beautiful dogs will happily be affectionate with you when they feel like it, but much like a cat, it must always be on their own terms, with respect, and with dignity.

So, if you’re looking for a dog who will beg for a constant stream of attention, a Chow Chow may not be the dog for you. Yet, when you take the time to truly understand the unique and self-reliant Chow Chow, you’ll come to notice all of the many ways in which your pup shows you they truly care. From sitting at your feet to seeking out pets, leaning on you, or rolling over for an occasional (very fluffy) belly rub, Chow Chows love to spend quality time with their favourite people. For the cat owners amongst our readers, you’ll know exactly what we mean!

Is a Chow Chow Right For Me?

When it comes to deciding whether a Chow Chow is right for you and your family, it’s vital to select a dog breed that fits your lifestyle, but it’s important to note that any negative traits and misconceptions you may have heard about are not always an inherited temperament. By choosing an adult dog from an animal shelter or rescue group, you can effectively judge their personality for yourself and see if their characteristics suit your needs, and for Chow Chow puppies, ensuring you purchase your pup from an ethical, assured breeder can give you peace of mind for their socialisation, health and family history.

All in all, when you treat your Chow Chow with respect, dignity, love, patience and compassion, you’ll make a furry friend for life. If you’d like to find out more about a Chow’s personality and temperament, why not join our Facebook group today to hear from our community of Chow Chow owners themselves?

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