The Chow Chow


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Interesting Facts:  The Chow dog’s mouth and tongue are blue-black.  The breed originated in China where they served as guard dogs and companions.

Appearance:  A Spitz breed, the Chow has a square build with a tightly-curled tail and upright ears.  His coat is thick and plush, and may be black, red, blue, fawn or cream.  Chows can reach 22 inches at the shoulder.  Their movement appears slightly stilted thanks to a stiff-legged gait.

Personality:  This is a laid back breed, but can be wary of strangers.  They are very loyal to their guardians.

Size:  55 lbs        Life Expectancy:  12 years

Common Health Problems:  Chows are prone to minor health concerns including entropion (eye irritation) and ear infections.  Hip and elbow dysplasia is seen in some dogs.

Best Match:  The Chow’s best match will be prepared for frequent grooming, about every 6 weeks, as he’ll do some serious seasonal shedding and his heavy coat requires at least bi-weekly brushing in order to be groomed effectively and not mat.  At home I suggest a de-shedding brush such as the Andis or Furminator between grooming sessions.  The Chow, like most dogs, would prefer a person or family with whom she can spend a great deal of time.  This dog is not a great choice for someone who frequently entertains or who has high expectations for a fast friend — he needs time to warm up to people. 


Featured Adoptable:  Bruno is a tad timid, but responds well to kind words and attention. He walks relatively well on leash but would benefit greatly from additional training.  This non-aggressive sweetie loves walks and hopes to find someone to share this passion with him.  He is alert and eager to please and will do well in a home with older, respectful children.  This senior pooch has many more years of love to share.  Bruno is a neutered, adult male who is house trained and current on shots. Meet Bruno at Homeward Bound Pets in McMinnville, OR, or call 503-472-0341 or visit for more information.

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Megan Mahan lives with visiting foster animals, quite a few fish, and her boyfriend in Eugene, Oregon.  She is excited to now be with Spot full time, and devotes much of her free time to fostering pets and creative writing.  From her high school gig as Dog Bather to her more recent years working at the Santa Cruz SPCA where she was contributing editor of the newsletter, Megan has always lived, loved and worked with animals.