Friday, May 29, 2009

Breed Profile: Chow Chow

The Chow Chow is mostly kept as an indoor companion. Chow Chows are considered to be very loyal and devoted to their family, and if visitors come to their master’s home they can get quite jealous. Because Chow Chows have a naturally dominant nature, they need a strong-willed owner - otherwise they will quickly run amok. Chow Chows do not train very easily; they are relatively friendly with others pets but, as mentioned already, rather suspicious of other humans. Their average lifespan ranges from nine to twelve years. One of the most common genetic disorders of this pet is something called Redundant Forehead Skin. Excess forehead skin can droop over the eye and lead to eye disease and even blindness. Also, because the Chow Chow is susceptible to eczema, its coat and skin hygiene must be monitored very carefully. Grooming, in fact, with a steel brush is recommended every day.