The Chow Chow, one of the oldest dog breeds in the world, originates from China. In Chinese their name translates to ‘puffy lion dog.' Their history dates back as far as the Han Dynasty, 206 B.C., and the Chinese Emperors were fond of owning and breeding Chow Chows, which is why it has a royal and regal reputation. It is a distinctive breed known for its magnificent lion-like mane, thick dense coat and aloof demeanour. They have an unusual blue/black tongue. Their dense double coat is shed twice a year and requires very regular grooming and attention, so they are a high-maintenance breed of dog to own, and are not suitable for people with dog allergies. They are also one of the most expensive breeds to buy in Australia, with puppies regularly selling for up to $8,000 or more.
Chow Chows are known for their independence and loyalty to their families. They are intelligent but can be reserved with strangers, so they are not known as the friendliest dogs outside of their family members. They do make good inside guard dogs. They require early socialisation and consistent training if they are to get on with other dogs and strangers. Chow Chows are best suited for experienced owners who can provide them with a structured environment and the high level of coat maintenance they require.
Their aloof nature may make them reserved around strangers, and they may require careful introduction to new people and situations. Chow Chows are very prone to overheating due to their short faces and long coats, so they should not be left outside in the sun and require a cool environment inside and plenty of cold water in hot weather. Use of a cooling mat indoors is recommended to stop a Chow Chow from suffering heat stress.
Most Australians can expect to pay between $20 and $60 a month for pet insurance. There are many factors that can influence the cost of pet insurance for your Chow Chow, including the following:
This is the most basic type of pet insurance, covering costs for accidental injuries such as car accidents, poisoning, burns, fractures, snake and spider bites, but not illnesses and other conditions.
This type of insurance provides cover for accidental injuries as well as illnesses like cancer, gastrointestinal problems and eye, ear and skin conditions, but not routine care for your pet.