The American Chow Bulldog: A Complete Guide

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The American Chow Bulldog is a mixed breed that is the result of bringing together the American Bulldog and the Chow Chow.

At first, you might be forgiven for wondering why on earth these two distinctly different breeds have been brought together, but when you look more closely, it will become clear.

A number of people will be aware of both parent breeds, but this mixed breed is going to be completely different.

This makes it harder to care for the breed when you know very little about it, but that is where our complete guide will prove to be rather useful.

Throughout our guide, we will cover the main areas that you need to know about to provide this breed with the best life possible.

The aim is to educate you to make sure that you are then the ideal owner for the breed. However, first, we need to begin by looking a bit more closely at you.

American Chow Bulldog Puppies – Before You Buy…

A small brown American Chow Bulldog
The American Chow Bulldog is very loving and loyal to its family.

There are always a number of things to take into consideration before you buy any puppy, and the American Chow Bulldog is no different.

We want you to spend some time getting to grips with many points that could prove to be rather important when it comes to caring for your new puppy.

You will find that a number of these points will recur throughout our guide. So, at this point, we want you just to think about these kinds of things:

  • How aware are you of potential issues with the breed and its health?
  • Do you understand what it takes to look after this breed?
  • Are you confident enough to train this dog?

The main thing is that we want you to think beyond the information that we will provide to you via our complete guide and determine how it relates to you.

That will always lead to you being able to provide your dog with the best life possible.

What Price are American Chow Bulldog Puppies?

The American Chow Bulldog is just one of a huge number of designer hybrid breeds that have emerged in recent decades.

Within these designer breeds, the price can vary widely and knowing what to expect regarding the price makes sense.

You need to think about supply and demand. If there is a higher demand then the price will be higher especially if it outstrips the supply. This can vary across the country.

The pedigree of the parents will always play a role in determining the price.

The better the pedigree, then the higher the price as it is viewed as being a determining factor in the quality of the puppy that you will then own.

Finally, there is the actual breeder themselves. Those with a better reputation for a certain breed can often charge more due to their apparent expertise.

However, putting all of that to one side, we can give an indication of the rough price of an American Chow Bulldog puppy in the United States.

For this, you can expect to pay around $800, but it can be higher since the Chow Chow is one of the most expensive breeds out there.

In the United Kingdom, you are looking at a price of around £1000.

How to Find Reputable American Chow Bulldog Breeders?

Finding reputable American Chow Bulldog breeders is going to be easier than you imagine. There are several steps that you can take that will help you along the way.

Do remember that this is not a purebred, so the Kennel Club will not formally recognize it, but if you thought that this was an option that was unavailable to you, then think again.

Instead, they can often point you in the direction of people that can help you with this breed, and you will be able to trust the advice that they provide to you.

Another option is going to be the Dog Breeder’s Association for your country and, once again, they can be a useful resource to explore.

They will often keep a list of those breeders attached to the breed, and you will also be able to trust whatever they say to you.

3 Little-Known Facts About American Chow Bulldog Puppies

The three facts that follow regarding the American Chow Bulldog will surely provide you with more of an insight into the breed compared to before.

  • They are quite aloof.

This will surprise people, but this breed is quite aloof in its personality. It just seems to go against anything that could have an American Bulldog as part of its genes.

  • It hasn’t been around for long.

This hybrid breed is one of the new kids on the block as it generally comes from a time after the main influx of designer breeds in the 1990s.

  • It can have weight issues.

This is due to the bulldog part, but this breed can have its fair share of weight issues. You need to pay close attention to its diet to avoid this.

Physical Traits of the American Chow Bulldog

Two American Chow Bulldogs sitting down
The American Chow Bulldog is a strong breed of dog.

As with any mixed breed, there is never a way of knowing how the genes of one parent breed can be stronger than the other.

That being said, there are some physical traits that will tend to be relatively common.

On most occasions, this breed will have the head and neck of the Chow Chow while the body will be more from the Bulldog.

This means the body is strong and sturdy with a short coat.

Also, their coat can come in a variety of colors, but they will be mainly along the lines of the Bulldog as that is the biggest influence on the body.

Their front legs are straight while their hindquarters are extremely powerful.

Their head is large in size along with a large and strong neck, so this is certainly a breed that looks very powerful from every angle.

To maintain the dog, they require brushing a couple of times a week, but the main issue is that they can drool.

You need to be aware of this as it can lead to problems. Also, look out for skin issues and allergies and bath them once a month.

How Big is a Full-Grown American Chow Bulldog?

When it comes to a full-grown American Chow Bulldog, then there is little difference in size between the sexes.

In general, this breed will grow to a height of anywhere between 12 to 20 inches. With their weight, then it can be anywhere between 45 to 70lbs.

However, it will certainly be more likely that the male will be towards the upper end of the range when compared to the female.

What is the Life Expectancy of the American Chow Bulldog?

The life expectancy of the American Chow Bulldog is going to be in line with the average for a dog of this size.

However, it is also a relatively healthy breed which is going to be a huge positive. You should be looking at a life expectancy of between 12 to 14 years for this particular breed.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the American Chow Bulldog

The American Chow Bulldog is very intelligent thanks to the two parent breeds, and it is also seen as being rather aloof when it comes to its personality.

That being said, it will be extremely loyal and friendly to its owners.

However, one problem is that it can be quite stubborn. That does mean that it is not the best breed for someone who is a first-time owner.

In fact, it will generally require an experienced individual to train them thanks to their stubborn nature.

They will be very protective of their family, but they will not be overly aggressive unless they are being challenged.

Also, they will only generally bark when alerting you to something since their normal nature is to be rather quiet.

Finally, many owners would argue that this is not a good dog to have in your home if there are also very young children.

That is not to say that the dog will attack them, but their stubbornness and the way it can be standoffish can ultimately lead to problems that you might want to avoid.

The American Chow Bulldog’s Diet

The face of an American Chow Bulldog
The American Chow Bulldog can be a wonderful addition to your family.

For their diet, you are looking at in the region of 2.5 cups of dry food per day. As with any dog, the quality of the food is key and you should try to get the best that you can afford.

This is purely linked to the nutrients that appear in the better quality as they do not use cheaper, and useless, filler ingredients at any point.

This is bad for your dog and their digestion, so avoiding it will certainly help their overall health.

When you are buying them as a puppy, do ask the advice of the breeder as to what they should be fed and when.

Stick to this plan as best you can as it will serve the very real purpose of providing them with the right nutrients for their development.

As they get older, get advice from your vet since their nutritional requirements do change.

If you want to feed them treats, then you can do so but in a limited way. Also, do not leave them where they can access them or they really will just help themselves to their treats.

Finally, if you want to give them some of your own food, then keep it lean and healthy. You should also restrict the quantity and avoid going over more than 15% of their daily intake.

How Much Exercise Does an American Chow Bulldog Need?

When it comes to exercise and energy levels, then they are relatively low. What this then translates into is your dog only requiring around 30 minutes per day.

However, due to its size, it will not be suitable for apartment living as it will be unable to get the exercise it needs in that space.

This does still mean that you will have to take them for a walk on a daily basis, but it will also be useful if you have an enclosed yard that they can explore whenever they want.

With their walks, they will enjoy having a variety of scenery to check out, as well as different scents, and this will prevent your dog from becoming bored and restless.

American Chow Bulldog Health and Conditions

The American Chow Bulldog is viewed by many as being a relatively healthy breed with only a handful of potential health conditions that are linked to it.

Of course, it can develop various allergies and illnesses just like any dog. However, the main health conditions to be aware of are as follows:

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Congenital Heart Defect
  • Entropion

As you can see, they are pretty healthy, but then you never know for sure what could end up affecting them throughout their life.

My Final Thoughts on the American Chow BulldogA American Chow Bulldog lying down

The thing about the American Chow Bulldog is that it does look rather fierce and a strong dog.

While that is the case, their nature is one that is significantly softer than their appearance may make you feel.

They are very loving and loyal to their family and they will protect you whenever they are able to do so.

Yes, they are strong and that does require someone that is experienced at training a dog to make sure that they are aware of their place in the pack.

Just be wary of them around children as their strength could cause problems if they get too excited at playing.

They will not mean to harm them, but it is always going to be a possibility in some instances.

Overall, the American Chow Bulldog can be a wonderful addition to your family, and you are guaranteed to have a number of fun times with them around.

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