The Chow Hound: A Complete Guide

The Chow Hound is the result of mixing the Chow Chow and the Basset Hound.

He makes an excellent guard dog. When you show him love and treat him with respect, he will be equally loving and respectful to you and the whole family.

The Chow Chow parent dog can be an aggressive breed. He can be fiercely protective of his people and property.

He should have an experienced owner who will devote time and energy to training and socializing him.

The Basset Hound parent dog is a good-natured clown with a definite sense of humor.

He uses his pleading gaze to wheedle treats from anyone who can’t resist them, which is most people, and to get out of trouble when he has broken the rules.

He is highly intelligent and quickly learns to manipulate people using body language and lots of tail wagging.

The Chow Hound is full of team spirit. He enjoys the company of people, kids, and other pets.

Chow Hound Puppies – Before You Buy…

Chow Hound
The Chow Hound can be stubborn when it comes to training.

What Price are Chow Hound Puppies?

The price of Chow Hound puppies is anywhere between $300 to $900.

How to Find Reputable Chow Hound Breeders?

No reputable breeder sells their dogs to pet stores. You also won’t find responsibly bred pets at a flea market or via an online cash exchange.

You know that you’re dealing with a reputable breeder when you’re allowed to look around the breeder’s home and property.

The parent dogs should be clean and should smell clean. They should be warm, energetic, friendly, and should not shy away from visitors.

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Reputable breeders don’t always have puppies available. They may just get your information and let you know when the next litter is ready to be bred.

They only sell to people that they have met in person and interviewed extensively.

Good breeders make it a point to bring their dogs regularly to the veterinarian.

They should also be ready to give you detailed, organized, and professional-looking proof of the puppy’s history, vaccination records, and veterinary visits.

3 Little-Known Facts About Chow Hound Puppies

  1. The Basset Hound parent dog hails from northern France and was used to track small animals.
  2. The Chow Chow parent dog was used for centuries by emperors and wealthy sportsmen because of their speed, stamina, and scenting abilities.
  3. The dense coat of the Chow Chow parent requires higher levels of maintenance, but it provides protection against the cold and bitter temperatures of northern China.

Physical Traits of the Chow Hound

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When resembles the Basset Hound, the Chow Hound has a low maintenance coat.

The Chow Hound will likely have a brown or brindle coat which is soft and teddy bear-like.

His body that will likely be long and stocky like the Basset Hound parent.

His ears will be medium-length and floppy, and his muzzle will be shorter than the Basset Hound parent.

He could inherit the tricolor of the Basset Hound parent dog, like black, white, and tan, or lemon and white, or red and white.

He could also inherit the colors of the Chow Chow parent, which can be cream, white, fawn, red, blue, or black.

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His eyes could be almond or lozenge-shaped and dark in color.

Your Chow Hound hybrid will likely require some grooming maintenance, depending on the type of coat that he has inherited.

The Basset Hound parent dog has a low maintenance coat, needing only weekly brushing and bathing.

The Chow Chow parent requires more frequent brushing and bathing to keep it clean and beautiful and to reduce the doggy smell.

Neither of the parent breeds are hypoallergenic. The floppy ears contributed by the Basset parent will require frequent checking and cleaning to prevent infections.

Both parent breeds also need regular teeth brushing and dental checkups to prevent periodontal disease.

How Big is a Full-Grown Chow Hound?

The Chow Hound can grow up to 13 to 22 inches in height and weigh 40 to 70 lbs.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Chow Hound?

The life expectancy of the Chow Hound is 9 to 15 years.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Chow Hound

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The Chow Hound will be unhappy if left alone all day.

The Chow Hound has been described as smart, friendly, and a great family dog.

If he inherits the personality traits from the Basset Hound parent, he can be affectionate, alert, friendly, gentle, and sweet.

If he takes after the Chow Chow parent, he can be quiet, detached, protective, alert, loyal, intelligent, independent, and aggressive.

Both parent breeds are known to be occasional barkers, with moderate levels of wandering and hunting tendencies.

The Basset Hound parent breed is good with kids and cats and excellent for new owners. However, the opposite can be said for the Chow Chow parent.

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You will need a lot of patience and perseverance when it comes to obedience training.

The actual exercise needs of the Chow Hound are lower. You should expect him to be wary of strangers due to his protective contribution from the Chow Chow parent breed.

The Chow Hound’s Diet

Chow Hound owners can prepare homemade meals. You can include rice, which is easy for him to digest.

Rice also supports healthy skin and healthy coats.

Eggs and cottage cheese are also good protein sources for Chow Hounds.

Omega fatty acids are important to keep his coat and skin healthy. You can provide these by putting a teaspoon of fish oil or olive oil to his food.

Crunchy vegetables like carrots and celery help reduce plaque buildup on your Chow Hound’s teeth and make a healthy addition to their homemade meals.

Other healthy options are beans and frozen peas and beans. Blueberries are good, too, because they provide antioxidants.

Plain and low-fat yogurt can give helpful bacteria to his digestive system.

Four cups of food per day is the most you should feed your Chow Hound. Feed him once or twice a day.

Provide vitamin and mineral supplements for your Chow Hound.

If you choose to feed your Chow Hound dry dog food, combine it with a homemade “stew” of vegetables and rice.

Talk to your veterinarian to determine which foods are best for your Chow Hound.

They will likely recommend a high-quality dry dog food with little animal byproducts and few preservatives.

How Much Exercise Does a Chow Hound Need?

Your Chow Hound will require up to 90 minutes of exercise daily to keep fit and healthy.

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He will be quite happy to lie down by the fireplace or snooze on the fluffy rug, but these activities are not healthy for him.

Daily walks around the park or around the block will suit him well.

But be warned that he can pick up an interesting scent anywhere and anytime, which will stimulate him to follow and investigate without any thought.

To avoid the inevitable chase, keep him on a leash when you have him outside for exercise.

If you have a large fenced in yard, make sure that it’s really secure because the Chow Hound can amaze you with his ability to escape.

The Chow Hound is well-suited to condo, apartment, or family home living, but adequate exercise must be provided.

He will do well in urban and rural settings and can tolerate warm and cold temperatures, depending on the thickness and density of the coat he has inherited.

Chow Hound Health and Conditions

Major health concerns for the Chow Hound include platelet dysfunction, hip dysplasia, seborrhea, and entropion.

Minor health concerns include ataxia, color dilution alopecia, wobbler’s syndrome, glaucoma, cataracts, and elbow dysplasia.

There may be occasional diagnoses for pemphigus, intervertebral disc disorder, dermatomyositis, and progressive retinal atrophy.

The vet may require your Chow Hound to have eye examinations, x-rays, skin scraping, and blood tests as required.

My Final Thoughts on the Chow Hound

Some compare the Chow Chow parent dog’s disposition to that of a cat. He’s generally aloof, reserved, independent, dignified, intelligent, and stubborn.

A good Chow Chow should never be shy or aggressive. He usually minds his own business and doesn’t tend to start trouble.

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He will play with his people, but strangers are of no interest to him. Unless they’re approaching the home without an invitation. He will definitely challenge the trespasser.

He will, however, let them touch him if introduced by one of his owners.

The Basset Hound parent dog is too calm and laidback to ever be hot-tempered.

He gets along with everyone, kids and other animals included. The only thing that gets him very excited is a good scent trail.

He’s calm indoors but alert enough that he makes an excellent watchdog.

He can be stubborn when it comes to training just like all hounds. But he responds best to positive methods such as praise, encouragement, and food rewards.

Basset Hounds are pack dogs and will be unhappy if left alone all day. The company of another dog will be helpful.

Be ready for a combination of these traits from these two breeds when it comes to your Chow Hound.

Whatever combination it will be, you cannot help but fall in love with your Chow Hound.

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OVERALL SUMMARY

7
Cost to Buy
8.5
Cuteness Level
8.5
Family Safety
8
Friendliness
4.5
Health Concerns
7.5
Life Span
4.5
Exercise Required
4.5
Food Required
OVERALL RATING 6.6 / 10

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