The Chowpit: A Complete Guide

The Chowpit is a mix between the Chow Chow and the American Pit Bull.

This good-natured dog may have the devoted and self-reliant personality of an American Pit Bull and the overprotective, warm, and superior traits of the Chow Chow.

This attraction is not for the novice owner.

While a keen companion to those he knows well, this dog will need guidance and consistent training to allow him to feel comfortable in all situations and with everyone he meets.

Chowpit Puppies – Before You Buy…

A Chowpit dog looking back at you
The Chowpit is a loyal, playful dog.

What Price are Chowpit Puppies?

The price of Chowpit dogs starts at $900.

How to Find Reputable Chowpit Breeders?

The term ‘responsible breeder’ is one that means different things to different people.

In an ideal world, all dog breeders should breed responsibly and with the best interests of their dogs in mind.

Buying from a responsible breeder is the first step in becoming a responsible owner. However, picking a responsible breeder and buying from a bad breeder can be something of a challenge.

If you want to make sure that you pick a responsible breeder, there are various things that you should look for and find out to ensure that you start your journey to dog ownership the right way.

The breeder in question should be happy to allow you to visit their premises and see where and how the dogs are kept, including their pets, those that are pregnant, and those nursing litters.

The premises should be clean, well-cared for, and have obvious signs of being home to the dogs.

They should be breeding healthy dogs, and all the dogs present are healthy and in good condition.

Keeping records of health testing and the genealogy of the breed lines is a good sign.

The breeder should talk to you in-depth about any health issues that they have faced in their breed lines, how they have dealt with the affected dogs, and how they are working to improve the breed’s health.

They should also have a good relationship with a local veterinary practice and ensure that the pups are seen and vaccinated on schedule.

A reputable breeder should have a good understanding of how the buying process goes.

They should have a contract of sale available for you to read before committing to a purchase.

This contract should cover information on how the breeder will support you after the sale, as well as the details of the sale itself.

Reputable breeders should be able to provide references of people who have bought puppies from their previous litters.

3 Little-Known Facts About Chowpit Puppies

  1. Genetic studies point to the Chow Chow parent as one of 14 ancient breeds and are thought to be a descendant of the Tibetan Mastiff and the Samoyed.
  2. The Chow Chow parent breed originated over 2,000 years ago in China and was designed as herding, hunting, and guard dog.
  3. The American Pit Bull parent is known to be a loving and gentle dog if given the proper training and care.

Physical Traits of the Chowpit

A small Chowpit puppy sitting on the grass
The Chowpit is a pretty good watchdog.

The Chowpit is strong, stocky, and muscular as the body form of this hybrid takes after the American Pit Bull parent.

It can be medium or large and typically stands low to the ground. It’s heavily built and has a wide jaw that has a strong grip.

The Chow Chow inheritance means that the muzzle is often of medium length and sports a black nose.

Its feet may appear webbed and sturdy. Its tail can be positioned straight out or be sickle-shaped and slightly curled at the back.

The fur can be similar to either breed in texture and length but typically the American Pitbull coat is seen.

The Chowpit has dark eyes and an alert, intelligent facial expression that he gets from both parent dogs.

Chowpits tend to have short to medium length hair and the slicker brush works perfectly to glide through the coat, smoothing the fur and removing loose clumps.

This hybrid does not have a doggy smell. Instead of bathing him often, you can use pet wipes to clean the coat as needed.

Some Chowpits will have a few wrinkles on the face and neck, which will need to be checked often for moisture and dirt accumulation.

Gently wipe the folds and make sure that they are dry so that there will be no bacteria buildup within the folds.

If you brush their teeth regularly, you will avoid costly dental bills that may be required if the teeth begin to decay.

Clipping their strong nails may take effort, so train them from a young age to sit quietly through the procedure.

They may learn to like the grooming routine and consider it time that they get one-on-one attention from you.

How Big is a Full-Grown Chowpit?

Chowpits can grow up to 17 to 22 inches and weigh 40 to 70 lbs.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Chowpit?

The life expectancy of Chowpits is 10 to 15 years.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Chowpit

A golden colored Chowpit dog
The Chowpit is the mix between the Chow Chow and the American Pit Bull.

Both the Chow Chow and the American Pit Bull have strong personalities.

Your Chowpit may be stubborn and aloof at times, but he can also be friendly, goofy, and quite affectionate.

He will need obedience training from a young age, and it is recommended that he continue the training through various levels.

Doing so will allow him to gain a sense of leadership from you, which is important when one owns a sturdy and powerful dog.

Taking him through several levels of training will permit him to show off his intelligence as well, which is always fun for both trainers and trainees.

This dog is excellent for a household without children. This is because he is huge and heavy and may accidentally knock children over while playing.

The Chowpit will thrive in an active home surrounded by strong and athletic personalities so that he can also grow and thrive as a family member.

Give him plenty of opportunities for interaction with adults and other canines in the proper setting so that he can gain socialization skills that will serve him well.

The Chowpit’s Diet

Chowpits consume a diet largely consisting of grains and vegetables, with the occasional supplement of soy and fish.

It is also advised to prepare homemade meals for the protein-sensitive Chowpits. Include rice in their diet because it supports healthy skin and a healthy coat.

Eggs and cottage cheese are also good protein sources for Chowpits.

Omega fatty acids are essential for their healthy skin and coat, and you can provide these by adding a teaspoon of olive or fish oil to their meal.

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

Other healthy additions are frozen peas and beans. Blueberries provide antioxidants. Plain, low-fat yogurt provides healthy, helpful bacteria to the digestive system.

Four cups of food per day are the most you should feed your Chowpit. Feed him once or twice a day. If you choose to feed your Chowpit dry dog food, combine it with a homemade stew of vegetables and rice.

How Much Exercise Does a Chowpit Need?

The American Pit Bull parent has a medium to a high energy level which will be balanced out by the laidback nature of the Chow Chow.

Your Chowpit will need to keep active to be at his happiest. Remember that the instincts of the parent dogs are that of working and having a job to do.

Walk him two or three times a day briskly and with a purpose so that he will feel calm and relaxed once you get home.

Apart from obedience classes, a well-socialized Chowpit will also enjoy runs, hikes, fetch games, flyball, and agility training.

Chowpit Health and Conditions

Major health concerns for this breed include hip dysplasia and patellar luxation.

Minor health issues include cataracts and entropion. There may also be occasional diagnoses for allergies.

The veterinarian can ask your Chowpit to go for blood chemistry, ophthalmologic examination, blood count, and X-rays.

My Final Thoughts on the ChowpitA close up of the Chowpit's face

The biggest concern with the Chowpit is that he will be a fairly aggressive animal.

The American Pit Bull parent can be dominant and aggressive if not trained properly, and the prey drive in the Chow Chow parent can be stronger.

Both need to be handled from an early age.

Even with the best training, you won’t get an affectionate softie like with many other Pit mixes.

Instead, you have a loyal, playful dog that is also quite independent.

It won’t be as keen on physical attention. This can be a problem in families with kids.

There will be families that say that these dogs get along great with kids, whereas others sense that they only tolerate kids.

They will be friendly enough with the family pack, but less so with strangers and other animals.

On the plus side, they can make pretty good watchdogs, especially because they are also a little more vocal than other dogs.

On the downside, this may be a dog that is best suited for singles or couples with no other pets.

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