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Our collection of Chow images features many champions and best of breed. Whether you are a specialist looking for stock images of breed examples, a designer looking for a striking picture, or you're simply a Chow fan, we're confident we'll have the image you're looking for.

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Chow overview

The origins of the Chow are unknown but he is thought to come from China. Originally used as a source of food in Mongolia and Manchuria, its pelt was also used for clothing.
The Chow dog has a distinctive black tongue.

Very much a one person dog, can have a tendency to snap. Not always easy to obedience train, or good with children, its coat needs constant grooming. 

Other known names for Chow

Chow, Chowdren, Chow Chow, Songshi Quan, Puffy Lion Dog


Inner Asia

Breed Group

Utility Group

Biological data

20-32 kg.
50-70 lbs
15-24 kg.
45-65 lbs.
48-56 cm (shoulder).
17-20 inches.
46-51 cm (shoulder).
17-20 inches.
Colours, markings and patterns
Whole coloured black, red, blue, fawn, cream or white, frequently shaded but not in patches and parti-coloured (underpart of tail and back of thighs frequently of a lighter colour).

Chow links we are happy to endorse

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Chow – Breed standard

The below links are external

Dalmatian references and further reading

Chow Chow Club of Canada 

Nederlandse Chow Chow Club

Chow Chow Breed Council  


Chow Chow Club

Please get in touch

If you are an animal photographer, an expert on Chow dogs or a breeder, we would love to hear from you. We strive to have all the latest, most helpful and accurate information on our website, but nobody is perfect, so we do ask for your feedback if we can improve our website.

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Chow picture ideas

Featured image

AP-14DY3E - Chow head study, in the USA
Photo © Animal Photography, Sally Anne Thompson