It has been said that the Chow Chow will die for his master but not readily obey him; walk with him but not trot meekly to heel; honor him but not fawn on his friends and relations.
Chow Chows are very loyal and affectionate with their family yet sensitive and hesitant in dealing with strangers. Once attached to a particular family member, your Chow pets are highly protective. The Chow dogs stand with dignity, beauty, pride, intelligence, strong will and independence, but they can be very domineering, serious and stubborn as well. This breed longs to be treated with utmost respect as they have a tendency to lose their temper easily. In short, being a Chow owner requires a lot of patience.
The Chow Chows can be passive and hostile around other pets unless they have been raised with them from an early age. Your Chow Chow can even show aggression. As their master, you must be vigilant whenever they are exposed to other cats and dogs for they are susceptible to throw outbursts. However, with an extensive training and proper socialization, Chow Chows can be warm and friendly around children and others in their living environment.
As a guard-dog, Chow Chows are very keen and impressively alert. Chow dogs will only resort to violence once provoked. Therefore strangers must be highly cautious with their actions once encountered by this breed or one wrong move could trigger attacks.
Chow Chow's obedience is low. This dog breed needs experienced and resolute handlers, who can train them consistently throughout their lives. Their demeanor strictly adheres to their own standards of social manners as possessing a prominently independent trait that appears to be tenaciously hard to be controlled. Training them can be a challenge that calls for a profound ability and great patience to transform this obstinate breed into a gregarious and joyous pet; more fun-loving toward other family members and friends and mild-mannered around other pets and strangers.
At an early age, Chow Chows must be taught as to "who leads the path" or they will turn their master's territory into their own instead. Your Chow pets are smart enough to dominate. They know when to defend themselves, their master, and their domain.
Overall, the Chow Chow's behavior is oddly amazing. It seems Chow Chow pets have their own principles to live by. They love their master yet they can also overpower him at some point. They hate the unfamiliar yet they know when to draw the line. They serve their master by heart yet they can be difficult to please at times.
Having a Chow Chow, a master does not really exist, only two best friends living for the same purpose in two different dogged minds.
It must be the spirit of faith, uniting the hearts of these two very different living creatures - man and dog.