Hi, I have been hearing different opinions on Chows as pets expsecially with kids. I am thinking of getting one and would appreciate your feedback. Should I get one? Thanks John webmaster @ www.koolferrets.com
Chows are naturally a dominant breed, but with proper socialization and training you may have success. If you have other choices, go with something else. Many owners do have behavioral issues with their dogs. The problem with Chows is that they are very suspicious of strangers and give little clues like growling before they go for people(biting). Many groomers will not touch a chow and some Vets as well.
Sue's hit the nail on the head with this one. Proper socialization is a must for chows. I've also heard they bond to just one person in a family, and merely tolerate the presence of the others. I have known some families with chows and they do great though. Just make sure the breeder you get hte dog from breeds for temperament first.
The above is true...If you are considering from a few different breeds this one is probably going to be the more difficult one to have with kids. It is not impossible, but I have kids and would say if your kids are older and have been raised with dogs go for it. If not you may want a different breed.
i have a chow mix who has the personality of the chow. i would never in a million years suggest this breed for a family with children. he is an extremely dominant dog, has exerted his dominance over my son on more than one occasion. this was when he was younger. now he is fine with everyone in my family. he despises the neighbor hood children and has to be locked up if my son's friends are over. he is somewhat okay with strange adults. he will pretty much ignore them if they are in the house but they cannot make him do anything because he will test them. if they can prove to him he needs to listen to them then he will respect them and behave . he unforutnately is an oppurtunist and has gotten out on us a few times. he will run past a group of kids and adults and ignore them so he doesn't look for a fight but he will bare teeth if he is cornered. he is what i would consider to be a liability. he is now after six intense years a wonderful family dog and is even a lap dog but he is a big problem with anyone outside our family. he isn't animal aggressive though he likes other dogs just not kids or some adults. but if you will have kids coming in your house to play and such i would NOT get a full blood chow.
I have a chow husky mix and she is a great dog. She is wonderful with children but she does show some aggressiveness, especially towards men. She gets along wonderfully with my husky, but she is territorial. We take her to doggy day care, and we have no problems with her and other dogs. I think that as long as they are socialized, chow mixes can be great, loving pets for children.
Chow Chows need a strong owner and stronger minded owner. They are wonder house pet and are wonderful with children as long as you are strong with them. They will alway try to dominate you. MY husband had a chow chow when we first got together best dog ive ever seen with children they could hang on his tail grab his furr and he wouldn't give a hoot but he was also brought into the house as a pupp with a infant child. IMO if brought up right like any other dog a chow can be a great pet but will alway be leary of strangers. They were trained as guard dogs and will alway guard what they think is there's and if they dont want someone there they will let you know. They are a very good judge of charater.
I just have to say something in defence of the Chow. My children are now 24 to 32 years old, as they were growing up I bred and showed Chows, and while I wouldn't call 6 litters in 20 years a lot of chows,but a fairly good sampling. Over that period I brought in 14 adults from outside ranging in age from 2 to 8 years of age. Some of them were there as prospective sires, most to stay permanently, all were purebred, several finished champions. There were 2 bites over the years, one when my daughter, after being told a thousand times not to, tried to break up a fight, one in the noise and confusion of the fire that destroyed our house. Only the first broke skin, and Princess froze when she realized my daughter's thumb was in her mouth, the injury was a scratch. By the same token I brought a male chow cross here as a rescue and I had to put him down as I felt he could be dangerous. Chows are aloof and independent tend not to trust strangers. That does not mean they should be aggressive, just that they aren't likely to run up to a stranger, tail wagging and kiss them. They are also fiercely loyal, extremely clean (Chows don't smell doggy either), and very protective of their families. Some require you to take a very firm alpha hand,usually as adolescents, and like any breed some are soft. To want a chow you have to be aware of the history of the breed, they were bred for 3000 years to fight to amuse the emporers of China, most will not back down from a fight. The breed has a very small gene pool, and genetic problems are very common (the reason I stopped breeding), they are also prone to torsion. I would reccommend a chow as a family pet, but if you do your research ( talk to as many breeders as you can) and decide you are going to have one as a family member, make sure you find a breeder you can trust. It is even more important with Chows that you meet and interact with the parents, if you cannot find another puppy! The parents should be calm and loving with their owners and tolerant of you once you are introduced. Best of luck whatever you decide.
I grew up with chows as a kid. I had 2 of them from the time i was a baby up until i moved out on my own and i now have a chow/german shepard mix who i wouldn't trade for the world...i loved them growing up and love my dog now to death. even though they are protective they are great dogs.....hope this helps.
my mom a few years back had 2 chows a blonde chow and a black chow, the black chow became sick and was at the vets office for about a week.the vet said she had a stroke and mentally she was like a puppy all over agian. as soon as my mom brought the dog back home she only got as far as the front gate when the other chow came up and attacked the sick chow. the chow died. my mom was torn apart. they have the elimate of surprise,you just don't really know what they will do.by the way there was no sign of aggresion the dog just suddenly attacked.
hi i just thought id let ya know that a cavalier king charles spaniel is the best family dog they are cute loving ambitious and always love a good walk and cuddle its completely up to you which you choose but personally i would go for a cavalier king charles spaniel. bye
I went to a party once and the people owned a chow. He was very very pretty and seemed to be very sweet. He layed on the couch beside me and I petted him the whole night. I had always heard horror stories about them. Well after about 3 hours of sitting on the couch my husband was ready to leave. I petted the dog once again and stood up to leave. I took one step forward and the dog jump on my back biting me on the shoulder. No growl or nothing he just leaped and got me. The owner of course ran over and grabbed him and said "I don't know what I am going to do about him, he has bitten several people and I never know when it is going to happen". It was not a bad bite and I was ok but needless to say I never went back over to that house.
a family i use to babysit for got a chow after i had stopped babysitting for them. i came by when he was out and i petted him and he even let me walk him around....very sweet tempered. though they did say he normally wasn't as sweet to other people he didn't know.
I don't understand that family with the Chow. If they knew the dog had a chance to bite ,why didn't they put the dog up while this party was going on.I know a family who has a Chow Pit mix,a very sweet dog . The dog lives to chase laser lights ,or lights from a flash light.
tj as with all breeds you will find good and bad, some more bad than good. chows fall into the more bad than good category. i think they can be real good for their families but i think if you live in a high traffic household and have kids coming over to play and you have alot of guests you really shouldn't consider a chow.we have a fait amount of chows that come to our clinic. there is 1 that you can trust and do not have to muzzle or sedate to work with. one of the chows that comes to our clinic is owned by my sister in laws brother. while that dog is good with his owners and my sister in laws children he is a horror to work with at the clinic and not good with outsiders. there are many other breeds out there that can offer some of the chows protective instincts and also be good with guests and strange children.
Just wanted to say thanks for all the great info. I will cerntainly take it into consideration. Feel free to visit my site for ferrets. Even though it was designed for ferret lovers it also for other pets except dogs as I don't want to compete with great dog sites such as this. John
I got a Chow when my son was almost a year old and everyone told me I was crazy because Chows are mean. She was the best dog. She loved my son (who's now almost 14) and followed him everywhere. She was very smart and very good about being able to sense if someone was 'good' or 'bad'. She was the best dog. But just like any other dog, it depends on how they're raised.