Chow Pei

Dog Breed Profile

Chow Pei History

The Chow is a Chinese spitz-type dog with a thick, corded coat that comes in solid colours, usually black, red or blue. The Chow is alert, intelligent, and fearless, and makes a good guard or watchdog. The Chow should be socialized early, as aggression towards other dogs or strangers is often exhibited. The Chow is descended from the mastiff-like native dogs of the Orient. It may have originated in Mongolia, or Tibet. The chow chow is among the oldest known breeds of domesticated dogs, with archaeological evidence suggesting that they were first kept in neolithic China. The chow was revered by the Chinese and was a symbol of wealth and nobility. In ancient China, the chow was represented in art, literature and on artifacts, and was often depicted with human attributes. The Tibetan Mastiff, also known as the Tsangpo, is believed to be the ancestor of the modern day chow. The Tibetan Mastiff was used by the Qiang and Mongol peoples of Tibet, and by the Han Chinese. The Tibetan Mastiff was bred to guard livestock, as well as family and property. The Lhasa Apso, a toy-size version of the Tibetan Mastiff, is believed to have originated from crosses with other small spitz-type dogs.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America

Chow Pei Physical Characteristics

The Chow Pei is a medium-large, muscular, and athletic breed of Chinese Spitz that has a wrinkly, short, coarse, and wiry coat. They stand 15 to 18 inches at the withers and weigh between 35 and 50 pounds. They have a rectangular head and a long tail. The Chow Pei has large, round, hazel or brown eyes. They have a thick, heavy, undershot bite. The breed has a thick, curly, or straight, water resistant, and water-resistant, double coat that is fawn, red, or blue. The hair is very short on the muzzle, ears, and ruff. Their long, straight legs make them great jumpers. The Chow is a very independent and stubborn breed.

Eye Colors


Nose Colors

Black, Brown

Coat Colors

Black, Brown, White, Sable, Brindle

Height Range

Male Height Range: 13 – 20 inches

Female Height Range: 14 – 16 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 40 – 60 lbs

Female Weight Range: 40 – 60 lbs

Chow Pei Health

Description of breed health.


10-15 yrs

Chow Pei Health Concerns

Patellar Luxation, Skin Problems, Bloat, Eye Problems, Hypothyroidism, Cancer, Bone And Joint Problems, Skin Fold Dermatitis, Brachycephalic Syndrome

Chow Pei Temperament and Behaviour

The Chow Pei is sweet, kind, and devoted, and makes a wonderful family pet. They are gentle and sensitive, and tend to get along well with children and other pets. They are independent and self-confident, and do not always require a lot of exercise. However, they do need daily walks.

Chow Pei Activity Requirements

Chow Chows are a breed of dog that originated in China. In ancient times, they were bred for hunting and fighting, but today they are best known as companion dogs and show dogs. While they were originally bred to be hunters, Chows are not particularly high-energy. While they do need regular exercise, they can get most of their energy out through indoor play and long walks. The Chow is an intelligent, independent, and stubborn breed. They need a patient, loving owner who can provide consistent training. A Chow who receives enough attention and training will be a happy, well-mannered pet.

Miles Per Day

10 miles

Activity Per Day

90 minutes

Daily Food

3 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Chow Pei is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Chow Pei is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Chow Pei is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Chow Pei is part of the Unclassified group.

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