Chow Chow
One of the oldest breeds, this bearlike dog is known for his independent nature.
Height: 17 to 20 inches at shoulder
Weight: 40 to 70 pounds
Coat: thick, rough or smooth
Life span: 12 to 15 years
Breed Group: Working Dogs
This distinctive-looking dog has a proud, independent spirit that some describe as catlike. He can be aloof--if you're looking for a cuddle buddy, this probably isn't the best breed for you--and downright suspicious of strangers. But for the right person, he's a fiercely loyal companion.
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General Characteristics
Amount of shedding
Dog friendly
Ease of training
Heat tolerance
Need for exercise
Tendency to bark or howl
Watchdog ability
Affectionate with family
Easy to groom
Energy level
General health