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Breed Standards for the Chow Chow



General Appearance:

Powerful, squarely built, and sturdy with heavy bone and strong muscular development.




Blue-black tongue and black mouth; Padded button of skin above the inner corner of each almond-shaped eye; Broad, flat skull; Small, triangular ears carried erect




Carried close to back




Solid red, black, blue, cinnamon, and cream




Weight:  45–70 lb;  Height: 17-20”




It can have either a rough coat, which is straight and off standing or a smooth coat, which is hard and smooth.  Both coat types have woody undercoats




It is independent, stubborn, serious and protective and devoted to its family

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