CHOW CHOW CARE
They are a compact heavily built dog and should not be encouraged to leap onto furniture or race up and down stairs; this can lead to injuries and certainly does nothing for soft furnishings ! Although heavily coated they do not shed hairs everywhere and regular brushing will ensure that loose hair is removed and therefore will not be deposited on the carpets.
A rolled leather collar and lead with a secure clip are required and when fitting the collar make sure it is tight enough to prevent the chow from slipping his head out of it. Train the Chow to walk steadily and not to pull (one of the commonest failings when taken out on a lead - and they certainly are strong). Many owners do not let their Chows off the lead, certainly it is not wise until the Chow is totally 'yours' and always responds to your calls to return - it is best to train in a securely enclosed area without distractions. Chows are notorious cat chasers and will also chase sheep etc., if the opportunity arises. Come are known to burrow under fences and enjoy the opportunity to roam free, so beware. Any additional training is up to the individual owner but if you wish to show your Chow, visits to the local training classes will be of benefit to owner and Chow alike, also visiting busy shopping areas to get used to people moving around them will be helpful.
While growing up a Chow should be fed to appetite but a rough guide at 8 weeks would be two meat meals with approximately 4oz meat or some other source of protein and the same amount of mixer or biscuit meal and two milky meals of cereal and milk or rice pudding. Some Chows cannot take cows milk so it may be better to use powdered milk or evaporated milk diluted with water. Increase the volume of food as the Chow grows, from about 12-14 weeks stop one of the milk meals and continue with 3 meals until approximately 6 months, from then on two meals a day are sufficient and at one year old one main meal only if the Chow is satisfied with this. It is not recommended to give any dog 'tit-bits' but a few hard biscuits can be given to assist in keeping teeth clean and a bedtime or breakfast treat. Household 'leftovers' can be added to the main meal.
Most chow owners remain faithful to the breed for many years and would not have any other breed of dog but if it is your choice, do remember that you will not get a fawning lap dog (unless it is a rare exception) as the Chows character was formed a very long time ago. A regularly groomed and well trained Chow will be a constant joy to his owners and always attract compliments from other people which are what existing Chow owners wish to perpetuate, so do try and do your best with your member of the breed.