In a lot of houses, dogs are the most prevalent pets. There are many different dog breeds, each with its own set of traits in terms of physical appearance, talents, personality, and temperament. The Chow Chow is a well-known animal with both positive and bad characteristics.
It’s one of the oldest dog breeds on the planet. Its origins can be traced back over 2,000 years to northern China. During the Han period, these dogs were utilized as temple guardians. They were not only used as protectors of religious temples but also as herding and hunting dogs on several occasions.
Due to their outward appearance, Chow Chows can appear to be soft and affectionate, but in actuality, they can become aggressive depending on the situation. This dog is known for being quiet and self-sufficient. It does not enjoy exercising or being among people on a regular basis. It’s a canine that’s a long way away.
However, one of the most distinctive characteristics of this canine is its fur and its different types and colors. Next, you will find the fur types of this canine:
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Chow Chow Fur Types
Chow Chows can have two fur types: rough and smooth. The rough one, which most people are familiar with, is thick and plentiful, standing off the body like a jacket.
A soft, dense, fuzzy undercoat lies beneath that external layer. The hair on the neck and head is thicker, making a mane or ruff. The heavily furred tail that hangs over the back is similarly thickly furred.
The outer fur of the smooth-coated Chow Chow is strong, thick, and smooth, with no visible ruff or feathering, which means longer hair on the legs, ears, tail, or body in general.
In both types, the coat comes in five colors:
The ruff, tail, and feathering may be dilute colors or solid colors with lighter contours.
Chow Chow Black (Solid Color)
The hair of a Chow Chow can be completely black, with gray coloring on the tail and legs. Exposure to the sunlight and fur cycles can also provide a natural reddish hue.
Its eyes are dark brown and its nose and flews (lips) are black; the gums and top of the mouth are blue-blacks, and the tongue is dark blue.
Due to differences in fur characteristics, the puppy hair does not shine as brightly as the adult coat.
Chow Chow Blue (Dilute Color)
The diluted gene’s effect on the black color produces blue (gray color), which could be a solid blue color. It can also have gray coloring on the breeches and tail, as well as a natural crimson tinge from sun exposure and coat cycles.
It will have a slate-colored nose and medium-colored eyes; its tongue and roof of the mouth would be medium to dark blue, and its gums and flews (lips) will be blue-grey in hue.
Due to differences in hair qualities, a puppy’s coat is softer to the touch than an adult’s one.
Chow Chow Cream (Solid color)
The solid color cream has biscuit-colored ears and a black nose with a pinkish tint. Its lips are black, its tongue and palate are dark blue, its nose is pinkish, its tongue and palate are dark blue, and its gums are pink. The color of this coat ranges from almost white to pale crimson (red).
Because the cream pup’s nose only gets pinker with age, it is generally completely black.
Chow Chow Red (Solid Color)
The red fur can range in hue from dark mahogany to light golden, with more delicate shading on the mane, breeches, and tail. The gums will usually be entirely black. It has a black nose, a dark blue tongue, and dark brown eyes. It also has a dark palate and black lips.
The hue of a red puppy’s coat is frequently fading. The pup’s snout can be dark, and the tail tip black.
Chow Chow Cinnamon (Dilute Color)
Cinnamon is a product of the dilute gene’s effect on the red coat. The mature fur can range in color from dark cinnamon to a light sandy tone with a grey hue. The tail and breeches can also be solid or have minor shading. It will have a dark grey nose and light brown eyes. It has blue-grey lips and gums, as well as a moderate blue tongue.
The hair of a cinnamon puppy can range from near silver to sandy, with a pronounced grey hue and, on rare occasions, a grey muzzle.
Caring for Your Chow Chow’s Coat
You have to brush your Chow Chow three times per week to maintain the fur in good shape and prevent loose hair from landing on your furniture and clothes. Chow Chows shed a lot in the spring and summer, so their coat needs additional attention. If the hair is brushed frequently, they do not have a canine odor.