The Chowsky is a hybrid of the Chow Chow and Siberian Husky. Both being large, energetic breeds, the combined forces of a Chow Chow and a Siberian Husky are sure to be fluffy, medium to large dogs full of energy. Both the Chow and Husky are known to be dignified and intelligent creatures.
The Chowsky hybrid is relatively new, originating in America in the last twenty years. The Chow Chow was originally bred as a temple guard in China, where stone ‘Foo dogs’ still sit at the entrances of palaces and temples across the country. Combine that with the brute force of a Siberian Husky, evolved from dogs trained to pull sledges and sleds in the Arctic, a Chowsky is guaranteed to be a fierce and loyal companion. Both breeds are known for their cleverness and dedication to their humans.
- Chowsky dogs like to be near their owners
- Extremely intelligent and protective guard dog
- Well trained Chowskys make excellent family dogs
Chows and Huskys have very different weaknesses. Chow Chows can be resistant to training and even aggressive in nature if left untrained, whereas the Husky is an easygoing and but incredibly energetic. Breeding these two dogs together creates a dog like no other, without the aggressive nature of the Chow Chow while mellowing out the boundless energy of a Husky. Chowskies are a great example of a highly intelligent dog that will serve you well if trained properly. This will require dedication on the owners part to training and socializing your puppy. You can expect a wonderfully alert and watchful dog who is eager to play and please. They will not respond well to shouting and anger so the best way to train this clever breed is to establish yourself as the pack leader through a mixture of respect, love and firmness.
It is important to recognize that while the Chowsky has a large capacity to learn, it is not a breed for a novice dog owner. They require a lot of patience and care as they tend to suffer from separation anxiety and get very sad and lonely. This nervousness can show itself in the form of nipping, barking and howling. They like to be near their owners and that can manifest as aggression when they feel their attention is being stolen or they feel threatened. This is a brilliant guard dog trait, but ensuring your dog has enough attention and socialization will prevent this from becoming an issue with guests.
Chowskies are very energetic, which derives from their Husky parents. For this reason you will want to make sure they have plenty of room to run around and plenty of people or pets to play with. They’re clever dogs, so along with exercise, they will thrive if you support that drive with training and tasks. This mental stimulation will be both fun and rewarding, as the cleverness can also manifest as stubbornness if they do not get enough attention.
These fun-loving dogs can be great with children, as long as the children know how to play properly. Of course, to ensure a success with kids, make sure your Chowsky is well socialized and supervise any initial visits. A well-trained Chow Chow/Husky will be very affectionate and protective towards children and will love playing and chasing kids around.
Both the Husky and Chow are known shedders, so a Chowsky will shed their long fur year-round. It is wise to invest in a good vacuum cleaner and dog brush when owning a Chowsky. Brush them thoroughly at least one a week, and make it a fun and relaxing experience for them so they enjoy it too!
Though Huskys are not typically shaven, if you have ever seen a Chow Chow haircut, then you will know that it is important for them to feel cool in the summertime. Therefore, a Chowsky will do best when they are trimmed during the warmer months. For this reason, you will want to make sure they are desensitized to being brushed and groomed so when it comes to going to the groomers, they will react well and not injure themselves or the groomer!
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(Based on breed recognition. See store for details on a particular puppy.)
Average Weight: 45-80 lbs.
Personality Traits: Independent, loyal, sturdy
Country of Origin: China and America
Coat: Double coat: Long/rough, Long/smooth, Wooly undercoat