As you would imagine, the wonderfully thick double coat of a Chow Chow requires expert attention to keep it healthy and striking. Because this breed sheds, you will need a routine to keep the excess hair at bay and a way to vacuum the copious hair that might have escaped your attention. Here are some tips to help you manage Chow Chow grooming.
The American Kennel Club estimates that you will probably need to allocate a couple of hours each week to keep the Chow Chow coat in check. And this time could well be taken up with the task of brushing alone.
And of course like all dogs, the nails need to be clipped on a regular basis. Needless to say, the other routine tasks should be slotted into your routine as well; tasks such as checking ears for wax and cleaning teeth as best you can.
The Coat – FAQs about Chow Chow Grooming
Questions commonly asked by prospective Chow Chow owners include the following:
How would you best describe the Chow Chow’s coat?
This is a double coated breed that has a relatively long and very thick coat.
There are 2 categories of Chow Chow coat:
1. The smooth coat – the outer coat tends to be smoother, as the name suggests, as well as more dense.
2. The rough coat – very thick and lots of it. Here you have an undercoat as well.
How often should I groom my Chow Chow?
To do an adequate job with grooming your Chow Chow, you would need to allow time for a weekly grooming routine.
Do Chow Chow smell?
The Chow Chow is generally regarded as especially clean, having very little of the usual doggy odor.
Do Chow Chow shed?
Yes they do shed but not necessarily every day. You can expect a seasonal shedding but exactly how much will depend on how often you brush your pet.
Chow Chow Grooming Tools
Some of the grooming tools that you will find useful to have on hand include the following (affiliate links):
- Professional Pet Grooming Kits
- Undercoat Rakes
These are especially useful for dogs with thicker than average coats, such as the Chow Chow.
- Nose Butters for Dogs
A natural product designed to moisturize your Chow Chow’s nose.
- Dog Clippers to Manage Chow Chow Grooming Styles
These clippers are suitable for thicker coats and should save you time and make clipping, is required, much easier.
- A Sturdy Dog Brush
Chow Chow Grooming Guides
Here are some titles (affiliate links) that can provide additional information on how to care for your Chow Chow, how to introduce training, how to make sure you have a healthy Chow Chow and how to manage grooming.
- Chow Chows – The Owner’s Guide From Puppy To Old Age
Buying, Caring for, Grooming, Health, Training and Understanding Your Chow Chow Dog or Puppy
- The Chow Chow: A Complete and Comprehensive Owners Guide
Buying, Owning, Health, Grooming, Training, Obedience, Understanding and Caring for Your Chow Chow
Enjoy your time with this absolutely delightful breed.