If you see a fluffy teddy bear walking by that resembles a Golden Retriever, you may have just seen one of the Golden Retriever Chow mix puppies also known as Golden Chows.
Golden Chow Puppy Quick Stats
» A combination of a Golden Retriever and a Chow Chow
» Average estimated lifespan of between 10 – 14 years
» Average estimated weight of between 50 – 75 pounds
» Average height of approximately 20 – 24 inches
» Training difficulty – Medium
» Grooming requirement – High
» Exercise requirement – Medium
Appearance of Golden Retriever Chows
Don’t let the name deceive you, Golden Chows can be found in many different colors. The Golden Retriever parent may be golden, but Chow Chows come in a variety of colors including black, blue and red.
Your puppy should be generally one solid color, with some possible lightening on his underbelly, tail and legs.
If your puppy inherits the Chow Chow coat, expect to constantly groom your dog. Chows need frequent bathing and brushing to keep their coats clean and mat-free. Golden Retrievers need regular brushing as well, so invest in a good brush for your Chow Chow Golden Retriever mix.
Taking Care of Golden Retriever Chow Mixes
To downplay possible aggressiveness in your Golden Chow puppy, socialize him at an early age to get him used to interacting with a variety of people.
Take him exploring around your area so he can grow accustomed to new sights and sounds, and even consider dog training school so he will learn to obey commands.
Fence your backyard if you plan on letting your dog run freely outside. Fencing will prevent your Golden Chow’s overly protective instincts from kicking in anytime someone new walks up to your front door.
He may get loud, but at least if he is fenced in the backyard his bark will be much worse than his bite. Try and always approach him from the front if he inherits the deep-set Chow Chow eyes, because they will limit his peripheral vision.
Health Issues of Golden Chows
In addition to possibly deep-set eyes, dogs that are a Golden Retriever Chow Chow mix can have other eye problems that are prevalent in both parent breeds.
Cataracts in particular are a problem for both Chow Chows and Golden Retrievers, so keep a close watch on your dog’s eyes as she gets older.
Goldens and Chows are also both prone to hip dysplasia, so ask your breeder if the parent dogs have been tested for this genetic disease before buying your puppy. Ask to see a veterinarian report if the parents have been tested.
Fleas can be a particular problem for Golden Chows that inherit the thick Chow Chow coat. The thickness of their coat makes them especially susceptible to fleas.
Golden Retrievers are often allergic to fleas, and if you puppy has this allergy you will need to be extra vigilant to make sure they don’t become a problem.
A Golden Chow puppy can bring a lot of surprises to its owner because its personality is hard to pin down. If you are an experienced dog owner who is looking to get to know your dog as an individual rather than an expected breed standard, Golden Retriever Chow mix puppies might be the right choice for you.