The Chow Mixes – Chabradors, Chuskies and More!
The purebred Chow Chow is comparable to a big teddy bear or even a lion in appearance, but when one parent is Chow and the second parent is a different breed, the results vary greatly!
If you are interested in getting a Chow mix but would still like to know more about their temperament, which breeds are usually mixed with the Chow and other general info, then read on to find all of the answers to your Chow-related questions.
What Breeds Are Chows Typically Mixed With?
There are actually quite a few mixes out there, anything from the Chabrador to the Chow Pei. Have you heard of all of them?
- CHABRADOR. This one is easy to guess!
You will often see the Chow + Labrador mixes that are black with a blue tongue (the black of the Labrador and the distinct blue tongue of the Chow), but of course, you will find yellow Labs mixed with Chows, too.
- Temperament. It is actually quite difficult to guess what the temperament of a Chabrador will be since the Chow Chow is so different from the Labrador.
Generally speaking, it is safe to say that they are affectionate (a result of both breeds) and loyal.
Since Chows are known for being “…more independent than most breeds,” this trait might come out in the Chabrador. On the other hand, you might also get one that has the personality of the Lab (I love everyone!), so when in doubt, get to know the dog beforehand.
- CHUSKY. Another one that was easy to guess: the Husky + Chow.
Just look at what you get when you mix the two breeds together:
Swoon! Just look at that cute face.
- Temperament. Chuskys tend to be affectionate and loyal dogs, but some can also be a bit needy (pay attention to meeeee!). Their loyalty may also cause them to suffer from separation anxiety if they are left alone for long periods, so keep this in mind if you are away for most of the day.
- CHOW SHEPHERD. A German Shephard Chow mix is another common breed mix and a cute one, at that.
Here is an adult Chow Shepherd in action:
This lady seems to enjoy the water quite a bit!
- Temperament. Chow Shepherds are similar to the Chuskys: most enjoy human attention immensely and thanks to the German Shepherd in there, you will probably have a good guard dog that is loyal to the family.
The Chow stubbornness might show through now and then, but most are quite easy to train.
- CHOW PEI. What do you get when you mix the fluff of the Chow with the wrinkles of the Shar Pei?
The Chow Pei, of course!
- Temperament. Both the Shar Pei and the Chow are loyal dogs and great with families, but it is important to socialize them with children at a young age (when they are puppies) if you want everyone to get along.
If the Shar Pei personality is more dominant, then the dog will require a handler who is both firm but gentle and not afraid to show the dog who is the boss.
- AKITA CHOW. You will also see the Akita mixed with the Chow, a lovely exemplar of both breeds.
- Temperament. The Akita Chow can be a rather independent dog since both of the breeds are known for this trait.
You have probably noticed that loyalty is a pattern in any Chow mix, which is also true of this one.
It is best to get them used to strangers at a young age since adult Akita Chows that have not been properly socialized might be aggressive toward strangers.
General Information About Chow Mixes
- Grooming. If you don’t like grooming your dog on a regular basis, then you probably won’t like having a dog with any Chow in it!
Chabradors seem to be the least troublesome when it comes to fur, but when you get the Akita and Husky mixed in there, you are going to have a lot of fur to deal with.
If your dog is on the fluffy side, then you really need to plan to brush regularly (if not daily, then at least three times a week); this will help prevent mats from forming and the risk that you will have to shave the fur off to remove them!
If your dog has shorter fur, then you might still deal with the shedding but can probably get away with fewer brushing sessions than a fluffier dog.
- Life Expectancy. Based on all of the mixes we looked at, we would say that the average life expectancy is anywhere from 10-13 years.
As we’re sure you understand, it depends on the other breed mixed with the Chow and the overall health of the dog.
- Price? Since these dogs do not have pedigrees (they are not purebred and therefore do not qualify for a pedigree), the cost will be significantly lower, but if one or both of the parents have pedigrees, then the person selling still might ask for a decent sum of money.
If you are planning to rescue an adult, then the costs vary, but we wouldn’t expect them to exceed $200.
After doing quite a bit of thorough research on the Chow breed and mixed breeds that have Chow in them, it is safe to conclude the following:
- They’re typically not good with children unless you socialize them when they are puppies
- Some can be wary of strangers
- Most tend to be independent but loyal to the family
- The grooming needs are demanding
There are, of course, exceptions to every rule, so if you’re still wondering whether or not any of the mixed breeds we looked are right for you, spend some time getting to know a few before you decide.
The last thing you want to do is welcome home a dog for a few days and then give up when you realize it wasn’t the right fit: this is devastating to the dog and heartbreaking for you!
Other Useful Resources
If you would like to read more about the specific mixes we looked at above, feel free to check out these useful resources: