The wide fur collar of the Chow-Chow gives him a leonine aspect and confirms his nickname of miniature lion.
Having no back angulation, the Chow Chow has a very particular gait giving him an unnatural look.
Between 48 and 56 cm (18.90 to 22.05 inches) for the male
Between 46 and 51 cm (18.11 to 20.08 inches) for the female
Between 24 and 35 kg (52.91 to 77.16 pounds) for the male
Between 24 and 35 kg (52.91 to 77.16 pounds) for the female
His dress is rather uniform but can vary. Standard colors are red, black, blue-grey or cream.
His head, with a flat skull, is rather large and reminds one of a bear and sometimes even a hippopotamus, a bit like the Shar Pei's head.
His eyes are like small dark almonds. His ears are small and rounded.
His nose can be black or lighter in color depending on the specimen. His tail looks like a real panache and is very full. The lips, gums, tongue and palate should be purple, very dark blue or even almost black.
The dog's hair is very thick and abundant. It is generally long, but there are also short-haired ones. The hair is also covered by a very woolly undercoat.
According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 5, section 5 and is #205