American Chow Bulldog

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45-70 lbs
12-20"
United States
American Chow

Dignified and aloof, the American Chow Bulldog is a fiercely independent and protective breed. The American Chow Bulldog has origins from the two parent breeds, the American Bulldog and the Chow Chow. Its exact history is unknown but it is thought that this hybrid is a recent one. The breed mixes the playful, affectionate American Bulldog with the guarded and reserved Chow Chow. The American Chow Bulldog more closely resembles the American Bulldog in terms of its smooth, thin coat. The breed has the Chow Chow look in the face and neck areas. The physical and personality traits that can be attributed to both parent breeds can be inherited differently in each litter, making for an interesting combination every time. Maintaining the American Chow Bulldog is relatively easy; daily brushing is recommended for upkeep. The American Chow Bulldog typically has a low energy level but still requires daily exercise for optimum health and weight. 

Purpose
Guarding, Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
American Bulldog, Chow Chow

American Chow Bulldog Health

Average Size
Height: 12-20 inches Weight: 45-70 lbs
Height: 12-20 inches Weight: 45-70 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Congenital Heart Defect
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Hip
  • Heart
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination

American Chow Bulldog Breed History

The American Chow Bulldog originated from two parent breeds – the American Bulldog and the Chow Chow. The breed originated in the United States sometime in the last three decades. Additional information regarding the history of the American Chow Bulldog is unknown. Its original purpose was to serve as a watchdog and a loyal companion. Today, the American Chow Bulldog still serves as a sufficient watchdog and as a companion. The American Chow Bulldog can become strongly attached to one person within the family which is why it is imperative that the breed be trained effectively from an early stage in order to avoid that situation. Both breeds may be guarded in personality and can be reserved if they are not familiar with others. Originally, the American Bulldog was popular in the deep South and was often used by farmers and ranchers to control feral pigs. The American Bulldog had a reputation for being ferocious and was bred to be aggressive. Throughout the years, breeders have successfully bred the aggression out of the breed. The Chow Chow originated in China, specifically in the district surrounding Canton, where it is considered to be an indigenous breed. It is believed that the name “Chow Chow” originated from an English term meaning articles brought from the Oriental Empire during the latter 18th century, such as knick knacks. In 1903, the AKC officially recognized the Chow Chow. The American Chow Bulldog is not officially recognized by the AKC due to its crossbreed status.

American Chow Bulldog Breed Appearance

The American Chow Bulldog closely resembles the Chow Chow in the head and face areas. The breed resembles the American Bulldog in the body areas in terms of appearance and short, thin coat. This breed is considered to be a medium-to-large breed with an average height of 12 to 20 inches and an average weight of 45 to 70 pounds. With a squared, muscular, and sturdy body, the eyes of this inquisitive canine are dark brown and rounded on a head that is large, carrying an expression of fierce independence.. The front legs are straight and the hindquarters are powerful but even so, the fearless gait of this hybrid is agile and smooth.. Its neck is strong and muscular. The teeth meet in a scissors bite. Its coat varies but is typically fine and short, and can come in black, blue, cinnamon, cream, and red; usually, the coat will take on the American Bulldog's dominant trait. 

American Chow Bulldog Breed Maintenance

The American Chow Bulldog is not considered to be a hypoallergenic breed and will shed moderately, partially due to the Chow Chow traits. Daily brushing with a rubber curry brush will assist in removing dead hair from his coat. This breed is susceptible to moderate drooling which can create minor odor in the facial area. It is important to clean the mouth of your pet regularly and wipe it daily to prevent bacterial buildup. It is recommended to bathe your American Chow Bulldog every 6 to 8 weeks, although one must take caution not to overdo it as overbathing can lead to a greasy coat. Nails should be trimmed or dremeled every 2 to 3 weeks. Teeth should be brushed regularly as well. Ears should be cleaned weekly to prevent debris buildup and to avoid the opportunity for yeast to proliferate. 

American Chow Bulldog Temperament

The American Chow Bulldog can be described as an aloof and intelligent breed combining the personality of the parent breeds, the American Bulldog and the Chow Chow. The American Bulldog is known to be affectionate and playful with his family. The Chow Chow however, is more reserved and guarded against others. The American Chow Bulldog is not recommended for new dog owners as he can be a challenge to train.  A stubborn breed set in his ways,  teaching the American Chow Bulldog may require much time and patience. The American Chow Bulldog is not known to be a barker unless he is alerting you to intruders; this hybrid is likely to be fierce and protective of his family. Due to the Chow Chow traits, the American Chow Bulldog runs the risk of inheriting aggressive traits, which can be avoided if taught early. Positive reinforcement and consistency are essential in order to successfully train this breed. The American Chow Bulldog is not recommended for homes with young children due to its standoffish nature. The American Chow Bulldog will need to be coached at an early age to welcome strangers and other animals into his circle.

American Chow Bulldog Activity Requirements

The American Chow Bulldog is a medium to large breed, typically with low energy levels. While your dog may not require intense exercise as much as a purebred American Bulldog, your dog should still be exercised between 15 and 30 minutes daily at the minimum. It is best to split walks between 2 to 3 outings per day to maintain your dog's health and lifestyle; contentment will be found with a change of scenery and an opportunity to get out and about. The American Chow Bulldog would benefit from living in either an apartment or a large home with a yard. While the Chow Chow would be able to live in extreme cold climates due to its harsh and dense coat, the American Chow Bulldog fur more closely resembles the coat of the American Bulldog. It is best for the American Chow Bulldog to live in an area with an average climate and not be subjected to extreme weather. 

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