Golden Chow Retriever

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50-75 lbs
Golden Retriever
Chow Chow
Golden Chow

Gentle, smart, and protective, the Golden Chow Retriever is a hybrid breed developed with the combination of the Golden Retriever and the Chow Chow. This energetic hybrid is known for his perception and devotion. Reserved, he is known to be protective of his family and his surroundings and must be provided with early socialization in order to be able to get along with other dogs and strangers. The Golden Chow Retriever weighs an average of 50 to 75 pounds and stands tall at 20 to 25 inches.

Companion, Guarding, Hunting
Date of Origin
Golden Retriever, Chow Chow

Golden Chow Retriever Health

Average Size
Height: 20-25 inches Weight: 50-75 lbs
Height: 20-25 inches Weight: 50-75 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Allergies
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Hypothyroidism
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Entropion
  • Ectropion
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination
  • Complete Blood Count

Golden Chow Retriever Breed History

The history of the Golden Chow Retriever is vague and not well documented. Hybrid breeds have increased in popularity throughout the last two decades and while the hybrid's origins are not known, it is just as important to review the history of his parent breeds. The Chow Chow is thought to have originated about 2000 years ago from the Samoyed and the Tibetan Mastiff. The breed was widely popular as a sporting dog in China. The Chow Chow was a favorite among the wealthy, especially emperors. This large canine was used as pointers and scenting dogs who could protect, herd, and pull wagons and carts. In the late 1700s, the Chow Chow was imported to England. In 1890, the breed was imported to the United States. In 1903, the Chow Chow was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club. The Golden Retriever was believed to have descended from local dogs in Britain in the 1800s. The breed can be traced back to the St. John's Dog of Newfoundland. With time, the Red Setter, black Wavy-Coated Retrievers and Tweed Water Spaniels were developed. These dogs were also under the umbrella “Retrievers – Yellow or Golden”. In the 1900s, the Golden Retriever was imported to the United States and quickly rose in popularity. The breed was known as a great companion for families. In 1925, the first Golden Retriever was registered with the American Kennel Club. To this day, the Golden Retriever is a family-favorite and remains one of the most popular dogs in the country. The Golden Chow Retriever is not recognized by the AKC due to his hybrid breed status.

Golden Chow Retriever Breed Appearance

The Golden Chow Retriever may inherit either parent breed's coat in terms of length and it is usually dense, thick, wavy, and non-water-repellent. With a large build that requires him to have significant space within the home, he stands between 20 to 25 inches and weighs an average of 50 to 75 pounds. His dropped ears hang to the sides of the face, and his long tail is slightly curved. This large canine's feet are massive as well. The Golden Chow Retriever's snout is medium-length with a black nose and he has dark eyes. His expression is a solemn and protective one.

Eye Color Possibilities
Nose Color Possibilities
Coat Color Possibilities
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Golden Chow Retriever Breed Maintenance

The Golden Chow Retriever is not considered a hypoallergenic hybrid and will shed extensively throughout the year. Brushing is a high priority with this mix and daily care is a must. Groom him with a firm bristle brush, greyhound comb, and a rake to remove shedding hairs. The Golden Chow Retriever will look his best with a professional grooming session every 4 to 6 weeks to prevent mats and to have the coat trimmed and shaped. The teeth should not be neglected; cleaning two to three times a week at minimum will prevent tartar accumulation. Each week, take a look at your dog's ears to make sure there is no buildup of dirt or moisture that can lead to odor or infection. Trim his nails every two weeks.

Brushes for Golden Chow Retriever
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Golden Chow Retriever Temperament

The Golden Chow Retriever's temperament will vary on several factors such as genetics and training. If he inherits dominant traits from the Chow Chow, he is more likely to be aggressive and additionally, protective of his environment. On the other hand, the Golden Retriever is a lovable goofball searching for affection. Generally speaking, your Golden Chow Retriever will be guarded against strangers and people he may not be familiar with. It will take guidance and socialization when young to ensure he welcomes others. This hybrid is most suited to  a family without young children and he is also not recommended for first-time owners as he may be stubborn to train. Working consistently and firmly with him will allow your Golden Chow Retriever to become more friendly, loving, social, and playful. This canine may be guarded in the presence of other dogs without the proper instruction and encouragement. 

Golden Chow Retriever Activity Requirements

The Golden Chow Retriever possesses a moderate level of energy that will require 60 minutes of activity per day. Your well-built dog will enjoy swimming, playing games of fetch and may join you for a short jog. Walk him at least twice a day. If he gets along well with other dogs, racing around with others within the enclosure of the dog park is a good way to burn off energy and as well, practise his social skills. Not a couch potato, he will be willing to rest at the end of the day as long as his body and mind were worked throughout the day. Apartment living is not the place for this hybrid; he'll need a home with a yard where he can get outside for plenty of fresh air. He likes a cool climate and shouldn't be exercised too vigorously in the heat.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Golden Chow Retriever Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.5 - $1.9
Monthly Cost
$39 - $52

Golden Chow Retriever Owner Experiences

12 Weeks
5 People
House & Yard
Throwing balls
Very different one min he’s ok than the next min he snaps
1 week, 5 days ago
3 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Just barely got Nico a couple days ago, he’s a rescue and so far the most docile and shy dog I’ve ever come across. I’m sure it will change as he gets used to our super hyper Aussie/boarder collie mix. After he warms up to us I can see him bring a really fun companion.
3 weeks, 3 days ago
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