Golden Chow Retriever

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50-75 lbs
20-25"
Unknown
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.

Purpose
Companion, Guarding, Hunting
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Golden Retriever, Chow Chow

Golden Chow Retriever Health

Average Size
Male Golden Chow Retriever size stats
Height: 20-25 inches Weight: 50-75 lbs
Female Golden Chow Retriever size stats
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
brown Golden Chow Retriever eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Golden Chow Retriever nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
blue Golden Chow Retriever coat
Blue
red Golden Chow Retriever coat
Red
black Golden Chow Retriever coat
Black
fawn Golden Chow Retriever coat
Fawn
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Golden Chow Retriever straight 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
Comb
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Golden Chow Retriever requires daily brushing
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

Barnaby
5 Years
3 People
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Our baby showed up at our friends house and after attempting to find his owner we took him home. We are so blessed to have him our lives! He is the best dog ever. He is sweet and needs a lot of loving but sometimes the amount of hair he sheds make me think we live in big fur ball. He doesn’t like new people and is very hesitant to allow them near us, especially our son. But once he gets used to them he is fine. When we got him we believe he was abused by his previous owners because he was very skiddish and we had to prove to him we weren’t going to hurt him. Now we have had him for 4 years and he is all about his family!
17 hours ago
Shasta
11 Years
2 People
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We adopted Shasta when she was ~ 10 months old. It took her a few months to become comfortable on a leash but she is always quick when it comes to learning new tricks. She is stubborn, almost cat-like and very independent. Shasta will only cuddle when SHE wants to, any spontaneous cuddles will lead to her grunting and finding a new place to sit. She is very protective of our household and will bark at anyone walking past our house but once face to face with a new adult, baby, or child, she is very calm and gentle. She is very vocal (whines/grunts) when meeting new pets(puppies, kittens) but eventually opens up to them as long as they give her space. High prey drive, she will chase field mice, bunnies, and squirrels without thinking twice. Fun quirks include heavy sighs at the perfect time, taking FOREVER to poop, and removing and disabling squeakers in every toy in the house.
4 weeks, 1 day ago
Aslan
10 Years
4 People
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Aslan is very loyal to our family but is very protective when he is in our home, when he is away from home he seems more docile.
3 months, 1 week ago
Bear
2 Years
3 People
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snuggling
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Chasing birds
Absolutely the best dog. He is more of my child than a dog even. I rescued him from a shelter at 2 months old and he has been my best friend ever since. He will come up and cuddle with me or bring me his toy to play. I started teaching him tricks pretty young so he knows how to sit, shake, jump, and lay down. He was stubborn at first but once he got the hang of it he would do anything for a treat. He gets short bursts of energy where he will run around the house and back yard for about 5 minutes and then wear himself out. He sleeps all day long but right when you come home he greets you (or my roommates) at the door and gets absolutely so excited to see you every time. I have never not been greeted at the door by him no matter if I have been gone for 5 minutes or 5 hours he is always so excited to see you. He loves playing with kids but he is terrified of some men. Most likely he had a bad experience when he was younger but he loves my dad and boyfriend. Overall, you can’t go wrong with this breed as long as you love on them and give them POSITIVE reinforcement as they do have a tendency to be aggressive IF you mistreat them. If you are sweet to them they will be sweet back and will be your forever best friend.
3 months, 1 week ago
Bella
10 Years
3 People
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She is a great dog. Beautiful coat and adorable face. Her temperament is a good mix of sweet and playful. She’s rather lazy and sleeps about 18 hours a day. So gentle with my daughter. I’m definitely her master, but my husband is the person she follows around all day (mostly because he feeds her scraps of food). She won’t fetch and does not care about toys but she loves a kong and comes up with creative ways to get every last bit out! I highly recommend this breed. A great loyal family dog.
3 months, 1 week ago
Milo
12 Weeks
5 People
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Throwing balls
toys
Very different one min he’s ok than the next min he snaps
4 months, 2 weeks ago
Nico
3 Years
3 People
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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.
4 months, 4 weeks ago
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