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30-70 lbs
American Pit Bull Terrier
Chow Chow
Pitchows, or Chowpits, are hybrid dogs created from American Pitbull Terrier and Chow Chow parents. These unique dogs have an average lifespan of around 10 to 15 years and make great companion pets. This designer breed often has a varying appearance since they can be born with physical traits from both parents. Personality as well can change among individuals, since the Chow Chow and American Pitbull Terrier have different temperaments and the offspring can be anywhere in between. Overall, this hybrid breed tends to be kind and obedient but can be uncomfortable around some people that they do not know.
Date of Origin
American Pitbull Terrier, Chow Chow

Pitchow Health

Average Size
Male Pitchow size stats
Height: 17-21 inches Weight: 30-70 lbs
Female Pitchow size stats
Height: 17-21 inches Weight: 30-70 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus
Minor Concerns
  • Ear Infections
  • Cataracts
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Allergies
  • Congenital Heart Defect
Occasional Tests
  • Complete Ophthalmologic Examination
  • Schirmer Tear Test
  • Fluorescein Test
  • Optical Exam
  • Serum Chemistry
  • Complete Blood Work
  • Blood Gas Analysis
  • ECG
  • Blood Electrolytes
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination
  • Urinalysis
  • Radiographs
  • Cultures
  • Complete Blood Profile

Pitchow Breed History

Pitchows are hybrid dogs that are born from an American Pitbull Terrier and a Chow Chow parent. Because this is a mixed breed that was born from two purebred dogs, we have to look at information on the parents in order to find out what your designer puppy will look and act like. American Pitbull Terriers originate from England and were created from several types of Terrier breeds such as the Fox Terrier, the White English Terrier and the Black and Tan Terrier as well as English Bulldogs. This mix was then named as the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and were usually owned by butchers and hunters. Butchers would use these dogs for managing bulls and to hold hunter’s game, such as wild boar. These dogs have a past involved in bloodsports such as bull or bear baiting and were later on used for dog fighting once the previous sports were outlawed in the 1800s. Around the same time, the breed was brought to the United States, which is where they were given the name of the American Pitbull Terrier. No one really knows where the Chow Chow was originally from, but it is known that this breed is very old. There are fossils of dogs that are similar to the Chow Chow that are from millions of years ago, as well as pictures shown on Chinese pottery which date back all the way to 206 B.C. It is thought that these dogs are somewhat related to the Chinese Shar-Pei, since they are both from China and have distinctive blue mouths. This breed was often used as a working dog for the Chinese and were capable of many types of work, including hunting, herding, pulling sleds and carts, guarding boats and protecting the home. Sadly, the breed was used for more than working in China. They were often eaten and considered a delicacy, and their fur was used to make coats for humans. They were brought to England in the 1800s by merchants. The Chow Chow is thought to be the ancestor of several other popular breeds today, including the Pomeranian, Samoyed, Norwegian Elkhound and the Keeshond.

Pitchow Breed Appearance

Most of the time, when you look at a hybrid breed you should be able to see both parents in the appearance of the offspring. Typically, Pitchow puppies will look mostly like their American Pitbull Terrier parents, although they usually have the blue or blue spotted tongue from the Chow Chow. These cute dogs can take on the thick, erect ears of the American Pitbull Terrier or the floppier and more thin ears from the Chow Chow. Sometimes these dogs can develop one ear of each breed! The muzzles of these dogs are similar to those of the American Pitbull Terrier, although slightly shorter. Their jaws are wide and the tongues are, of course, purple. Overall, their bodies are stocky but supple. The back legs of these dogs are like the American Pitbull Terrier, and the tails may be curved. If you need a deeper understanding of what a Pitchow can look like, compare the appearance of both parents.

Eye Color Possibilities
hazel Pitchow eyes
brown Pitchow eyes
amber Pitchow eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
blue Pitchow nose
black Pitchow nose
brown Pitchow nose
isabella Pitchow nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Pitchow coat
white Pitchow coat
brindle Pitchow coat
fawn Pitchow coat
blue Pitchow coat
red Pitchow coat
gray Pitchow coat
brown Pitchow coat
cream Pitchow coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Pitchow straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Pitchow Breed Maintenance

Some traits of hybrid dogs can be hard to determine for sure, since characteristics of a dog can be inherited from each parent. The Pitchow, for example, could be born with an American Pitbull Terrier coat, or maybe one that more closely resembles the Chow Chow. If your dog develops a coat from the first parent mentioned, it will be fairly simple to care for. If they have fur that is more like the Chow Chow, however, maintenance will be a bit more difficult, since you will have to clean between the folds of their skin. Ear cleaning is also needed for dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds in order to lower the threat of ear infections. Perform this simple but necessary task once a week. Another job that you as an owner must do is clipping your dog’s nails. To maintain the nails at a healthy length, cut them shorter around once every month or two. Lastly, tooth brushing is a maintenance need that is vital but often overlooked. Dogs can get tooth decay and gum infections just like us, and require regular teeth brushing to stay healthy. It is best to do this every day, although as often as two or three times a week is okay too.

Brushes for Pitchow
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Pitchow requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Pitchow Temperament

Pitchows will take on some temperamental characteristics from both the American Pitbull Terrier and the Chow Chow. Based on the typical behavior of these two breeds, we can assume that the Pitchow will be a fairly independent dog that is also quite playful. Although these designer dogs are very friendly, they can sometimes be uncomfortable and suspicious around strangers. They are also not big fans of children but will be tolerant of them. These dogs are bright and skilled enough to be taught numerous impressive tricks. The Pitchow will be a good alarm when someone is at the door, although they are usually described as singers as opposed to barkers. It is important to train and socialize your dog early to make sure that your pet grows up into a confident and obedient adult. Teaching your pets obedience as a puppy will teach them to trust and follow you as their owners throughout their whole life.

Pitchow Activity Requirements

The Pitchow will enjoy a daily walk and should also be given time to run free in a large and safe enclosed space. Most dogs from this unique breed enjoy many outdoor physical activities, including swimming. Based on the information available on the parents, we can determine that they can be suited to life in an apartment or a home without a yard as long as you make sure to exercise them enough throughout the day. Their preferred climate can vary, since the American Pitbull Terrier prefers the warm weather, and the Chow Chow would rather cold temperatures. Since Chow Chows are not very active breeds and American Pitbull Terriers have high energy levels, we can assume that the Pitchow will be somewhere in between. Therefore, they should be exercised for around 30 to 60 minutes per day.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Pitchow Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

Pitchow Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Pitchow size stats at six months
Height: 6 inches Weight: 19 lbs
Female Pitchow size stats at six months
Height: 6 inches Weight: 19 lbs
12 Months
Male Pitchow size stats at 12 months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 30 lbs
Female Pitchow size stats at 12 months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 30 lbs
18 Months
Male Pitchow size stats at 18 months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 39 lbs
Female Pitchow size stats at 18 months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 39 lbs

Pitchow Owner Experiences

8 Months
2 People
Go to Park
Playing in the snow
My boy is very sweet. He loves other dogs and is always ready to play. Very very smart and mannerly. He listens well and is my good boy💕
1 month ago
8 Months
1 People
Incredibly smart dog but stubborn as all hell. Very independent and very friendly to most people
2 months ago
2 Years
4 People
House & Yard
He is an amazing pet and companion. He's very mild tempered and loves other dogs. We have a hard time keeping him in the yard. He meets me at the house when I get home from work, if he's been out all day. He's very smart and playful!
2 months ago
2 Years
6 People
Tug of war
my puppy is very cute i love her so much
3 months ago
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