The offspring of the purebred Chow-Chow and the purebred Golden Retriever, the Golden Retriever Chow Mix is a fluffy dog that carries the best characteristics of its parent breeds. Additionally, this designer, mixed dog breed is extremely loyal and full of pizzazz.
An easy-to-train dog breed, the Golden Retriever Chow Mix can be a great companion if trained and treated well. There are some drawbacks with this mixed breed but that is true for all other dog breeds out there as well. Nonetheless, it’s always good to know what problems you might encounter while owning the Golden Retriever Chow Mix, as this will allow you to take the best care of your dog and keep it on its best behavior.
Compared to many other dog breeds, the Golden Retriever Chow Mix requires an extra bit of socialization and training. Additionally, the dog can be quite sensitive to heat. On the positive side of things, if you’re looking for a big, fluffy dog breed that will stay devoted to you for life, then get yourself a Golden Retriever Chow Mix.
However, to help you make an informed choice, we are going to provide all the information you need about the Golden Retriever Chow Mix including its origins, appearance, personality traits, health, grooming, and training & exercise needs. So, let’s begin.
The Origins of the Golden Retriever Chow Mix
There is no documented history of where and when the Golden Retriever Chow Mix originated. The only thing we know about the breed is that it has only been around for the past two decades. Therefore, the best way to find out about the origins of this mixed breed is to separately study the origins of its parent breeds i.e. the origins of the Chow-Chow and the origins of the Golden Retriever.
By studying its parent breeds, we can get a good idea of the physical characteristics, personality traits, and health problems a Golden Retriever Chow Mix is likely to develop. We say likely because no two Golden Retriever Chow Mix dogs will have the exact same physical characteristics, personality traits, and health problems.
Instead, each Golden Retriever Chow Mix will take on particular physical characteristics, personality traits, and health problems of either of its parent breeds or a combination of both. Therefore, the best way to find out what physical characteristics, personality traits, and health problems a Golden Retriever Chow Mix is likely to have is by studying the parent breeds and we are going to do exactly that. We will start with the Chow-Chow parent breed.
A dog breed that is thought to have originated about 2000 years ago, the Chow-Chow is the offspring of the Tibetan Mastiff and the Samoyed dog breeds. A dog breed that was initially popular for its athletic ability, the Chow-Chow was a favorite of the wealthy in Ancient China. This included the emperors.
Used as a sniffing dog and pointer, the Chow-Chow was a large canine who could herd, protect, and pull carts and wagons. It was in the 1700s that this dog breed was taken to foreign shores for the very first time. This was when the Chow-Chow was shipped to England.
The Chow-Chow made its way to the United States for the first time in 1890. Thirteen years later, the American Kennel Club (AKC) officially recognized the breed. Coming to the other parent breed of the Golden Retriever Chow Mix, the Golden Retriever originated in the highlands of Scotland somewhere in the 19th century. Over the years, we saw many versions of this breed including Tweed Water Spaniels, black Wavy-Coated Retrievers, and the Red Setter. However, all these versions of the breed were categorized as either Golden or Yellow Retrievers.
In the early part of the 20th century, the Golden Retriever made its way to the United States and quickly rose in popularity. The breed was adopted across the U.S for being great with kids, family, and even strangers. The American Kennel Club (AKC) registered the breed for the first time in 1925 and from that time onwards, the Golden Retriever has been one of the most common pets in American homes.
The Appearance of the Golden Retriever Chow Mix
Overall, the Golden Retriever Chow Mix is a big, fluffy dog. In terms of the length, the dog may inherit the coat of either of its parent breeds. However, texture wise the coat is generally wavy, thick, and dense.
Coming to the size of the Golden Retriever Chow Mix, it is a big dog and will require plenty of space within your home to move freely. The average height of this dog breed is between 20 and 25 inches while its average weight is between 50 and 75 pounds.
Talking about the other physical characteristics of this dog breed, the Golden Retriever Chow Mix has a slightly curved tail and dropped ears that hang from the sides of the face. Other physical features include dark eyes, a black nose, a medium-length snout, and big feet. The Golden Retriever Chow Mix is more likely to inherit the deep-set eyes of its Chow-Chow parent. However, some Golden Retriever Chow Mix dogs may have the eye structure of the Golden Retriever.
The feet of the Golden Retriever Chow Mix are pretty big but that is something you expect a large canine to have. Coming to the coat of the Golden Retriever Chow Mix, it can be best described as fluffy. The dog breed is extremely thick-coated and has a very impressive mane. Contrary to what its name suggests, the Golden Retriever Chow Mix won’t always have a golden colored coat. Instead, its coat colors can be a shade of golden, blue, red, or black. Overall, the coat of the Golden Retriever Chow Mix is a soft, warm, double coat.
The Personality of the Golden Retriever Chow Mix
The personality of a Golden Retriever Chow Mix will depend on what traits it has inherited from its parent breeds. Therefore, one Golden Retriever Chow Mix may have a personality that is completely different from the other. However, the parent of an individual Golden Retriever Chow Mix with the stronger genes will somewhat determine the personality traits that the pup inherits.
If the Golden Retriever Chow Mix puppy inherits the personality of the Golden Retriever, then you can expect it to be a playful, social, loving, and friendly dog. On the other hand, if the Chow-Chow parent has stronger genes, then you can expect your pup to have an over-protective personality that is mildly aggressive and wary of strangers.
However, the Golden Retriever Chow Mix usually has a personality that is a mixture of both its parents. This means that you can expect your Golden Retriever Chow Mix to be a friendly dog that is great with kids and strangers but can act suspiciously and aloof at times. A negative personality trait that your Golden Retriever Chow Mix is likely to have is the tendency to bark uncontrollably. So, you will have to prepare yourself to live with that. On the upside, the tendency of the Golden Retriever Chow Mixto bark uncontrollably makes it a great guard dog if that is what you’re looking for.
It is best that you don’t get the Golden Retriever Chow Mix home if you stay outdoors most of the time and cannot take your dog along with you. This is because the dog breed can start to feel lonely and neglected if it is left on its own for long periods of time. Another important thing to note is that you will need to work extra hard to get your Golden Retriever to be social.
Health and Grooming
When it comes to the health of Golden Retriever Chow Mix, two health issues that the dog may inherit from its parents are hip dysplasia and flea infestation. For this reason, you may want to get health certificates of your Golden Retriever Chow Mix puppy’s parents from the breeder. This will allow you to know if your pup is likely to develop any of the two health issues mentioned above at some stage in its life which in turn will allow you to take the necessary precautions.
Another health problem in your Golden Retriever Chow Mix that you may want to watch out for is cataract. Finally, you can expect your Golden Retriever Chow Mix to live for anywhere between a decade and 14 years provided you take good care of it.
Talking about taking good care of the Golden Retriever Chow Mix, your pup needs regular grooming. This includes combing and cleaning its fur three to four times a week to keep it untangled and hygienic. Additionally, the dog needs regular dental care, nail trimming, and ear cleaning sessions. This will keep your Golden Retriever Chow Mix healthy and looking good.
Training & Exercise Needs
As mentioned earlier, the Golden Retriever Chow Mix can be a difficult dog to train. However, on the positive side of things, it is an intelligent dog breed which can make it can make it’s easier for you to train your dog difficult tricks provided you take care of its emotional and social needs.
As far as the exercise needs of the Golden Retriever Chow Mix are concerned, the dog loves being outdoors but it won’t appreciate anything more moderate activity. Overall, the Golden Retriever Chow Mix prefers to lounge and then head outdoors and play.
If you’re looking for an easy-going, fluffy, big-sized dog that will stay loyal and devoted to you and your family, then don’t twice about getting home a Golden Retriever Chow Mix.