Do you like dogs that look like cuddly teddy bears?
If so, then you will definitely be interested in the Chow Chow Poodle Mix.
You may have heard about this breed under its other names of Chow Doodle or Chow Poo.
You can also probably guess that this stunning hybrid is a cross between the cool Chow Chow and the Poodle.
It’s truly a unique designer dog with a life expectancy of 10-14 years, and today we’re going to explore more about this breed further.
What Will I Learn? 👇
Parents of a Chow Chow Poodle Mix
If you’ve read other parts of this site, you might be familiar with the fact that this hybrids Poodle parent comes from Germany. The original breeding purpose of a Poodle was to hunt waterfowl and has a highly intelligent nature. It also has a curly, soft single coat that is hypoallergenic. This tends to be a small to medium-sized dog coming in three types: Standard, Miniature, and Toy.
Whereas a Chow Chow comes from China and dates back to the Han dynasty (206 bc–ad 220). The original reason for breeding the Chow Chow was to pull sleds, hunt, herd, guard, and serve as accessories to rich noblemen, merchants, and monks.
Another great doodle breed coming from China is the Sharpoo – a mix from Sharpei & a Poodle.
The Chow Chow is a medium-sized dog with a double coat and a bushy tail. Like Poodles, they do have loyal tendencies and are an independent breed.
Temperament of a Chow Chow Poodle Mix
If you have a home full of children and want to bring a dog into your life, you might want to buy or adopt a Chow Doodle. One great aspect of their temperament is that they’re passive, making them patient and calming to be around.
They also inherit the intelligent side of their parents’ personalities, making them easy to train and quick to respond to commands!
They’re a highly adaptable hybrid which means they can quickly bond to children, elderly relatives, and others within your home. Many dog owners often compare a Chow Chow Poodle mix to a cat’s personality as they thrive off their own comfort.
But just because they have an independent streak does not mean they dislike affection! In fact, if you’ve had a long day at work, there’s nothing more this hybrid will love to do than come and cuddle up to you on the sofa.
But be warned, this is a dog that should not live in a small home, i.e an apartment; it needs ample sized room to run about and play! This also means if you’re not active or don’t have time on your hands, this breed might not be for you as it requires many walks and playtime!
Sometimes a Chow Chow Poodle Mix can inherit bad qualities from their Chow Chow parents. They can display aggressive and disobedient tendencies to strangers if they aren’t appropriately socialized from an early age. Plus, if you don’t train them properly or provide them with enough mental or physical stimulation, they could chew on objects around the house.
Similarly, suppose you’re an outgoing person. In that case, you will want to avoid leaving this hybrid on their own for too long in the house as they could get separation anxiety and display destructive tendencies like chewing on your household objects.
What does it look like?
One of the unique factors about this hybrid is that both its parents come in different sizes and colors; this makes it a very unique dog that can vary in appearance. There is often no Chow Doodle that has the same colored coat, personality, or temperament because this is a rare and newer hybrid breed.
The size of this Doodle can also vary with the type of parent they’ve been bred with. To have a great idea about this, a Chow Chow can vary in height of around 46-56cm/18-22 inches and weigh between 20-32kg/44-70lbs.
A Poodle’s height can range from 24-60cm/9-23 inches and weigh between 4-25kg/8-55lbs, all depending on the type of Poodle.
Now put the two parents together and vary on metrics; you could get a Chow Chow Poodle Mix weight ranging between 11-36kg/25-80lbs and grow up to 43-55cm/17-22 inches tall.
Nowadays, many breeders strive to create a miniature Chow Doodle, a combination of a toy Poodle and a small Chow Chow. In this case, they tend to weigh less than 25lbs/11 kg or less!
Most of the time, you can expect to find the Chow Doodle in one single-colored coat, which either can be white, black, or have light shades. Generally, the most common coat color you can find is light brown, red, or white. However, the variation of Chow Chow colors and Poodle colors makes the combination for this crossbreed unlimited and hard to predict.
They usually have long floppy ears and a thick double layered coat that looks shaggy on the outside. Contrary to a Poodle, their fur tends to be more waiver, and they have the Poodle. If you’re unsure what type of appearance a Chow Chow Poodle Mix might have, it’s best to visit a breeder and see their parents. This will give you a good indicator of what their appearance could be.
Are they hypoallergenic?
Most of the time, the Chow Chow Poodle Mix is seen as a close to hypoallergenic breed. They don’t shed a lot, that’s if they take after their Poodle parent. While the Chow Chow sheds a lot, this hybrid tends to inherit way less hair, making them a dog that does not shed much. This is great news if you suffer from allergies as it can mean you can live in your home with little dander as possible.
If you plan on owning this dog, it’s important you brush them a few times a week to maintain their coat health. You might wish to use a vacuum as well to make sure there’s no excess hair falling on your furniture.
You will also want to bathe this dog every 4-6 weeks to ensure its fur is intact but not too frequently, so it does not strip the natural oils from their skin, causing them an infection.
In comparison to other dogs, you will need a firmer approach to train a Chow Chow Poodle mix, and you must do it from an early age. Even though this dog inherits its intelligence from both parents, it can be quite stubborn and demanding!
The best way to train them is through positive reinforcement, which means rewarding them with treats for every good behavior, reinforcing them to do it again. Also, because they’re an energetic breed, providing them with a lot of exercise will make it easier for you to train them! Also, you should socialize them from as early as 8 weeks; if you don’t, they could display aggressive guard dog tendencies once they become grown-up.
Just like many dogs, this crossbreed can be prone to the following health problems:
- Hip dysplasia: Where their hip joint loosens, and they have mobility issues. This can lead to muscle problems and osteoarthritis.
- Epilepsy: A neurological condition that can cause seizures and problems within the brain. Treatment normally involves medication.
- Progressive Renal Atrophy: This is a set of degenerative diseases that disturb a dog’s photoreceptor cells. Eventually, their sight deteriorates over time, and they can become blind.
- Addison’s Disease: A reduced amount of cortisol and Aldosterone hormones released from their adrenal cortex. As a result, they can feel lethargic and lose weight.
- Bloat: When their stomach fills up with gas and twists over.
- Hypoglycemia: Low blood sugar levels.
If you’re looking to buy this hybrid breed, it might be a bit costly! This is because Chow Chow’s alone cost between $1000-$4000 and could cost in this range or even more! However, we can’t guarantee the exact cost as it depends on the country you’re in and the breeder’s reputation. However, take your time and look for breeders with proper credentials and visit the dogs in-person to know you’re not getting them from a puppy mill.
Overall, the Chow Chow Poodle mix tends to be a friendly and loyal dog to all family members. They can be a bit hostile and have aggressive tendencies like their Chow Chow parent if they’re not trained early. They’re a great dog for allergy sufferers as they tend to shed very little in comparison to other breeds.
Finally, they can be costly as their Chow Chow parent is also expensive to own, but we can’t predict how expensive they could be. Similarly, they varied in appearance, which means not all hybrids will look the same.
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