The American Chow Bulldog is one of the more recent designer dogs that was developed after breeding an American Bulldog with a Chow Chow. The American Chow Bulldog is a fiercely independent and dignified breed, that can also be playful and aloof, making you forget that it has any American Bulldog in its DNA.
American Chow Bulldog History
The American Chow Bulldog is a more recent hybrid, with an unknown date of development, and not much specific breed history. The exact opposite can be said for the parent breeds, both of which have long, well documented histories.
The American Bulldog has been in the United Sates since the 17th century. Their ability to catch feral cattle and pigs made them popular with farmers and many became farm dogs. This ended up saving them during WWI and WWII when the breed almost dying out, only the farm dogs remained. They have since been brought back from the brink of extinction.
The Chow Chow may be one of the oldest singular breeds and is thought to date well before it was depicted in artifacts from the Han Dynasty in 206 B.C. Originally bred as loyal companions to Chinese nobles, they have had many jobs throughout the years, including guard dogs, haulers, hunting dogs, and even food delivery servers.
American Chow Bulldog Characteristics
The American Chow Bulldog is a medium to large sized dog, which can stand 20 inches tall and weigh up to 70 pounds. When it comes to physical appearances the breed takes on similarities from both parents.
The distinct features in the head and face of a Chow Chow will show prominently in an American Chow Bulldog, meanwhile the short, thin coat will resemble the American Bulldog. Its tail will be a mixture of the length from an American Bulldog and the fluffiness and natural position back over the body as with the Chow Chow.
American Chow Bulldog Temperament/Personality
The American Chow Bulldog is definitely not lacking in personality! Between bouts of aloofness and stubbornness, the intelligence of the breed can come through. However, due to the stubbornness, training them can be hard and time consuming.
Socialization and training at a young age is extremely important with American Chow Bulldogs. Not only will it help reduce the chance the dog bonds to one person in particular, it will also help to avoid the possibility of becoming aggressive. The breed is not recommended for first time dog owners or in homes with smaller children. Training and exposure at an early age will be needed to help introduce them to strangers and other pets.
Caring for American Chow Bulldog
Caring for an American Chow Bulldog will take a little bit of time and work, but it will save you time and frustration in the long term, and it will be worth it to have a happy and healthy dog.
American Chow Bulldog Nutrition
For a bigger dog, American Chow Bulldogs don’t eat that much and should be fed 2 ½ cups of high-quality kibble daily. American Chow Bulldogs have a tendency to become overweight easily due to low activity levels, so it’s important to keep an eye on their frames and adjust their food amount accordingly.
American Chow Bulldog Grooming
The American Chow Bulldog is a moderate shedder, thanks to its Chow Chow parent. Daily brushing is recommended to control the shedding and remove any dirt and debris in their coats. You will need to clean the face of your American Chow Bulldog on a daily basis to prevent bacterial growth and odor due to drooling and facial folds.
American Chow Bulldog Activity Levels
The American Chow Bulldog is a breed that doesn’t need a lot of exercise, around 15 to 30 minutes daily is usually enough. Your dog will benefit even more if you split this into two to three sessions throughout the day.
American Chow Bulldog Maintenance
In addition to their grooming needs, they will need to be bathed every 6 to 8 weeks but be careful not to over bathe them or their coats will become greasy. Their nails should be trimmed every two to three weeks, or as needed. Teeth cleaning should occur weekly, as should cleaning out their ears to prevent debris and a buildup of yeast.
American Chow Bulldog Health
The American Chow Bulldog is a relatively healthy dog, with a lifespan of 12 to 14years. The most common ailments to look out for are hip dysplasia and congenital heart defect, and less often entropion.