How Much Does a Chow Chow Cost?

Written by: Staff
Last Updated:  August 8, 2018

The Chow Chow, first developed in Mongolia close to 4,000 years ago, are very protective of their family and property and may oftentimes show hostility to anyone it thinks of as a threat.  This breed is known to be square in profile with a broad skull and small triangular ears.

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How much does a Chow Chow cost?

On average, a Chow Chow can cost anywhere from $450 to as much as $1,000 depending on the quality, age, gender, breeder, parent’s lineage, inclusions and geographical location.

At the time of this writing, we were able to find close to 100 listings on, with prices ranging anywhere from $600 to $1,100.  Most breeders, according to their listings, would include the registration paperwork, vaccinations, a health exam, guarantee, pedigree information and travel paperwork.

Researching the official marketplace, we were able to find reputable breeders selling their puppies for $600 to $1,500.

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

Reputable breeders should always include registration papers, up-to-date vaccinations,  a health guarantee, a health checkup by a licensed vet and a travel crate if it’s going to be shipped.  Some breeders/rescue groups may also include a microchip, spay/neutering and/or starter kit with samples, coupons and more.

What are the extra costs?

If the dog has to be shipped via an airline or a breeder has to meet you in a particular location, then this could be an additional $250 to $450, depending on how far the breeder has to ship and the method they use.  For example, shipping a dog via Delta Airlines often costs close to $300 to $400.

The breed is known to be very obedient and can learn very quickly, but it doesn’t mean you don’t need professional obedience classes.  Training must be consistent, firm and should be started at a young age.  The average package of obedience classes should be in the $100 to $200 range.

Recurring costs, as with any dog breed, needs to be factored in.  This will include the vet bills, food, accessories such as a water bowl, collars, leashes, chew toys, grooming tools and a dog bed.

Grooming, according to some Chow Chow owners, can cost $50 to $100 per session.  Depending on the coat, a smooth coat will need to be brushed weekly, while a rough coat will need to be brushed every other day.  Other basic care needs to be factored in as well such as a nail trim and dental checkups.

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There are two common Chow Chow varieties on the market:  the long, straight and rough coats, or the short and smooth coat.  Both coats, however, will be dense, thick around the neck and give the appearance of a lion’s mane.  Its colors may be solid or a mix of red, blue, cream or black.

The average Chow Chow will stand 18 to 22 inches tall and will weigh between 50 to 75 pounds.

A healthy Chow Chow can live 13 to 16 years.

Its temperament is known to be great around children and wary around strangers.  As long as its socialized early in life, it shouldn’t have a problem with other household pets.

The Chow Chow is known to be extremely independent, calm, vigilant and will be filled with character.  Due to their instincts, this dog tends to be very territorial and may try to dominate any dog that crosses its path, especially if it’s on their own home turf.

According to, the Chow Chow won’t need a lot of exercise, but this doesn’t mean it can be limited to an apartment since most breeds love the outdoors.  A daily walk or even a fenced in yard will be sufficient enough for the breed’s needs.

The Chow Chow is highly susceptible to hip problems and elbow dysplasia and should be screened for these problems before adoption.

Before you adopt any dog, including a Chow Chow, you must always look into the breeder’s reputation, ask for references, view the parents and view the health records.  It’s so important to do your due diligence to make sure you’re working with a reputable breeder who really cares about the breeding standards.

How can I save money?

Check out a local rescue group that may specialize with the Chow Chow breed or even visit your local Humane Society.  While these dogs may be older, it could save you a few hundred dollars; plus, it allows you to offer an older dog a forever home.

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