With their dark-blue tongue, lion scowl, teddy bear coat and distinctive gait, Chow Chows are unique in their own way. Purebred, elegant, smart and predatory as they are, the puppies surpass all other feelings with their unnatural cuteness. Cute as they are, you also need them to be healthy if you’re planning to adopt one. Before making a Chow Chow puppy your latest family member, you need to consider a few things very attentively. Let’s see what you should know. You can also find more information about chow chow puppies on ChowChowPup!
1. First thing you must ensure is that your puppy is healthy. To do this, you must find a very good breeder. They say finding the right breeder is more important than finding the right puppy. We often see breeders advertise their puppies with taglines like “health-tested Chow Chow puppies”. What you need to know is HOW their health’s been tested. Purebreds like Chows often suffer from hereditary conditions due to sharing structural information through genes. So it’s impossible for a Chow puppy to be COMPLETELY faultless. Any breeder who says otherwise is simply being dishonest, which could turn out to be unhealthy for you and your puppy.
2. Chow Chows suffer from natural conditions that mainly affect their eyes, hips, elbows and kneecaps. The only personal health-certification a puppy of 6 or 8 weeks can have is for an eye examination. For other skeletal conditions, you must gather certifications of the parents from the breeder.
3. Avoid adopting a puppy that isn’t at least 8 to 10 weeks old. A chow chow puppy receives its first vaccination at the age of 6 weeks and it must be done by a professional veterinarian and NOT by the breeder. The age range is also important because this is when they especially engage in relationship building.
4. Make sure both parties (you and the breeder) understand the shared authorized responsibilities completely. For instance, if a puppy has some physical condition that would require some form of surgery, it’s the duty of the breeder to handle it.
5. Last but not least, the puppy must LOOK healthy as well. Healthy being bright eyes, no runny nose-ears-eyes, playful with their ears held up. Puppies of this age tend to be sleepy during warm days so that’s not something you need to worry about.