35 Responses to Lab-Chow

  1. Lj says:

    Hi there!!! My family owns a 3 month old chow lab… recently this afternoon, she suddenly had a siezure and her mouth froths with saliva. Is this natural for this kind of breed or should i take her to a vet? And one more thing we never let her out of the house or mingle with our other dogs outside..

    • admin says:

      Canine seizures can be life threatening, as it may indicate underlying health problems including kidney disease, liver disease, anemia, strokes, etc. Loss of consciousness, foaming at the mouth, stiffening, tongue chewing, or drooling are some of the common symptoms. If your lab-chow has them frequently, then it might be suffering from seizure disorder or epilepsy. If a seizure lasts more than 2-3 minutes take your dog to the vet immediately.

  2. Robin Miller says:

    I just rescued a 3 month old chow lab female, she is very smart,loving, and seems to have more lab traits. I exercise her 3 times a day with a good run I. The morning, long walks after lunch, and lots of play time after her nap. A long evening walk followed by a short run after supper. Training to sit,stay,fetch, looking for more info on training her. She is loving to my son and grand daughter who is 6. So glad I have her. Thank you for any advice to make her a happy puppy.

    • admin says:

      Lab-chows are usually eager to learn and play, so reward-based training methods using a clicker will help mark desired behavior. Since it is a chow chow cross, make sure that you establish leadership, but not with confrontational training means like yelling or hitting your pet. If your lab-chow pup shows signs of excessive fear or aggression, talk to an experienced trainer in your area.

    • cathy bair says:

      I had to out my chow Aubrey down because his stomach was 90% full of cancer. he was my best friend for 10 yrs. i am so lonely at home without him. Does anyone know where i can rescue a chow?

      • John Majewski says:

        I’m so sorry for your loss. I know how you feel. I felt compelled to reach out to you, because i had a lab chow too. In fact, i had two. When the first one i had, passed, it wasn’t long we got another one. On Oct 19, 2003, i got the greatest present i ever received. I was blessed to have had him for so long! On Tuesday, 9/26/17, i had to make one the hardest decisions i ever had to make. After 14 years of unconditional love, a lifetime of memories and a journey we shared together, i had to put him down, because he had a mass cancerous tumor on his hind leg. I am so lost without him. The house isn’t the same. The house feels empty and sad. My life without him is so different. I didn’t plan it to end this way. It’s not the way i wanted it to end…i miss everything about him. Even alot of the little things. Like him waiting for me at the front door everyday when i come home from work. My heart is broken…the thought of him alone kills me. I love him so much. I miss my Bear so much…i hope he’ll be up there waiting for me when its my time to leave. I really hope to see him again one day.
        It hurts but i always heard, that if you love something, let it go…it will come back to you.
        So, I feel your pain. Although they can never be replaced, i Hope we both find another bundle of love soon.

        Thinking of you.

    • Don Sabato0 says:

      I just lost my lab chow Duke. He was my best friend. I would like to find another one. Any ideas of where I can find one? I am not having much luck.

    • Cheryl H says:

      I lost my lab chow on June 6, she had just 14 yrs old on May 27. Feeling lost, she owned me. Looking for an other any help will do. She had in a year’s time liver cancer, 2 seizures and developed a cough. She was to come home but she had other plans, to be with the angels.

  3. I have owned a collie, lab, chow mix for almost ten years. She has been wonderful. I love the way the breeds have mixed. Collie: when a puppy she would try nipping and herding but a stern “no” put an end to that behavior.
    Lab: She will not play fetch. Gives me a, “do I look that stupid” look. Incredibly food driven. Will allow a human to mess with her food all they want but not another dog. Happily, unlike many laps, if it’s not food she isn’t interested.
    Chow: For me some of her Chow characteristics have been great. She likes to be patted but not cuddled. She is not a lap dog. She likes to sleep at the bottom of my bed but gets out the moment I get in (I don’t take this personally anymore). She is independent but will stay close off leash.
    My biggest problem with her is that, when young, she was not great with small, barky, aggressive dogs at the dog park. Took me a long time to figure out that they don’t relax me either. Consequently, I finally figured out that I was the problem and learned to walk away from her in the park. Once my nervousness wasn’t a factor, the problem was resolved and she didn’t over react in an effort to protect me. I’ve met many dogs who are great off leash and aggressive on leash. My personal opinion is that on leash and close to you they may be protecting you. One person in the dog park drops the leash and moves away from their dog and that does the trick for them.
    Anyway, hope this helps. I will get another breed like this if I ever need one, which I won’t because she’s going to live forever.

    • Byron & Bonita says:

      our late black Lab/Chow W/a white tux (Wily) that we had to put to sleep late April 017 (internal bleeding) was just the opposite when it came to his food – he didn’t care if even our little (tea cup) pincher ‘Daisey’ate his food – she too passed in Jan this year, she was 15, Wily was 14 – my wife & i really miss him fore he went everywhere we did including our travels thru-out the states! I’ve got to say, anyone interested in this loyal breed will be hooked, line & sinker – very intelligent breed, they do have (O hum) attitudes & you can watch them manufacture their fur – so expect some maintenance & also, they prefer the cooler climates.

      Hey folk’s, i appreciate letting us post, we’re still grieving & yes, all our/your 4 legged friends loves us unconditionally – they are truly gifts from God!

  4. Questions says:

    I’m getting a. Labrador chow mixed today any tips would be great plz

    • Cheryl H says:

      Looking for a female. Please let me know.

    • Adrienne says:

      My 14 year old Lab Chow rescue died last year from a heart condition, but he was the love of my life, everyone who met him loved him. Everyone thought he was a puppy until he passed away since he was so fluffy. He was a great mix of Lab & Chow. The mother was pure Chow so I was prepared for a very Chow personality, lucky for me he ended up being 50/50. Advice: socialist your pup like crazy!! I was single when I got my puppy so I’d bring him to parties, puppy play dates, hiking, camping, traveling everywhere. Let everyone pet him/her, I even let friend take him for a weekend when he was a puppy so he was comfortable with other people. I noticed that his siblings who lead a more solitary life were very aloof & not freiwndly at all. Keep him well exercised, a tire puppy is a good puppy. Plus I think these breeds are prone to hip & heart issues so very important to keep them fit & active. They are super smart & food-motivated. Give him toy treat puzzles to keep them happy & alert. Finally brush & wash their coats often. They have a dense undercoat and mine had very sensitive skin & eyes -that’s a Chow trait. Keeping them groomed spreads the oils around and prevents matting. Enjoy! I so miss the puppy days w/my Lab/Chow.

  5. Michele Roger says:

    Please, I am looking for a male, lab chow mix. Mine Bear died in August at 16 years old. Please contact me if anyone hears of one.

    • Jeannette says:

      I am sorry for your lost, my be!over chow lab mix also name bear died a few days ago. She was 15 years old all black including her tongue. We found her when she was 6 weeks old. Most of her traits were of a chow,she was very protective with family and aggressive towards other dogs or people who appeared to be a treat or teased. We loved her dearly. I am now looking for another dog

      • Jeannette says:

        Oops speller alert – beloved not beloved and threat not treat. Sorry about that will never get use to the small type keys.?

  6. Jim Feltner says:

    Want to buy Chow Black Lab young dog

  7. Daniel says:

    Hello Chow-Lab lovers! We rescued our dog Douggie about a year ago. He has many of the loyalty traits mentioned, but some other not so positive qualities. My guess is his breeding is in the following order: Lab, Chow Heeler. We do not know everything, but are confident he was owned by an older couple, was abused, not socialized well, and is now about 4 years old. For the first two months, he was a bit odd, but overall great. Super affectionate and loyal. Then, he began to “herd” and nip at the smallest, youngest member of our family. As time went on, his loyalty to us has grown stronger, but his protective jealous nature has become intense. It took him a while for him to come to trust me, but now that he does, he is very loyal and protective. Behaviours started where he would become anxious as people approached and he was on leash. He would whine, get a bit jumpy, and “muzzle punch then, then sit and wait for a pet. Then, he would begin to nip, then sit at their feet with his tail wagging. It was always sly and out of the blue. I have looked to repremand him for his behaviour, but little success. A while ago, he bit down on an older gentleman’s hand who I believe became a bit rough, and then sat at his feet with tail wagging. He has also become assertive with anyone who is not our immediate family, and will nip or sometimes aggressively rub them with his snout/head, and nip. We are now using a muzzle and other strategies such as having individuals hand him cookies (while muzzled) and heve them interact positively with him and reward him. After a great length of time, we can often remove the muzzle and he is good. He is almost like this with everyone. A few nights ago, a visitor (a woman, he seems to have more issues with older men), choose to ignore my warnings, wandered off into our room, reached over his enclosure (only put it up the odd time when visitors come over) and proceeded to pet him and show him affection. He let out purring like dog whimpers, jumped up to see her, and was very affectionate. We know he was abused and was not socialized properly. My guess would be older couple abused him for poor behaviour and took him out rarely and socialized him. We are committed to re-habilitation and hoping we may reach the point where we can trust him without muzzle and social situations. Any thoughts or advice? Thanks Dan

    • Donna Younker says:

      Hi daniel, i saw your post about douggie and was wondering how his behavior has been? We also rescued a 6 year old lab chow mix about two months ago. Your experience sounds very similar to ours! Wondering if you had any advice for the aggressive behavior? What seems to help? Also wondering if douggie is aggressive towards other dogs? Our bart is very! Thanks for any help!

  8. Lynn says:

    We are really interested in the puppy with the blue collar shown above

  9. Lynn says:

    We are looking for a male black chow and lab puppy.

  10. Tiffany says:

    and is it true not to bathe them that they bathe themselves?

    • admin says:

      Yes, this is true. Their preferences for water are poles apart from each other. While most Chow dogs detest water, Labs don’t (in fact, Labradors were originally bred for retrieving games in water)! So, the combination of both the genes can be interesting in the sense that, you might need to discover whether your Lab-Chow pup is more of a ‘Lab’ (that loves water) or a ‘Chow’ (that stays away from water). You should then decide how to get your dog accustomed to taking bath, accordingly.

  11. Tiffany says:

    is it a good idea to get a boy and girl . they are from the same owner, new borns. will they get along or try to have sex with each other. I’ve only had 2 dogs in my life and they were chitzus, so this will he different for me.

    • admin says:

      Both male and female dogs are good. However, when you get both a male and a female, it is quite healthy and natural for them to have sex when they grow up. There is no problem. However, if you don’t want more pups in future, you can always neuter the male dog when it is still young.

  12. Karen Rohr says:

    Very, very enlightening. We have a lab/chow mix but did not know of the new breed. Our boy looks exactly like the pictures and fits all of the possible traits. Thank you for the information. It answers a lot of questions on our dog’s disposition and traits.

    • admin says:

      Thank you very much for taking time in finding out what you needed to know, and that, you found our article helpful.

  13. I have a chow – lab mix she loves to dig and my yard is a mess can you help me I don’t know what else to do to make her stop digging up my yard she has a mind of her own and i’m having a hard time with training please help

    • I have a chow-lab mix she loves to di and my yard is a mess can you help me I don’t know what else to do to make her stop digging up my yard she has a mind of her own and I’m having a hard time with training her. I adopted her and they told me she was german shepard and lab mix only to find out now she is chow and lab mix please help

    • Rick Wright says:

      We had the issue when we first got dog from rescue . He trained very easy but needed daily play time and running or swimming. We found
      Some rubber like chew toys that helped also.

  14. Caitlin Waverley says:

    I’m the mom of 2 unrelated Lab-Chow rescues – a Chabrador & a Chowbrador.
    The more Lab-like dog likes to swim & has no problem with baths. The more Chow-like dog detests water & requires 2 strong adults at bath time. I’ve yet to know of a chow that likes water for anything but a drink.

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