Health topics and issues with Chow Chows.
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The books say 10 -12 years because they are medium size dogs. I have a 14 year old and our family chow lived to be 15. I have a nephew chow who is 13. This subject was brought up once on the old site and a breeder who use to post there said that she had a 17 (that passed) and a 20 year old (which was still alive) that she rescued. They were slow when she took them in, but they were fairly healthy. My experience, serious health problems seem to appear around age 9 and it depends on the fortitude of the chow and its recovery on whether any health problems or illness will pose a threat on its aging. So, it all depends.
Last edited by Zhuyos mom on Tue Jan 24, 2006 7:45 am, edited 1 time in total.
I've known a few 14 year olds and just last week a 16 year old however the 16 yr old was in pretty bad shape, they were having him put to sleep because of his health, bad heart, bad kidneys, couldn't get up but extremely alert in his eye's and mind he laid there and watched every move I made. Kind of sad to see, his body was shot but his mind was still alert.
Even though the books say 11 to 12 and we have all seen 14 and older Chows and alot of you have lost Chows around 10 when do you first start noticing age, aside from Pekoe's oral cancer I can't see any difference in her then when she was 3, her test results are all excellent health, she is still running up and down hills, she has no problem with 10 mile walks, takes off after every cat and squirrel she see's that she could easily catch if I didn't hold her back. On our walks if I say lets get him Peks she still takes off from a dead stop to a full run and only stops because I stop her. I swear if it weren't for the cancer I think she would live another 10 years, so what happens? Chows just wake up one day all of a suddenly old.Pekoe will be 10 in feb and shows no sign of age or slowing down.
Wow! I feel extremely lucky. My first Chow, Yogi, lived 18 years and was in great health until that final year. My second, Gizmo, was not so lucky and ended up passing away due to CKD. In my experience, the Chows I've had and those in my Chow Meet & Greet group all have had Chows live longer than 16 years!
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