Appearance: Medium sized, an active, compact, short-coupled and well balanced dog. Lion like face, Small dark eyes & small erect ears. Tail carried over the back. Tongue is blue, black in colour.
Temperament: Reserved, Independent, loyal yet aloof.
Characteristics: A well-balanced dog, leonine in appearance, with proud dignified bearing; loyal yet aloof; unique in its stilted gait and bluish-black tongue.
Colour: Whole coloured black, red, blue, fawn, cream or white, frequently shaded but not patches or parti-coloured (the underpart of tail and back of thighs frequently of a light colour).
Coat: Abundant, dense, straight and stand-off. Outer coat rather coarse in texture and with a soft woolly undercoat.
The Chow Chow is a profusely coated dog and balance should therefore be assessed when the coat is at its natural length.