Debbie Eugene, OR 3/26/2012 10:42:25 PM This is very helpful information about the breed. However, unbeknownst to me a dog owner (w/ 2 miniature dachshunds & 1 Persian cat)...I introduced a smooth-haired Chow (3-4 mos. old) into our family. I had two teen-aged children at that time; and she fit right in w/our busy household. She was house-trained within a day. She was: aloof, intelligent, devoted, loyal, smelled nice, and safe-guarded our home for 8 1/2 years. I miss her dearly. She was diagnosed with gum cancer on December 16, 2011 and the angels took her to heaven: January 31,2012.