One common question about the Chow Chow breed is – do they bark a lot. The answer is not simple, but most commonly, yes they bark a lot. It is important to keep in mind that the Chow breed was developed for protection reasons; because of this, they are very protective of their home and family. This alone can lead them to bark, as they will do so at anything unfamiliar or alarming to them.
Additionally, it is not unheard-of that a Chow Chow gets startled and begins barking at his or her own owner. It is common knowledge that this breed of dog does not have excellent eye-sight; this can mean Chows mistake stationary objects as threats – thus making them bark.
Though many people say Chows make excellent apartment dogs, their excessive barking is one of the drawbacks to keeping this breed in an apartment setting. Let’s face it, most Chows don’t like strangers, nor do they like to share their yard. Therefore, when they see people and things they do not like they will bark, as their way of defending their territory and chasing off intruders. Although this might not work in reality, the Chow Chow doesn’t understand that.
In the end, if you are looking for a quiet breed of dog that does not bark, then the Chow is not the dog for you. This breed was created to be a guard dog, and that is exactly what this breed does best!