In addition to the inherent traits of this breed, chow-chow also have some physiological features that distinguish them from dogs of other breeds.
In particular, chow bitches do not tally for 10-12 days, counting from the beginning of the mating. They have a productive estrus period of 8-14 days. Chow-chow puppies are born weighing from 350 to 600 grams, and in the first month and a half after birth they grow rapidly. By week 6, their average weight is 5 kg, but it can reach 6 kg. See chow-chow puppies begin on the 8-11 day.
Breeders know that the longer a bitch feeds puppies, the stronger their health and stronger primary immunity. But the chow-chow and here are different from other breeds of dogs. Milk from the bitches of this breed is not enough, therefore, the feeding of puppies should be started very early. Already in the third week, puppies need to gradually give whole cow's milk, heated to 35-37 degrees, in which a little honey is added. Pretty quickly puppies begin to eat from the bowl. Gradually, they begin to add clad beef, boiled yolk, boiled milk, and oatmeal to milk. By the 4th week of life, mother's milk becomes an addition to the basic nutrition, but already from 3 weeks puppies are allowed to the mother only when they are full. By week 7, the chow chow’s milk is completely gone.
Growing Chows should be high-calorie foods rich in protein. They grow well on raw meat, cottage cheese, egg yolk, oatmeal steamed with good milk. In addition to the right puppies of all large breeds of dogs with a rich skeleton of fertilizing, containing calcium and phosphorus and vitamins in the correct proportions, British and German breeders recommend giving chow-chow honey and grape sugar. Young Chows are quite demanding of food, but adults are unpretentious and picky.
Feed puppies need 5-6 times a day in small portions. Starting from the third week, the mother admits to them after the main feeding, so that her milk is a kind of "dessert." Females of the chow can quickly get tired of trying energetic puppies to “milk” milk out of it, the amount of which is rapidly decreasing, so the owner should be careful that the little ones do not tire their mother.
When the puppy's milk teeth become stronger, they should be given a nibble of soft calf bones with cartilage. You can not buy crushed bones with sharp edges. If a solid bone is too large, you need to ask the store to be cut (but not cut!). occasionally give boneless boiled fish, boiled beef liver, which is offered to the dog separately from the main food.
Chow-chows received from their ancestors a large supply of vitality and health. With proper maintenance, these dogs rarely get sick. But vaccinations against distemper and enteritis they need to do.