Pitchow: The American Pitbull Terrier & Chow Chow Mix

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The Pitchow is a hybrid dog created from the combination of its American Pitbull Terrier and Chow Chow parents.

They often have a varying appearance because they can be born with physical traits from both parents.

Their personalities can vary because their parent dogs also have different personalities. Suffice it to say, their offspring can be anywhere in between.

Pitchows tend to be nice and obedient but can be uneasy around people that they’re not familiar with.

The Pitchow has many of the physical characteristics of the American Pitbull Terrier and would almost pass for pure Pitbull if they are shaved.

They may also inherit the classic blue or spotted blue Chow Chow tongue.

These dogs will not do well in an apartment or a house with a small yard. They should also be an only pet because they don’t fare well with other dogs or animals.

Pitchows are fearless dogs, and they like to show their fearlessness. They also make good dogs for pulling skiers or sleds.

Pitchow Puppies – Before You Buy…

A happy Pitchow sitting in the a car
The Pitchow is an interesting dog with a lot of positive traits.

What Price are Pitchow Puppies?

The price of Pitchow puppies ranges from $800 to $2,000.

How to Find Reputable Pitchow Breeders?

It can be challenging to find reputable breeders. But knowing what things to look out for can make the search so much easier.

Reputable breeders don’t sell their puppies before the age of 8 weeks. Their premises should be clean, and the dogs should look healthy and well cared for.

They should have vaccinated puppies, and they should have been checked by the vet before they go to their new home.

Reputable and responsible breeders are knowledgeable about their breed of choice.

They have a solid contract and health guarantee. They will always take their dogs back or help you get the dog placed in case you can no longer keep them.

They should also be available for questions and support throughout the lifetime of the dog.

Finding a reputable breeder is not easy, and there is honestly not a lot in this area.

Have patience. Don’t jump on the first litter you see. Keep your options open until you find the perfect match.

3 Little-Known Facts About Pitchow Puppies

  1. Because this is a mixed breed that was born from two purebred dogs, you need to look at the parent dogs to find out what your puppy will look like and act like.
  2. American Pitbull Terriers originate from England and were created from several types of Terrier breeds such as the Fox Terrier, the White English Terrier, and the Black and Tan Terrier.
  3. No one really knows where the Chow Chow was originally from, but it is known that this breed is very old dating as far back as 206 B.C.

Physical Traits of the Pitchow

A small grey Pitchow lying down
The Pitchow is not the best of family pets.

Pitchows will look like their American Pitbull Terrier parent, but they will also have the blue tongue from the Chow Chow parent.

These cute dogs can take on the thick and erect ears of the American Pitbull Terrier or the floppy and thin ears of the Chow Chow. Sometimes they can even have an ear of each breed!

Their muzzles will be similar to the Pitbull, only slightly shorter. They have wide jaws, and their tongues are purple-blue.

Overall, their bodies are stocky but supple. The back legs are like the American Pitbull Terrier’s, and the tails may be curved.

The Pitchow can also be born with an American Pitbull Terrier coat, or maybe one that more closely resembles the Chow Chow.

If your dog inherits the coat of the Pitbull parent, it will be simple and easy to care for.

If they have fur that is more like the Chow Chow, however, maintenance will be a bit more difficult since you will need to clean between the folds of their skin.

Cleaning the ears is required to prevent ear infections. Perform this simple but necessary task once a week.

Another job that you must do is clip your dog’s nails. To maintain the nails at a healthy length, cut them once every month or two.

Lastly, brush their teeth regularly. They can get tooth decay and gum infections just like people and require regular brushing to stay healthy.

It is best to do this every day, although as often as two or three times a week is okay, too.

How Big is a Full-Grown Pitchow?

Pitchows can grow to 17 to 21 inches and weigh 30 to 70 lbs.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Pitchow?

The life expectancy of the Pitchow is between 10 to 15 years.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Pitchow

A Pitchow lying down with a tennis ball
The Pitchow is the mix between the American Pitbull Terrier and the Chow Chow.

Pitchows will inherit the temperament of both the Pitbull and the Chow Chow.

Based on the typical behavior of the parent dogs, the Pitchow will most likely be an independent and playful dog.

Although they are very gentle and affectionate, they can sometimes be uneasy and wary around strangers.

They are also not big fans of children but will be tolerant of them. These dogs are intelligent and skilled enough to learn many impressive tricks.

They will effectively let you know when someone is at the door, although they will usually ‘sing’ instead of bark.

It is important to train and socialize them early to make sure that they grow up into a confident and obedient adult.

Teaching them obedience as a puppy will help them trust and follow you as their owners throughout their life.

The Pitchow’s Diet

The Pitchow is considered an active breed, meaning they would typically need a bit more calories on average to fuel their active lifestyle.

When looking for the best dog food for Pitchows, calories are a key consideration to look at.

An important thing to remember is that the dog food with the most calories does not necessarily mean it is the best dog food for Pitchows.

The food also needs to be nutritious. There are dog foods that might be high in calories but low in nutritional value.

It is recommended that their dog food should have more fat and protein. That is because a fast-growing puppy needs more energy from their food to help fuel their growth.

Pitchow puppies should be fed three times a day to keep their high metabolism.

It’s okay to give your Pitchow a healthy snack or treat on occasion. Be careful not to overdo it with snacks and treats though.

You can give them healthy dog biscuits or dog sausage treats in small amounts.

If you want to give them really healthy snacks, consider giving vegetables. They will like the crunchiness of fresh vegetables, and fiber will be good for their digestive systems.

How Much Exercise Does a Pitchow Need?

The Pitchow will enjoy daily walks and should also be given time to run free in a large and safe enclosed space.

They enjoy a lot of outdoor physical activities, especially swimming.

They can be suited to life in an apartment or a home without a yard as long as you exercise them enough throughout the day.

Their preferred climate can vary since the American Pitbull Terrier prefers warm weather and the Chow Chow likes cold temperatures.

Since Chow Chows are not very active breeds and American Pitbull Terriers have high energy levels, the Pitchow will be somewhere in between.

Therefore, they should be exercised for around 30 to 60 minutes per day.

Pitchow Health and Conditions

It is important to take good care of those coats with good grooming. This is especially important because this breed is prone to developing skin conditions due to its Pitbull genes.

Other issues to look out for include hip dysplasia, entropion, gastric issues, as well as ear and eye problems.

There may also be occasional diagnoses for a congenital heart defect, allergies, and hypothyroidism.

The veterinarian can have occasional tests done on your Pitchow as required, including complete blood profiles, cultures, radiographs, urinalysis, physical examinations, x-rays, blood electrolytes, ECG, blood gas analysis, complete blood work, serum chemistry, and optical exams.

My Final Thoughts on the PitchowA Pitchow looking to the side

The Pitchow is an interesting dog with a lot of positive points, but also a lot of negatives to consider.

They are not the best family pets, but they are still a playful companion for many singles, couples, and families.

Research the parent breeds and local breeders carefully. Make sure you can handle the Pitchow’s needs before you buy it.

A good breeder is essential here. This means a breeder that breeds with strong, healthy lines in a responsible manner.

Watch out for those with expensive, ‘rare’ Pitbull and Chow Chow mix pups, or those that sell them too cheap. Find a fair price for a healthy, well-bred dog.

There are still many dog owners that believe that Pitbull genes will make a mix more likely to attack.

This is only the case in dogs that are not trained well from an early age.

The good news here is that Pitchows are smart enough and learn new tricks easily. This need for early socialization training means that it helps to have an expert in your corner.

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