Do Chow Chows Bark a Lot? Complete Barking Guide

How much do Chow Chows bark? It’s an important question for any dog owner. Barking can be a difficult problem to deal with, bringing a lot of headaches and frustration for even the most serious pet lover. While the breed of dog does affect the barking level, there are numerous other factors that influence it as well. So, do Chow Chows bark a lot?

Chow Chows aren’t really that big of barkers. They do bark some but generally only at specific things and times. Depending upon the individual dog, many owners will likely find that their Chow Chows do not really bark a lot.

Of course, there are exceptions to every rule. Most Chow Chows will be on the quieter side of things, being noisy doesn’t really reflect the natural dignity of this breed. However, there will be uncommon examples, where dogs of this breed will enjoy putting up a mighty fuss from time to time.

How you raise a dog can play a big part in their barking level. Did you provide them with enough socialization? If the answer is no, then expect a lot more barking at strangers. Are they getting enough exercise? Once again boredom can bring out a Chow Chows barking like nothing else.

Even if your Chow Chow doesn’t bark a lot, you still might be having issues with them barking at certain inappropriate times. Perhaps you’ve invited some friends over for a fine meal. Once you’re in the height of good conversation, all of sudden your Chow Chow throws a huge fit. Perhaps it’s one of your guests or a squirrel outside. It’s really hard to know the reason for sure sometimes.

No matter what it is, knowledge will always help you. Here we will be providing a full rundown on Chow Chow barking. We will cover everything, from why do they do it and when and all the ways you can deal with it if it becomes a problem. Even a dignified royal looking dog like a Chow can be in need of a bit of barking training.

Why Don’t Chow Chows Bark As Much As Other Dogs?

There are a variety of reasons as to why this is the case, but Chow Chows just don’t seem to bark in the way and frequency that one usually expects from dogs. A lot of the reasons why lies in their genetics. Basically, what they were bred by people to do.

Many of the big barking dogs often have similar breeding backgrounds. They were either bred to be hunting dogs, livestock guardians, or to herd other animals. Usually, this was sheep but in some cases, they herded cows as well.

Breeds with these kinds of backgrounds usually bark a lot. It’s because they need to communicate. Usually with people, their fellow pack mates, or other types of animals.

Chow Chows, on the other hand, weren’t bred for these types of things. Though it is believed that a very long time ago in China they were used as all around dogs. Good at almost everything, they were used for hunting, pulling sleds, and being mighty guard dogs. It’s even thought possible that one of their roles was to guard the emperor’s children.

This makes a certain sense as in China you can see a lot of statues placed as if guarding houses. I could be wrong, but the statues look just like Chow Chows to me. While Chows were originally bred for these activities it’s been a very long time since these dogs were expected to engage in them.

The modern Chow is now used simply as a family household pet. They’ve come a long way from their grander more martial beginnings. But yet they perform the role of the family dog with illustrious grace and poise. As a result Chows Chows never had the need to bark a lot like those other breeds of dog. If something isn’t really necessary than they simply won’t do it.

I’m not sure why that is, but I think they think doing unnecessary activities is beneath. Or at least that is what I have observed from the Chow Chows in my life.

When Chow Chows Bark and Why?

Though Chow Chows are definitely on the quieter side, they do bark. They just have to have a really good reason to. This is part of what can make them such good family dogs. Assuming they’ve been given the proper socialization of course.

  • Chow Chows might bark when you come home: When you go through the door after a hard day’s work there are few things better in life than being greeted by your very own fluffy bear dog. Chows love their family more than life itself. So you can expect your dog to show it by giving a few friendly ruff ruffs when you return from your outside sojourns.
  • Chow Chows bark at people they don’t trust: One of the noble duties of a Chow is to protect their family and they take it very seriously. My Chow, Bear, used to wear a pathway in the yard along the fence from his daily patrols, that’s how seriously he took his job. If they see something or someone they don’t like, expect some barking. They’re saying “Hey! You! What are you doing?”
  • Chows may bark at animals: This you won’t see quite as often. There are some dogs where if a chipmunk drops a leaf in the forest, they feel you need to know about it. That’s not the Chow, however. But still, they are dogs so if they see an interesting animal they’ll probably still want to talk about. At least a little bit.

Trust Your Chow Chow

Ever get that tingling sensation or a feeling in your gut that somethings not right? Well, Chow Chows are masters of this. I call it their 6th doggy sense. They have an instinct to know if someone is up to no good.

If you find your Chow Chow is acting distrustfully in a situation or barking at someone. Don’t just dismiss it as doggy silliness quickly out of hand. It could be something serious that they’re picking up on that you just don’t understand. Maybe its a smell or bad body language from the person.

Pretty much any Chow Chow owner can attest to moments when their Chow seemed to be warning them. While some of them were false alarms, many times the Chow is actually right. So be aware of your pet Chow and know if their barking is out of the ordinary. They could be trying to save your life.

Of course, don’t take this to a crazy level and think that anyone your Chow doesn’t like must be a bad guy. A lot of times a dog 6th sense comes from them reading subtle body language cues that most people don’t pick up on. So they could dislike the person cause they’re picking up oily cues from them or it could just be that the person is nervous or a little scared.

Possibly because they have a powerful Chow Chow eyeing them suspiciously. That would make anybody nervous.

Socialization plays a key part in this. If you’ve introduced your dog to a lot of different people and situations then their read on things will be considerably more accurate. You’ll also know better what is normal behavior from your dog around strangers and when something deeper is possible going on.

Training a Chow Chow to Not Bark

Some Chow Chows will have problems with barking. If you find them barking at a lot of people or at inappropriate times. You might want to consider investing a bit of your time into some barking training.

There are multiple ways that you can go about training a Chow Chow. Different methods will work better for different people and dogs. Some methods will even need to be combined so that they can reach their full effectiveness.

Have no fear will we go step by step through all of them. So if you’re facing some barking problems from your Chow, you will be fully equipped to deal with them in an effective and loving manner.

So lets go ahead and list the methods well be going over.:

  • Training them with a command phrase
  • Using a waterspray bottle
  • Using bark collars. Which ones to use and which ones to not
  • Getting rid of barking temptations.

Training Your Chow Chow with a Command Phrase

This is probably one of the most effective methods. All the other techniques will still depend upon this one to a certain extent. Many of the other techniques will be complementary to this one and can be combined to great effect.

Basically, you want to help your Chow Chow to understand, what exactly it is that we want from them? In this particular case, we want them to understand when we don’t want them to bark.

When your Chow Chow is engaged in inappropriate barking, we want to wait patiently while they do this. During this time its good to get one of their favorite treats ready. You’re going to want it to be something special that they just go up the wall with excitement for.

Once theirs a pause in their barking then say your command phrase. This can be “hush” or “quiet” or really whatever you want it to be. But it’s best if its something specific and unique to them.

Say your command phrase with a calm measured tone of voice. You shouldn’t yell or shout just firm and calm will do dandy. Then since your chow chows not barking at that particular moment. Give them their treat combined with lots of glowing praise. Tell them how good they are and really make them feel it.

Feeling is everything with dogs and when dealing with a more stubborn breed like a Chow Chow. You got to make them want to obey you cause otherwise, they won’t.

Repeat this method as many times as necessary. At a later more advanced level, you can use your command phrase while they’re still barking and if their training has been effective then your Chow Chow should respond by ceasing their barking.

Using a Squirt Water Bottle

Some dogs will respond better to water than others. Those that don’t like it, will usually respond very well. A few canines will be seemingly immune to it, however. So the effectiveness of this method will vary greatly depending on the personality of your pet.

You will get the most mileage out of this method by combining it with your stop barking command phrase.

When they’re barking, give them a little squirt of water and say your command phrase at the same time. When they comply with your command, it doesn’t matter whether it’s because they obeyed or they were surprised by the water.

So long as the barking stopped. Once they stop barking feed them a wonderful treat. This will help them to associate barking with the unpleasant feeling of wetness while thinking of treats during your command phrase.

Using Bark Collars with Chow Chows

I would recommend trying the two earlier methods first. Reserve a bark collar only for the most difficult and stubborn of dogs.

Never ever use a shock collar, however. I do not at all recommend those. They can often just make problems worse and potentially cause new ones to pop up. Pain and hurt are not effective training methods with Chow Chows. These collars can injure your dog and cause them to become aggressive.

There are three other kinds of bark collars that you should be able to safely use if the barking problem is getting out of hand.

  • Citronella collars: These collars will spray your dog with some citronella whenever they are barking. The citronella is completely harmless but the smell is annoying to them. This should help them to associate their barking with irritation just like it irritates you.
  • Water spraying collars: This is simply an automated version of the water spray bottle method. When your Chow Chow barks it give them a little spritz.
  • Noise emitting collars: These collars put out an annoying noise whenever your dog barks. I’m a bit more skeptical of these due to a dog’s sensitive hearing. I might be a bit concerned that it could bring harm to their hearing if used excessively.

Remove Barking Temptations

Figure out when your Chow Chow likes to bark. Once you know your dogs barking habits well then you can work to remove those temptations from them.

So if your dog likes to bark when the windows are open, then perhaps shut the blinds so that they can’t see outside. If they can’t see the thing that they bark at then they might be quieter.

Likewise, perhaps they bark at a specific person. Maybe they don’t trust them or just simply don’t know them. Introduce your Chow Chow to them, and maybe once they’re friends your dog won’t bark at them as much.

It Could Be a Medical Problem

If you find your normally quiet Chow Chow suddenly barking up a storm a lot, then there could be a deeper issue involved. As the saying goes, the squeaky wheel gets the grease. It could be that there is an underlying health issue causing your dog to bark more than they usually do.

They could be trying to tell you that they’re in pain. This might seem counterintuitive after all don’t sick dogs become lethargic? The truth is that many do, but there are those who do the completely opposite. When they’re sick and not feeling well they yell it out. Which we interpret as barking.


Barking can be a significant problem in any breed. Thankfully Chow Chows do not bark a lot. At least in general, there are always special cases of course. But if your Chow Chow does constantly put up a fuss. Hopefully by using the techniques and methods listed in this article will restore peace and quiet to your home. Perhaps even deepening the bond between owner and Chow Chow.

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