Chow Attacks

Chow Chow is a type of dog breed originally from China.  Chow Chows range in size from 17 to 21 inches at the shoulder and weigh from 45 to 75 pounds.  Chows are notable for their solid blue-black tongue.  They come in two types – rough coats and smooth coats. The outer coats of rough coated Chows are abundant, dense and straight.  Smooth coated Chows are less popular and, therefore, rare.  Coat color can be whole-colored black, red, blue (gray), cinnamon (fawn), or cream (white), frequently shaded but not in patches.

Chows do not tend to be “attack” biters and usually avoid encounters.  However, they will often bite if cornered by a stranger or in a strange situation. This often happens during handling at animal shelters.  Chows can be fiercely protective of their owners and property.  Owning a Chow Chow can raise the cost of homeowners insurance because some companies consider them high-risk dogs.  In a study in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, out of 238 fatalities related to dog bites from 1979 to 1998, Chow Chows were responsible for eight.

The Chow Chow and Chow mixes consistently make the Top 10 Most Dangerous Dogs list year after year.  Poor socialization as puppies and inferior breeding are likely contributors to the reasons why Chows are known for their high rate of attacking humans and other animals.

An attack by a Chow Chow can cause serious harm and, in some cases, can result in death.  If you have been injured by a Chow Chow or if you have lost a loved one due to the attack of a Chow, it is very important that you contact an experienced dog bite attorney at the Liljegren Law Group as soon as possible.  Call us today at 866-613-9906.  Our California dog bite attorneys have represented many victims of attacks by Chow Chows and other aggressive dog breeds.

It is not necessary for a victim in California to prove that the dog was known to be vicious or had a propensity to bite.  All that must be proved is that a defendant owned a dog.  That the dog bit the victim and that the victim was lawfully where they should have been.  The most important aspect in dealing with a dog attack or bite is to gather as much evidence as possible.  This includes identifying the dog’s owners, taking photographs of the dog, writing down any eyewitness names and phone numbers and immediately calling the police and animal control.

Dog bites from Chow Chows can cause serious harm and possibly disfigurement, especially if the victim is bitten in the face.  Dog bite injuries may involve:

  • Abrasions
  • Broken bones or fractures
  • Eye injuries
  • Facial disfigurement
  • Finger injuries
  • Infections
  • Lacerations
  • Neck injuries
  • Nose injuries
  • Punctures
  • Rabies
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Vision loss


Victims of Chow Chow dog bite injuries to the face, especially children should be examined for nerve damage and facial fractures.  While the incidence of facial fractures from dog bite injuries is statistically low, physicians should not exclude the possibility of fractures resulting from dog attacks.


Dog bite injuries can often cause many frustrations.  Medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses pile up quickly.  If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog bite, please contact the Liljegren Law Group today at 866-613-9906 to speak with an experienced California dog bite attorney and to ensure that your legal rights are protected.  Call us today for a free legal consultation.  We serve all of California and have offices conveniently located in Escondido, Oceanside, Temecula, San Marcos, La Mesa, Huntington Beach, Palm Desert, and Big Bear.

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