Dogs who have been uprooted from their homes, or have had difficult beginnings are likely to bond completely and deeply with their new human caretakers who they view as heroes.Chow Chows who find themselves in the shelter or at a rescue group because of a death or other tragedy in their former human family usually go through a mourning period.

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OK, here's some food for thought if you have your heart set on a puppy, and a few reasons why adopting an adult might be your better option: Before you adopt a Chow Chow, consider how much time your new family member will spend alone. The key to successful housebreaking is consistency; preventing "accidents" is key.

Once a puppy soils the carpeting, it becomes much more difficult to train them out of that behavior.

Many Chow Chow rescue groups use foster homes to make sure each Chow Chows for adoption is trained to be well-behaved indoors.

Although all dogs need attention and playtime, an adult dog's needs are far less demanding than a puppy's.

Before you adopt a Chow Chow puppy, ask yourself if you are available to walk your dog several times throughout the day, and if you have the patience and commitment to wake up and take him out first thing every morning at the same time, and stick to a strict schedule.

Of course, before you can walk him at all, you will need to train him to walk on a leash, which is a project in itself.

Shelters and rescue groups are able to assess the personality of each Chow Chow for adoption, and carefully match you up with the right dog for your lifestyle.

When you adopt a puppy, there is a lot more guesswork involved.

On the other hand, an adult dog's bladder is already fully developed.