The Chow Chow can be found in 5 colors: Blue (a diluted black) cream, cinnamon (any hue from a pale beige to a dark cinnamon), red (any color that ranges from light golden to dark mahogany) and black. There are 2 types of coats on this breed: Rough or smooth. With rough coated Chow Chows the outer layer is thick, straight and stands off from the body and is somewhat coarse. The ruff is obvious and there is a nice feathering effect in many places. Smooth coat Chow Chows do not have an obvious ruff as the rough coats do and there is no feathering as well.
The Chow Chow is a large, stocky dog. The two most distinctive features of the Chow Chow are its blue-black tongue and its almost straight hind legs, which makes it walk rather stilted. The head is large and broad with a flat skull.