Chows have received an undue reputation for being unpredictable or dangerous. It's true that Chow Chows need to be socialized from a young age. They are an ancient breed and tend to be quite independent, as if they were still the great hunters in Asia. They don't respond to "ownership" as a pet like other dogs do, not needing your constant attention--more like a cat in personality. I like such an animal for a companion.