The Chow has a thick, luxurious coat that makes the dog resemble a small fluffy bear. The coat is dense and double layered, with a rougher outer layers and a fuzzy inner layer. The coat comes in smooth and rough varieties. Chows normally have a thick patch of fur on the neck that resembles a ruff or mane. The coat comes in several colours, such as cinnamon, cream, red, blue, and black. If you plan on getting a Chow, be prepared to brush him/her at least three times a week. Your Chow will probably need a monthly bath. The thick coat means that fleas can be difficult to spot, so be vigorous in preventing fleas. The Chow sheds heavily, especially as the seasons change. An interesting and unique breed feature is the Chow’s tongue, which is a purple to blue, black colour. Even the Chow’s lips have a blue-black tinge.