Japanese Chin

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Japanese Chin are an elegant and sensitive breed, solely bred to be human companions. They have an oriental expression, silky coat, fluffy tail and are red and white, black and white, or black and white with tan spots. They are almost cat-like in temperament, calm and daintily loving to their own family but somewhat reserved with strangers.




Here is a lovely red and white Chin.

Like cats they are excellent jumpers and love to settle into high spots (like the tall back of a sofa) for a cozy nap. Like cats you do not own a Japanese Chin; he owns you. They do well in apartments but also enjoy a fun romp outside.

They are very clean and easy to house train. Belonging to the short faced breeds, care must be taken to not over heat or otherwise stress their respiratory system.

This is not a breed that does well flying, but is otherwise an excellent traveling companion.


This little guy is really letting you know that he wants something!




This is a young dog, not yet in full coat.

Like cats they are excellent jumpers and love to settle into high spots (like the tall back of a sofa) for a cozy nap. Like cats you do not own a Japanese Chin; he owns you. They do well in apartments but also enjoy a fun romp outside. 

They are very clean and easy to house train. Belonging to the short faced breeds, care must be taken to not over heat or otherwise stress their respiratory system. 

This is not a breed that does well flying, but is otherwise an excellent traveling companion.






History

They are an ancient breed originating in the royal courts of China, not Japan. They are cousins to the Pekingese and were never sold but were only given as gifts to reward exceptional service. Thus they migrated to Japan. When that country was closed for 200 years to outside influence from the mid 1600’s to the mid 1800’s, they became the darling of Japanese royalty, becoming longer legged and shorter backed.




This breed is dainty and clean.

Queen Alexandra of England fell in love with the breed in the late 1800’s. She had one or more of her half dozen dogs with her at all times.

By the Numbers

Size: 8 to11 inches at the shoulder.
Coat Care: 6 – medium. They do best with a thorough brushing twice a week.






Trainability: 6 – medium. If you can convince your dog that the training goal was his idea in the first place, he will learn very easily. 
Energy level: 6. They are a highly adaptable dog but do enjoy plenty of exercise.
Good with Children: 5 – medium They do well with older, gentle children. Care must be taken to not over-stress them. 
Noise level: low to medium – 4: They alert to intruders but are otherwise quiet.
Low Shedding/hypoallergenic: –7, medium to high They do shed and are not hypoallergenic. 




This Chin demonstrates the correctly turned up nose.

To get a better idea of what kind of breeder to look for, check out What Is a Responsible Breeder? And to make sure you have what it takes, check out What Makes a Responsible Pet Owner? To get more information or to start a puppy search, contact the Japanese Chin Club of America. 

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If you own this breed, this means YOU. What is your dog like? What stories can you tell? What would you like to say to someone who is considering your breed? What is your dog's sterling qualities? How about some of his or her not so great characteristics? Tell us a bit about the ideal owner for your breed as well.

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Dainty and cat-like, the Chin knows the world is her oyster. You'll never forget being owned by a Chin!

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