Japanese Chin

The Japanese chin was developed in Japan, but the dog actually originated in China 1,500 years ago. One of its relatives is the Pekingese. Known as Imperial chins, the dogs were cherished companions of the imperial court of China. The breed was subsequently developed in Japan, where it was highly prized by nobility, and it made its way to Europe during the early 1700s. In 1888, the American Kennel Club recognized the Japanese chin as a member of the toy group.

The Japanese Chin is a small dog with square proportions. It has a long, furry, yet silky coat, which needs to be brushed several times a week. This dog also sheds heavily. They cannot tolerate heat.Personality: The Japanese Chin is a sweet-natured, gentle little dog breed. It is affectionate and devoted and is good with gentle children. It needs moderate exercise on a daily basis, which can be satisfied with short walks or indoor play. It's friendly towards other dogs and strangers.

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Breed Type
Pure
Origin
Japan
Family
Group
Function
Life Span
12-14 Years
Hypoallergenic
No
Other Names
Japanese Spaniel, Chin, Japanese Chin

Japanese Chin Build Information

Size
Toy
Length (Male)
8-12 in.
Length (Female)
8-10 in.
Weight
< 14 lbs
Litter Size
1 - 3 Puppies
Tail Dock or Crop
No
Preferred Climate
Any Climate

The Japanese chin is a toy breed, standing 8 to 11 inches tall at the shoulder and weighing four to nine pounds. The muzzle is short, and the face is brachycephalic, meaning that the nose appears pushed in. The coat is long and silky, with feathering on the tail, the ears and the backs of the legs. The coat is white with patches that may be black, lemon, red, sable, orange or brindle. The coat can also be a tricolored combination of white, black and tan.

The large, round eyes protrude, the small ears hang downward and the fluffy tail curves upward to rest on either side of the dog's back.

The Japanese Chin is a small dog with square proportions. It has a long, furry, yet silky coat, which needs to be brushed several times a week. This dog also sheds heavily. They cannot tolerate heat.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level
Energy Level
Independant
Good to Other Pets
Dominating or Submissive?
Guardian Skills
Barking
Aggressiveness Level

The Japanese chin is an affectionate, devoted and charming companion. The little dog is a mischievous clown that will delight families with its silly antics. Japanese chins are active and playful. They get along well with other pets and with children that are gentle and calm. They are reserved toward strangers and make good watchdogs. The Japanese chin can thrive in an apartment setting as long as it is provided with opportunities to expend its energy and playfulness.

Some Japanese chins love to climb so that they can survey all household activities.

The Japanese Chin is a sweet-natured, gentle little dog breed. It is affectionate and devoted and is good with gentle children. It needs moderate exercise on a daily basis, which can be satisfied with short walks or indoor play. It's friendly towards other dogs and strangers.

Appearance

Colors
Black Lemon Orange Red Red-Black Brindle Sable Tan Tan Brindle White
Shedding
Moderate
Grooming
Medium Maintenance
Coat Type
Feathered

The long, silky coat of a Japanese chin is deceptively easy to care for. Combing the coat once or twice a week will remove dead hairs and prevent tangles on the fringes of the ears. Toy breeds are particularly at risk for developing periodontal disease. Be proactive at preventing this condition by brushing a Japanese chin’s teeth each day, which will reduce the accumulation of plaque.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Moderately easy to train
Hunting Companion
No
Jolly for Jogging
Yes
Sighting Capabilities
No
Ideal for Tracking
No
Retrieving Skills
No
Pointing Breed
No
Herding Skills
No
Dutiful Watchdog
Yes
Security Guard Capable
No
Police Performer
No
Wet Water rescues
No
Assist Disable Owners
No
Dog Sledding
No
Able to Perform Dog Carting
No
Agile/Zippy
No
Fun with Lure Coursing
No
Obedient
No
Possible Schutzhund Work
No
Trainable for Tricks
Yes
  • For a playful and devoted companion, consider the Japanese chin to entertain you with its mischievous feats and to warm your lap on chilly evenings
  • The Japanese chin originated in China
  • The Japanese chin is also known as a Japanese spaniel or a chin
  • The Japanese chin is an affectionate and adaptable companion
  • The Japanese chin stands 8 to 11 inches tall and weighs 4 to 9 pounds
  • Japanese chins have moderate energy levels
  • Japanese chins require minimal grooming
  • The average lifespan for a Japanese chin is 12 to 14 years

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Common Health Conditions in Japanese Chins

The average life expectancy for the Japanese chin is 12 to 14 years. A few health conditions that have been noted in the Japanese chin include patellar luxation, heart murmurs, entropion, cataracts, keratoconjunctivitis sicca and progressive retinal atrophy.

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