Japanese Chin Dog
A Toy Dog Breed With Cat-like Traits
The Japanese Chin dog was previously known at the Japanese Spaniel, but since it bears no relation to a spaniel, its name was later changed.
The Chin, as he is often called, is thought to have originated in China, but developed mainly in Japan.
How these toy
dog breeds arrived there is a matter of debate, though it is speculated that they may have accompanied Chinese
monks who migrated to Japan around the 5th century.
Dogs with a strong likeness to the Chin have been seen depicted in ancient artifacts and
embroidery found in China, lending support to the early history of this breed.
The Japanese Chin is considered by many to be a descendant of dogs that were revered pets of the Chinese aristocracy.
They are very ornate and compact in appearance with large eyes and a lot of feathering throughout their
Their expression is both exotic, appealing and a little on the proud side.
Personality and Traits
Although the Japanese Chin dog breed seems like the perfect lap dog,
it has been known to be a rather good watchdog. Interestingly, it is one of the quietest dogs and while
not a barker, when it does sound the alarm, its bark is surprisingly quite deep and serious sounding.
Another pleasant attribute of the Chin is its high intelligence and trainability. This little dog
aims to please and will do well if gentle and consistent training methods are used. They are also clean
by nature and considered easy to housebreak.
The Japanese Chin dog loves to be spoiled! He has a very affectionate nature and makes a loyal and interesting
companion, though he is discerning with strangers. The Chins are playful dogs, happy and good-natured in their demeanor.
When it comes to the health of this breed, respiratory and heart conditions are the most common concerns.
Because of the flattened muzzle, they are also more prone to respiratory difficulties and overheating.
The eyes being on the large side and rather prominent are susceptable to scratches as well as
more serious eye conditions. Rolled-in eyelids and cataracts are also somewhat common in the breed.
Inherited genetic issues that can affect the Japanese Chin dog include luxating patellas and heart murmurs.
Appearance, Coat and Care
: 7-11 inches
: Up to 7 lbs.
: Black/white or red/white.
The Chin is a very clean dog and has the unusual habit of using its paws - much like a cat - to wash its
Having said that, your help is still required for the largest share of grooming!
The Chin has a very full coat that is straight and silky. To prevent matting and maintain its condition, invest
in a good quality boar brush
because the coat does need regular brushing and combing almost every day.
Shedding for this breed is about average.
This toy dog breed requires almost no daily exercise if allowed to romp freely around the house.
However, it is recommended that he be taken out for walks because every dog needs to have mental and physical stimulation
to maintain good health.
The Chin doesn't need a lot of space and doesn't make a lot of noise which fits in very well with
apartment living or any other setting.
The Chin is a delicate dog and not recommended for active children, but could be a nice pet for a child
who is gentle with animals. The Chin does not like rough handling.
As always, the best policy
whichever breed of dog you choose, is to have an adult supervise any interaction between children and the household
Low exercise demand, loving, loyal, smart and clean makes the Japanese Chin dog breed the ideal companion for the
elderly, more sedentary or housebound individual.
Grooming needs would be the only variable to consider.
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