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.
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 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 susceptible 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:
Height: 7-11 inches
Weight: Up to 7 lbs.
Coat Colors: 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 pets.
Low exercise demand, loving, loyal, smart and clean makes the Japanese Chin dog breed the ideal companion for seniors, more sedentary or housebound individuals.
Grooming needs would be the only variable to consider.