Japanese Chin Dog
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 substantial coat.
Their expression is both exotic, appealing and a little on the proud side.
This breed was previously known at the Japanese Spaniel, but since it bears no relation to a spaniel, its name was later changed.
Personality and Traits:
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 makes a loyal and interesting companion with a very loving and affectionate nature, though he is discerning with strangers. They are playful, happy and good-natured in their demeanor.
Appearance, Coat and Care
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 face.
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, the coat does need regular attention including a light brushing almost every day. Shedding for this breed is about average.
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.
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.
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