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Japanese Chins are small and dainty and make
a wonderful companion. The breed we know today
can be traced to Japan, but exactly where
and when this ancient toy breed originated
is still a mystery. Some theories suggest
Korea and other claim it was China. As far
back as the fifth century, there was a lot
travel between these three countries and it's
known Korea and China often gave small pet
dogs to the Japanese.
Japanese Chins were bred to be companions
and at a time long ago were only owned by
nobility and royalty. They were often given
as royal gifts to diplomats and to foreigners
whose purpose to Japan was highly respected.
The Japanese Chin breed (originally known
as Japanese Spaniel) was first recognized
by the American Kennel Club in 1888. The name
was officially changed to Japanese Chin in
The height to of a Japanese Chin is 7-11 inches
Weight: The weight of a Japanese Chin
is 4 -15 pounds (2-7 kg)
Coat Type: AKC Breed Standard - "Abundant,
straight, single, and silky. Has a resilient
texture and a tendency to stand out from the
body, especially on neck, shoulders, and chest
areas where the hair forms a thick mane or
ruff. The tail is profusely coated and forms
a plume." / Grooming is relatively easy.
The abundant hair tends not to mat therefore
combing or brushing twice a week and bathing
as needed will help keep the coat in good
condition. The Japanese Chin is breed is an
average shedder. Note: Females seem to shed
more than males.
Most common coat color of the Japanese
Chin is black and white, however this breed
also comes in other varieties which includes
red & white and sable & white. Tri
colored (black and white with tan points)
is not common.
Temperament: Japanese Chins are loving,
loyal and eager to please companion dogs.
They are intelligent, good-natured and sensitive.
Known to be reserved with strangers or in
unfamiliar situations - therefore early socialization
is very important and may help in these instances.
Japanese Chins really only bark to alert that's
someone at door or if there's an unfamiliar
sound - otherwise, they are quiet dogs. Japanese
Chins devoted, playful and clean.
Japanese Chins are generally a healthy
breed. The most common health issues include
luxating patellas, early onset of heart murmurs,
cataracts and respiratory problems. Because
of they are 'short-faced', the breed is known
to wheeze and snore. Japanese Chins are sensitive
to the heat. Average life expectancy is for
a Japanese Chin between 10-12 years.
•The Japanese Chin does not
have an adult coat until it is over a year
•Japanese Chins at times display
cat-like behaviors such as climbing and grooming
•Japanese Chins love
being with people and are often used as therapy
•The Japanese Chin breed
was first recorded by the AKC in 1888, however
the breed was recognized as Japanese Spaniel
at the time. The name was officially changed
to Japanese Chin in 1977.
AKC: Toy Group
ANKC: Group 1 - Toys
CKC: Group 5 - Toys
FCI: Group 9 - Section 8: Japan Chin &
UKC: Companion Dogs