Japanese Chin

Japanese Chin

Japanese Chin


Japanese Chin dogs were favored by the Japanese court and were only allowed to be owned by the Japanese Imperial family members. Many times they were presented as a royal gift. Queen Victoria was given a pair of Japanese Chin puppies in 1853, which made them even more popular. Japan honored this breed in 1964 when they were made one of the national symbols. They were originally called Japanese Spaniels but this name was changed by the AKC in 1977. Currently, this breed is moderately popular in the United States, but they're still very much adored in Japan.


Japanese Chin dogs need minimal exercise. They like daily short walks or play sessions. They're perfect for living in apartments or condominiums but also enjoy having a safe place outdoors to play. Just remember that these dogs are very sensitive to extreme temperatures and climates.


Japanese Chin dogs must be gently combed and brushed daily to keep the coat tangle free. They must be brushed and combed in a particular way so you should be taught by a professional dog groomer. Only bathe these dogs when absolutely necessary but occasionally dry shampoo them. Their ears and eyes must be checked and cleaned daily. Due to their short muzzles they tend to have respiratory issues. Other health concerns include heat prostration and eye infections.


Japanese Chin dogs are dainty, fine boned and square shaped. They've got an expression of inquisitiveness and have an Oriental appearance. They're true high stepping and lively aristocrats. Originally bred to be pampered companions, these dogs still maintain that status today.


The coat of the Japanese Chin is thick, long, silky and straight. You'll see that there's more fur located around the chest and neck areas. Their tail and ears are feathered. They have fine fur that stands away from the body and is white with black, sable, yellow, orange, red and brindle patches. They're average shedders.


Japanese Chin dogs are quite loving, intelligent, mild mannered, affectionate, playful and over all pleasant to be around. These dogs are very good at picking up on the moods of people around them and mirroring them. They're very devoted to their master and they love everyone. Their sensitive and gentle behavior makes these dogs well suited to homes with older children. They also get along well with other dogs and household pets. They're not excessive barkers, but they do make excellent watchdogs. These dogs love being the center of attention and are courageous and independent thinkers. Japanese Chin dogs have an excellent memory as well as definite likes and dislikes. They also never forget a friend or enemy. These are the perfect family pet.


The Japanese Chin breed is a lot of more obedient than other toy breeds. Since they're so eager to please, training is rather easy. They excel at learning tricks and performing them. Due to their sensitive nature, you must never use harsh training techniques. Best training techniques to use are loving, gentle, consistent and fair. Basic obedience should also be used.