Japanese Chin


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Japanese Chin
Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: China/Japan
Group: Toy, Companion
Height: 8-11 in.
Weight: 7-15 lbs.
Life span: about 10 yrs.
Trainability: high
Good with children: yes with gentle children
Good with other pets: yes

What is the origin of the Japanese Chin?

Although its name implies otherwise, the Japanese Chin is native to China. It was developed in Japan and later introduced to Europe in the early 1700s. Chins were often presented as gifts to diplomats and esteemed foreigners.

What does the Japanese Chin look like?

The Japanese Chin is about 8-11 inches tall and weights usually 7-11 lbs., lathough some have been as little as 4 lbs. or as much as 20 lbs. Tails are feathered and curlover the back. The muzzle is upturned and oriental in appearance. There is a white hour-glass shaped patch over the face and skull with a black center spot known as "Buddha's Thumbprint." The coat is long and silky. Colors are black and white, red and white, sable and white or tri-color. The coat has no odor but should be brushed or combed every other day.

What is the temperament of the Japanese Chin?

Chins have some cat-like behaviors. They will use their paws to wash their faces and like to be on high places - tables, sofa or chair backs. They are calm dogs but will bark when someone comes to the door. As with all dogs, they should have early training and socialization. Chins are good with gentle children and other dogs and pets. They don't require much exercise and are perfect pets for apartment dwellers.

What is the Japanese Chin used for?

The Japanese Chin was bred as a companion dog, a role which it fulfills very well. Chins can be taught tricks and are loving, loyal family dogs.

Possible Health Issues

Patellar luxation, cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy, mitral valve disease (heart).