Japanese Chin Puppies

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A calm, intelligent, and devoted breed

Japanese Chins are said to be cat-like because they're quiet and cautious, they groom themselves regularly, and carry themselves with a touch of arrogance. They love being showered with attention and affection by their humans.

Japanese Chin At a Glance

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Japanese Chin At a Glance

  • Size: 8"-11", 7-11 lbs.
  • Lifespan: 10-12 years
  • Energy Level: medium
  • Coat: Long and silky
  • Shedding: moderate
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Dog Group: Toy
  • Common Nicknames: Japanese Spaniel

Japanese Chin Breed Guide

Learn More About Japanese Chins

  • Temperament

    Japanese Chins are bright, sensitive, and well-behaved dogs that make wonderful companions. Chins are known to form strong bonds with their owners, but they might be wary of strangers and unfamiliar settings. They are calm and quiet dogs who like to stay at home and observe the world, making them an excellent breed for apartment dwellers.

  • Health

    Japanese Chins are susceptible to a serious genetic disorder, but are generally very healthy. The genetic disorder is Toy-Sachs Disease, and responsible breeders will perform genetic testing to identify potential carriers.

  • Activity Level

    Despite their reputation as a lapdog, Japanese Chins still require regular exercise to burn off excess energy. Brisk walks, trips to the dog park, and games of fetch are all excellent ways to keep these dogs mentally and physically stimulated.

  • Grooming

    The long and silky coat of the Japanese Chin looks like it would be difficult to maintain, but they are actually fairly low maintenance. They require weekly brushings to deal with any tangling, and a bath about once a month depending on how dirty they get. Their nails grow very fast so they may need regular clipping to prevent discomfort.

  • Shedding

    They are lighter shedders but will shed moderately as seasons change. They are great self groomers, which will lessen the amount of hair found around the house and on furniture.

  • Appearance

    The Japanese Chin is a small dog with delicate features and an intriguing expression. These dogs are known for their abundance of silky hair that stands out from their bodies. Their fur can be black and white, red and white, or a combination of black, white, and tan.

  • History

    The Japanese Breed history is very cloudy and the exact origins are unknown. Some believe that the breed originated with Buddhist monks, some say Chinese Emperors creatd the breed, and some credit European merchants. The only origin story most people agree on is that Japanese nobles helped turn the Japanese Chin into the breed we know today. They didn't make their way to the west until the late 1800s, when Japan was reopened to trade after hundreds of years of isolation.