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A breed that was only allowed to be touched, or owned, by Royalty.
Perfected by the Japanese for human companionship.
Today, this rare unspoiled breed, is enjoyed by many, across the world.
Yuna, Bling, Dazzle
The chin is often described as a cat, in a dog's body
because of their love of heights and fun, cat like curiousity.
A "wash and go" breed, despite their very elegant appearance.
Chin are still unique, fairly rare and for sure special.
2021 Japanese Chin Club of America National Specialty
Chin coursing.............Chin doing Trick Dog
Although Chin are not known, for having any major Health Issues,
We have still done breed specific DNA and OFA health clearances listed below:
Clear for OFA: GM2 (neurological disorder), Cardiac (good heart), Patella (good knee caps)
FULL Dentition (have all teeth), Tracheal Hypoplasia (no breathing issues), Eyes (no eye issues)
legg-calve-Perthes (no defects in hip bones/joint)
Japanese Chin while looking so regal, are actually very comical
People are laughing all the time over their antics.
They have a way of making each day full of fun.
They are curious like a cat, finding wonder in everything around them,
as well as their desire, to always wanting to be in high places.
Added bonus, is that they are super quiet.
(Typical day in the life of a Japanese Chin)
They don't bark !
Seriously, unless their owner encourages it, you will not hear a chin bark.
When frustrated with their owners, the do make a "woooh woooooh" sing song, noise.
While they are an "alert" breed, that have endless energy, they are not hyper
and require very little exercise, content to sleeping or amusing themselves.
Japanese Chin are a toy breed, weighing 7-11 lbs.
The well known breed trait, is their wide eyed, look of astonishment
achieved because of the "SMALL" amount of white showing in the inner corners of the eyes.
This breed is fearless and very inquisitive. Their curiosity combined with their
wide eyed innocent look, will certainly have you laughing at what they get up to.
They are just little clowns.
The Japanese Chin house trains, and will ask to go outside
by pacing or scratching at the door, or ringing a bell if you have one.
Keeping a pee pad by the exit door will help a great deal.
Unlike other toy breeds, the Chin is not prone to barking
and if it is the only dog in the house, you may never hear them bark at all.
When irritated with their humans, they do object with this "whooo whooo"
which is totally endearing.
Another unusual trait of the Chin is his tendency blow out of his nose,
resulting in a fine mist of exhalation, also known by Chin fanciers as a "snizzle."
This is not the sign of a respiratory infection, but instead is due to his flat face.
Reverse sneezing is also common in the Chin and is not usually a cause for concern.
Their coat is medium length, fine, and soft and easy to maintain
with just running a comb through their coat weekly.
If you bath them weekly, you will get less shedding
and a more impressive flowing coat.
Quiet, funny, clean, easy maintenance coat.
You could not find a breed more perfect for apartment or small space living
The breed was first recognized by the AKC in 1888
Often also referred to as a Japanese Spaniel.
The Chin is closely related to the Pekingese.
Average Height: 8-11 inches
Average Weight: 7-11 pounds
Average Life Expectancy: 10-12 years
Group: Toy Group
*Click to read Great Chin Article "Judging the Chin"
*Great Chin Article, Describing the Breed
Chin Coat Information
AKC Japanese Chin Breed Standard
CKC Japanese Chin Breed Standard
FCI Japanese Chin Standard
2021 Japanese Chin Club of America Specialty Results
Show Sight Magazine Articles on breed
Chin Chatter 2021