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Japanese Chin

Japanese-Chin-Dog

Agile and Entertaining

Companionate, Gentle, Sensitive

Japanese Chins are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Japanese Chins, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Japanese Chin and some can be quite irritating!

Understanding their unique needs will help you keep them healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where they came, which health conditions are a risk to to the breed and how to keep them feeling their best.

Breed Details

Height:8-11" Weight:4-7 lb Lifespan:10-12 years

Size
1

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
3

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
3

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
3

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
5

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
5

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Japanese Chins are well suited to apartment life as long as she is given daily walks and short play sessions. They are highly intelligent and can be taught to perform a variety of tricks to keep mentally stimulated.

Grooming: Brush coat as needed, at least weekly.

Dental: Japanese Chins generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Clean ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

Japanese Chins are lively and charming; their highest aspiration is to become your trusted companion.

Positive Traits:

Sweet, gentle, and sensitive

Loving and loyal to her owners

Adaptable to a wide variety of living conditions

Quiet—not much of a barker

Quirky, entertaining personality

Easily motivated and trainable

Negative Traits:

Exhibits signs of separation anxiety if left alone too much

Does not tolerate harsh reprimands or negative-reinforcement training

An indoor dog that doesn’t do well in the heat

Makes a lot of snorting, snuffling, and wheezing noises, and she may snore

Needs frequent attention from her family

Standoffish toward strangers



Whether you are considering adding a new Japanese Chin to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Japanese Chin will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Japanese Chin you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

Some health issues an Japanese Chin could encounter:

Heart Disease

Eye Problems

Cataracts

Distichiasis

Knee Problems

Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dysplasia

While most people believe this fantastic breed came from Japan, it actually originated in ancient China and is also called the Japanese Spaniel. She was bred to be a royal lapdog. The Japanese Chin is playful and easygoing but is not recommended for homes with small children. They are intelligent and can quickly learn to perform tricks. The Japanese Chin thrives as the center of attention. They are described as having a cat-like attitude: alert, independent, clean, and often found sleeping in high places. Chins are easygoing and happy companions with minimal exercise needs.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Japanese Chin shows signs of the following:

Coughing, especially at night or upon rising after sleeping, rapid breathing at rest

Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

Cloudiness to eye lens

Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

General reluctance to run or play

Increasing hip pain at less than a year old

Unwilling to jump, cries when moving head

Slow or stunted growth; sometimes seizures after eating

Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

Loud breathing, tires easily at exercise

Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

  • Care

    Routine Care: Japanese Chins are well suited to apartment life as long as she is given daily walks and short play sessions. They are highly intelligent and can be taught to perform a variety of tricks to keep mentally stimulated.

    Grooming: Brush coat as needed, at least weekly.

    Dental: Japanese Chins generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Clean ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

  • Characteristics

    Japanese Chins are lively and charming; their highest aspiration is to become your trusted companion.

    Positive Traits:

    Sweet, gentle, and sensitive

    Loving and loyal to her owners

    Adaptable to a wide variety of living conditions

    Quiet—not much of a barker

    Quirky, entertaining personality

    Easily motivated and trainable

    Negative Traits:

    Exhibits signs of separation anxiety if left alone too much

    Does not tolerate harsh reprimands or negative-reinforcement training

    An indoor dog that doesn’t do well in the heat

    Makes a lot of snorting, snuffling, and wheezing noises, and she may snore

    Needs frequent attention from her family

    Standoffish toward strangers



  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Japanese Chin to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Japanese Chin will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Japanese Chin you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

    Some health issues an Japanese Chin could encounter:

    Heart Disease

    Eye Problems

    Cataracts

    Distichiasis

    Knee Problems

    Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dysplasia

  • History

    While most people believe this fantastic breed came from Japan, it actually originated in ancient China and is also called the Japanese Spaniel. She was bred to be a royal lapdog. The Japanese Chin is playful and easygoing but is not recommended for homes with small children. They are intelligent and can quickly learn to perform tricks. The Japanese Chin thrives as the center of attention. They are described as having a cat-like attitude: alert, independent, clean, and often found sleeping in high places. Chins are easygoing and happy companions with minimal exercise needs.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Japanese Chin shows signs of the following:

    Coughing, especially at night or upon rising after sleeping, rapid breathing at rest

    Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

    Cloudiness to eye lens

    Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

    General reluctance to run or play

    Increasing hip pain at less than a year old

    Unwilling to jump, cries when moving head

    Slow or stunted growth; sometimes seizures after eating

    Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

    Loud breathing, tires easily at exercise

    Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

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