The Japanese Chin, also known as "Japanese Spaniel" belongs to the AKC Toy Group and is a very sweet and playful, small dog. They have a soft, silky coat which drapes over their body and a short, broad face with expressive dark eyes. These little dogs love to be the center of your attention, are devoted, and enjoy spending time with you. Chins can be suspicious of strangers making them good watchdogs. They are very affectionate and devoted to their owner and family, however, can be known to get snippy and will not tolerate roughness or teasing from younger, misbehaved children. Chins are best suited for households without children and make excellent pets for the elderly. Excercise is minimal, and they adapt very well to apartment or condo living if walked daily.
Grooming: The shedding, long coat of a Chin needs twice a week brushings to prevent matting an trips to the groomer every 8 weeks. Keep the eye areas clean.
Social Skills: This little dog gets along fine with other dogs and household pets.
Personality: Very devoted, playful, and affectionate. Gentle mannered, quiet, very loveable and make good watchdogs. Tends to be nervous around strangers, but socialization helps Chins overcome their suspicious attitudes. Care should be taken to be alpha with your Chins or behavior problems may develop.
Children: Very good with older, respectful children.
Housing: Very adaptable to apartment and condo living. Ideal for the elderly.
Exercise: Low. Neighborhood walks and romps in the yard are fine.
Training: Intelligent. Trains easily with positive reinforcement.
Health: eye and respiratory problems. Tend to wheeze and snore as any short-faced breed. More information on Japanese Chin inherited health disorders.
History: The Japanese Chin originated in Japan and no doubt descended from the Chinese Pekingese. Bred as companion dogs around the 700's they were gifts from one emperor to another. Noble families kept their strain for purity for over 1000 years. The Chin was first brought out of Japan by Commodore Perry in the mid 1880's when they were known to be called Japanese Spaniels. In 1977, the AKC renamed them Japanese Chins.