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Japanese Chin

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Affectionate, intelligent and charming, the Japanese Chin is a dog that’s eager to make its owner proud and happy. It sings, chats and does a bit of climbing around the home.

Where I'm From

The exact history of the Japanese Chin is not known but it’s thought to have originated in the Chinese Imperial Courts more than a thousand years ago. The breed was probably gifted to the Japanese Emperor at some point which is how it found it’s way to be associated with the island nation.

When international trade was introduced to Japan in 1853 the Japanese Chin became a popular trading commodity, with more and more finding their way to far away lands. After arriving in the USA, the breed was known as the Japanese Spaniel until 1977 when it recognised under its current name.

Queen Alexandra of Denmark was someone who was very taken by the Japanese Chin. She was such a huge fan that she owned 261 of them!

What I Look Like

Japanese Chins are cute, little pooches that grow eight to eleven inches in height. They sport a silky coat that’s moderate in length, a thick mane and a plumed tail. These small pooches have shorter hair on their head and forelegs than they do on the rest of their bodies. They can be bred in black and white, red and white, solid black, or white with tan points.

How I Act

People searching for a decent companion are sure to fall in love with this little pooch. There’s nothing these dogs like better than spending quality time with their owners, which does mean they don’t tend to cope well if their favourite people are out all day. If this describes you, the Japanese Chin is not the breed for you. They can develop separation anxiety if they’re particularly attached.

It’s not out of character for these canines to struggle with new people. They can be shy when they’re around people they don’t know well or in situations that are unfamiliar.

If you’re planning to adopt this affectionate breed, don’t be surprised if your new pooch injects a little music into your day. These dogs quite like to sing and have a chat. They also like to please and will adapt their personality to suit their environment. Japanese Chins are sensitive little souls so if you need to discipline them, be firm but calm.

Looking After Me

The Japanese Chin is an intelligent breed that will take well to training. You’ll just need to keep your sessions fun and interesting because otherwise this little dog’s mind will wander. As mentioned previously, you should be careful of the tone you use when scolding your dog because it’s likely he’ll take your criticism to heart.

You should also apply care when mixing this breed with small children. This is a precaution more for the wellbeing of the dog than the child as Japanese Chins can easily get injured. Kids that aren’t accustomed to dogs may be too forceful when playing, which may not end well.

Living in the great outdoors won’t suit this breed nor will life in a kennel. These dogs want to be inside with their beloved family all day everyday. They’re happy to go for a daily walk or to play in the backyard for exercise though. If you do take your Japanese Chin out for a stroll, make sure it wears a harness and not a collar. Its neck is delicate so it will need additional support.

You’ll need to set aside a few minutes each day to brush your canine friend which will prevent its hair from matting.

Like most breeds, the Japanese Chin is generally healthy but as always; there are a number of illnesses it tends to be more prone to. These include atrioventricular endocardiosis, progressive retinal atrophy, patellar luxation, heart murmurs and cataracts.

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