Get to know the Japanese Chin
All you need to know about the breed
Small but perfectly formed just about sums up the Japanese Chin, a toy breed whose origins as a companion dog date back many centuries. Often weighing in at under three kilos (6.5 lb), and with a naturally aloof bearing, a penchant for batting at toys, grooming their fur and jumping to high places, it’s easy to see why the Japanese Chin breed is often described as cat-like.
When it comes to looks, however, this companion to the ancient Japanese nobility is entirely distinctive, and not feline at all: the long, abundant and silky coat, including a shaggy mane and plumed tail, comes in shades of white, black and red. A snub nose and jauntily folded ears give the Japanese Chin a permanent look of surprise, if not astonishment.
Japanese Chins are affectionate with their humans – they are not fond of being left alone for too long. They get on well with children once trained (although because they’re so delicate they shouldn’t be left alone with young ones in case of accidental clumsiness that could hurt them.)
Japanese Chins are bright and affectionate little dogs that don’t need a huge amount of exercise. They’re usually content to survey the goings on from a comfortable spot in their domain. Those centuries of life in royal courts have left their mark on the regal and dignified Japanese Chin: they make perfect little pets as long as you don’t mind that they probably consider you to be their subjects.
2 facts about Japanese Chins
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Japanese Chin
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