The Japanese Chin also called Japanese Spaniel, the Japanese Pug, Jap or Chin. This small fluffy dog hails its origin from China. It was then taken to Japan where it was bred. Many Japanese nobles admired the chin and would give it as a gift to fellow nobles or foreign dignitaries. The Japanese Chin eventually reached Europe around early 18th century due to explorers who visited the East and opened up the way to the east. They quickly gained popularity as exotic animals and royal families developed a liking for them.
The Japanese Chin stands at 8 – 11 inches and weighs at 3 – 5 kgs. It has a broad head with a flat face and very short muzzle. It appears to have a large forehead with its black eyes closely located near the edge of the muzzle. Its eyes are overshadowed with a black coat of fur that runs from its forehead to the cheeks across each eye. They have a fluffy appearance of their coat throughout their body. This can be deceiving in that they do not shed of hair easily. The front legs are straight, and it has a symmetrical body shape whereby its length is almost equal to its height.
The Japanese Chin is a committed and loving dog. It is admirable and intelligent providing good company to its owner. It is open to everyone making it a good and social family dog. It may be reserved towards strangers as it takes time to get used to them. It is a quick learner and will require sufficient and consistent house training to behave accordingly. Is an independent thinker and when it gets bored with a particular training, it will get creative and do something more entertaining.
Due to the small size of the dog, it is important to ensure other people or animals do not overrun it. The dog is highly sensitive and will adapt to the mood of its environment hence it is important to provide it with a peaceful environment where it can thrive.
They are generally healthy but may be prone to one or some of the following: respiratory disorder, eye problems, heart conditions and bone conditions.
They should be fed on high-quality diet full of all necessary nutrients. The amount that the dog will eat is dependent on its physical build and metabolic rate. It is important to take note that their diet requires high fiber to prevent anal sac disease.
Coat, Color and Grooming
The coat is generally white with black patches or a variety of other color such as brown, red or orange. The coat is easy to maintain, as it will require grooming once a month. Brush their teeth twice or thrice a week to prevent tartar buildup and trim their nails so that they do not become overgrown and cause discomfort to the dog.
With Family and other animals.
Japanese Chin is a friendly animal to all people. It can be very attached to its owner because of the comfort of companionship it provides. It is good with children and other animals whether big or small.