Japanese Chin Dog Breed Information


Japanese Chin Quick Facts
Japanese Chin
Breed Group: Toy
Origen: China
Nickname: Chin
Weight: 4-7 lbs
Height: 8-11 inches
Color(s): Black and white, red and white, or black and tan and white.


Japanese Chin Appearance

The Japanese Chin is small, well balanced toy dog with a distinctive Oriental expression. The overall appearance is one of Oriental aristocracy. The Japanese Chin is square proportioned with a round shaped head and large eyes. The ears are small, V-shaped, and well covered with hair. The nose is very short with wide, open nostrils. The tail is carried arched over the back and flowing to either side of the body.

The Japanese Chin has a single coat that is profuse, straight and smooth. The coat is white with colored patches. The most common colors are black and white, red and white, or black and tan and white. The weight of the Japanese Chin is around 4-7 pounds and the height is around 8-11 inches.

Japanese Chin Temperament

The Japanese Chin is a loyal companion. They are very affectionate, playful and extremely devoted to its master. They are very sensitive and willing to please. These are not difficult dogs and they usually get on extremely well with children, cats and other dogs, but reserved with strangers or in new situations. This breed is considered one of the most cat-like of the dog breeds in attitude: is alert, intelligent, independent, and it uses its paws to wash and wipe its face.

Is Japanese Chin the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Japanese Chin is a good dog for apartment life. They are moderately active indoors and will do okay without a yard. His exercise needs can be met with a short walk on leash or a play in a safe yard. This is not a breed that could live outside. This breed is sensitive to extreme temperatures (particularly heat). He tends to wheeze and snore. The Japanese Chin is quiet and calm. They will bark for the purpose of alerting the household to the arrival of a visitor or something out of the ordinary.

Japanese Chin Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Japanese Chin is around 10-12 years.

Japanese Chin Health problems

The Japanese Chin is a relatively healthy breed. There are no major concerns associated with them, although, they can be prone to cataract, entropion, heart murmur and patellar luxation. Because of their small size the can also have a risk of hypoglycemia. Some Japanese Chin has seasonal allergies. This breed's flattened face contributes to a few Chin suffering from breathing and heart problems.

Japanese Chin Care and Grooming

The Japanese Chin coat needs brushing and combing twice a week. His beautiful coat doesn’t easily tangle. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and dry shampoo occasionally. Bathe in mild soap only when necessary, they have no coat odor and do not require frequent bathing. Keep the ear passage clean to avoid infections.

Japanese Chin Shedding

The Japanese Chin is an average shedder; you'll find hair stuck to your couch, carpets, clothes and everything else in your home, therefore is not best suited for those with allergies.