The Japanese Chin is a small, well balanced, lively, aristocratic toy dog with a distinctive Oriental expression. It is a dainty little spaniel with a short, broad face, and a soft, feathered coat. It loves to cavort and play. Formerly called the Japanese Spaniel its name was changed to the Japanese Chin in 1977.
It is a gentle and affectionate breed; it is meticulously clean and very easy to housebreak. If you enjoy an affectionate, playful lapdog then a Japanese Chin would make an excellent companion.
White and black or white and red and white (all shades, including sable, lemon and orange). Nose color should match the color of the coat markings.
Abundant, straight, single, and silky. A few minutes each day will keep the coat looking beautiful. Comb out tangles and brush lightly. Dry shampoo occasionally and bathe only when necessary. This breed is an average shedder.
Like many short-faced breeds, the Japanese Chin tends to wheeze and snore, it is prone to eye and respiratory problems and heat prostration. Some lines are prone to distemper.
The Japanese Chin is a pleasant, loving, charming, lively, and happy animal. It is affectionate and extremely devoted to its master. This breed loves everyone. It makes an excellent companion to children, but small children must be taught to be nice and gentle with the dog.
This breed is more obedient than most toy breeds. It is mild-mannered, elegant, yet playful, sensitive, agile, dainty and clean. It is good with other dogs and pets. The Japanese Chin has a mind of its own and likes to be the center of attention. It is not a barker. It is reserved with strangers; it makes a good watchdog. It doesn’t require a great deal of exercise, but it does enjoy daily walks. Some of the Japanese Chin’s talents include: watchdogging and performing tricks.
The Japanese Chin is good for apartment life. It is moderately active indoors and will do okay without a yard. This breed is sensitive to temperature extremes.