- WEIGHT: 75 to 95 lbs
- HEIGHT: 22 to 26 inches
- COLOR(S): Solid black or tan/gold with a black saddle; black nose, grey with lighter or brown markings (sables). Whites, livers, and blues not recognized.
- BREED GROUP: Herding
WEIGHT: 4 to 7 lbs
HEIGHT: 8 to 11 inches
COLOR(S): White and black or white and red and white (all shades, including sable, brindle, lemon and orange).
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.
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.
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 other breeds with flat noses, breathing difficulties and heart problems may occur. Other health concerns include dislocated kneecaps, back problems, cataracts, low blood sugar, eye irritations, and possible problems with whelping.
Japanese Chins should receive short daily walks and an opportunity to play every day. Exercise is average. Like other breeds with flat noses, heart and breathing problems may occur.
The Japanese Chin is an easy-going breed and is well suited for apartment living as long as it is provided with a daily walk. They are very adaptable and can live in a city, suburban or rural environment equally as good.
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