Japanese Chin

A house can never be complete without a pet. Someone to love, to take care of and just someone who can make one forget all their troubles and relax after a hard day. Puppies are generally the obvious choice. Because, really who could resist small, cute, big-eyed bundle of love staring up at them, just forcing them to pet him? Among the puppies, the Japanese Chin is one that a person can never ignore!


Origin and Brief History

There has always been a slight ambiguity between the Japanese Chin and the Pekingese puppy. Though it has been concluded that they are essentially the same breed, the Pekingese are now bred to form the cute little puppy people know as the “Japanese Chin.”  Originally from China, The Japanese Chin was involved in a trade between Chinese, America and Japan, in the form of a precious gift. Thereafter, the small puppy made its way to Japan and is said to have descended along the lines of Japanese royalty. Even Britain nobility was not oblivious to the dog’s charms, it being the absolute favorite of British Queen Alexandra, the wife of King Edward VII.



Playfulness, love, intelligence, calmness, devotion, cleanliness and obedience are some of the attributes one would associate with the Japanese Chin. They are not too fond of strangers, so it is imperative to socialize the puppy well. Children and small toddlers should not be rough to the dog, especially at the initial stages. The Japanese Chin would stoop to anything to get all the eyes on it. This breed is a quick learner and performs well with constant supervision at the initial levels.


Specification of Breed

With a lifespan of 10 years, this puppy stands at about 7 – 11 inches and weighs about 4 to 20 pounds. They are even classified into two types according to their weights – one below one and the other over 7. Dark wide eyes, ear-feathering, facial markings, a broad but short muzzle, a round large forehead, and a silky coat are some of the characteristic features of this puppy. Breeds are found in wide range of colours ranging from black and white, with all the colours lying in between. They are categorized in the “Toy” breed.



For a Chin’s coat to remain sparkling, a gentle brushing is required only once or twice a week and non-frequent baths. As their coat is a single-lined and single-haired one, there is average shedding. Their eyes and ears should be checked often for any infections and their coat should be kept tangle-free. Proper diet should be maintained after consultation as many Chins have an allergy to corn.


Buyer Beware

Buyers need to be aware of its health problems and its aversion to high temperatures. Chins are generally prone to respiratory diseases, distemper, wheezing and eye issues, though it’s nothing proper care cannot prevent. Toddlers should be kept away from this dog as it does not much patience. Chins like small walks every now and then. Pampering should be limited and proper rules should be set to ensure complete obedience.


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