Japan Chin

Temperament:

Clever, Feline, Quiet
Size: Small
Height: 25 cm
Weight: 3-5 kg
Lifespan: 10-12 years
Coat: Longhair
Colors: White, black or reddish brown/reddish yellow spots
FCI Group: Companion and Toy Dogs

The small Japan Chin (also called Japanese Chin) does not originate from Japan, as its name suggests. Its origins can be traced to China, from where they probably came to Japan with Zen Buddhists. At that time they were the favorites of aristocrats. Now he is a popular family dog.

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Characteristics

The Japan Chin is a friendly and gentle contemporary. He is uncomplicated and adapts perfectly to its environment. The small, elegant-looking dog will be up to 25 cm large and weighs approx. 5 kg. His coat is long and silky and must be well groomed.

Mostly he is two-tone and then either black and white or red and white pied. Sometimes he can also be tricolor. By the way, he does not have an upper and lower coat like other dog breeds. He has only one coat.

The Japan Chin has a Short nose and a slightly oriental appearance. Its life expectancy is 10 - 12 years. He belongs to the FCI group nine (Companion and social dogs).

The Japan Chin is usually affectionate, soft and cuddly. He is always said to behave like a cat. So he moves sometimes almost silent, cleans his face with his little paws and can sometimes even climb.

Normally it is suitable optimal as a beginner dog and apartment or city dog. The Japan Chin is both child as well as cat friendly. He can be kept well as a second dog.

He is not a yapper and not particularly demanding in the attitude. Even if he reliably announces new visitors, this is done rather by quiet barking.

The Japan Chin is not aggressive and rather calm. You do not have to take long walks with him. So he can also be kept well as a city dog. However, you should not leave him alone for too long. He demands attention and would like to have his family around him all the time.

The sensitive dog is very sensitive to the mood of his master or mistress. If he notices that his owner is sad, he tries to cheer him up with tenderness and humor. The specialty of the little dog is the Chin Spin. If he is happy or excited, he spins around himself - sometimes even just on two legs!

He also sneezes backwards more often. This is due to its short head.

Coat care:

Little
Medium
Intensive

Shedding:

Little
Medium
Intensive

Energy level:

Little
Medium
High

Trainability:

Little
Medium
Good

Children suitable:

Less
With supervision
Perfect

The right food

A balanced diet can contribute to the health of the Japan Chin. You can do this by feeding him with a high quality feed from the trade or prepare its food yourself.

The amount of feed should be adjusted to age, exercise.

Since a Japan Chin also has a lot of fun learning, you can occasionally treat, spoil. He will thank you with tricks. Please don't forget to subtract the treats from his daily calorie needs.

Japan Chin care

The most elaborate part of dog grooming is definitely the coat of Japan Chin. The long silky coat should be best brushed daily be. In this way, unsightly matting in the coat can be avoided. Especially in spring and autumn during the change of coat daily brushing is absolutely necessary.

Fortunately, the little four-legged friend enjoys brushing very much, as it means both attention and petting for him.

Depending on your needs, you should give the Japan Chin bath once a month with dog shampoo. Otherwise, the dog should be cared for similarly to all other dogs.

Make sure that its claws not become too long. The pads of the paws should be well-groomed and not cracked.

Also regularly inspect the Japan Chin for Fleas and Worms in the feces. Should there actually be a worm infestation, a worming cure will quickly remedy the situation.

Especially in summer, dog owners like to go for walks through forests and meadows. Here you should always look for Ticks on the skin of the dog on the lookout. The pests can usually be removed quickly with tick tongs.

The Floppy Ears of the Japan Chin are prone to mite and fungus infestation. For prevention, they should be gently cleaned once a week. Also the eyes should be cleaned regularly.

A regular dental care should not come up short.

Suitable accessories

Besides the basic equipment (Dog pillow, leash, food bowl, etc.) you need for the care of the Chin in any case a Brush. With it, the fur of the Japan Chin can be brushed out well every day.

Also a Mild dog shampoo and articles for further care (e.g. Detergent for the ears/eyes and Tick Pliers) one should have in the house.

Since the Japan Chin is very playful, he is very happy about Dog toys.

Japan Chin history

Origin & History

The Japan Chin has a long history behind it until 500 to 1000 years ago. As the name suggests, the Japan Chin originates from the Asian region, but not from Japan. Although opinions differ here, it is believed that they were brought to the Japanese area by Buddhist monks from China.

However, everyone agrees on one point. The breed was first deliberately bred in Japan. The goal is said to have been to breed the Japan Chin so small that it could fit in the sleeve of a kimono.

At that time they were the Favorites of the Japanese nobility. Supposedly, his ancestors lived in the Japanese royal court since the year 723. Even today there are pictures and artifacts from that time, on which the little dog can be seen.

By the way, the Chin in Japan Chin is due to the expression chiinuu inu. The translation for this term is small dog.

The affectionate breed became known in Europe only in the 17th century. There they became popular lapdogs with the finer ladies of society. Queen Victoria was also the proud owner of two Japan Chins.

The little four-legged friend also came to Germany as an imperial gift. The Japanese empress gave the German Empress Augusta a pair of Japan Chin for Christmas. In Asia, the dog with the silky coat is still much more widespread than in Europe.

The Japanese Chin was first recognized as a breed by the FCI in 1957.

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