If ever a dog could help you reach Nirvana, it would be the Japanese Chin. For centuries, this breed was the favored companion of Buddhist monks — we have to assume they absorbed some knowledge about following the Eightfold Path after all that time at the monastery!
Chins aren't actually from Japan, though. They were bred to be lapdogs for Chinese aristocrats. But the Japanese gave this breed its name — “chin” is Japanese for “royalty.” They're a very dignified breed with two major exceptions. Those short snouts mean they make a distinctive “snizzle” sound, which sounds something like a backwards sneeze. And there's nothing dignified about the “Chin spin,” when this playful pup stands on back legs and twirls.
Originally from China, this small-sized and medium-energy breed can grow to between 7-11 pounds and lives an average of 10-12 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Toy group.
|Breed's original pastime||Companion|
|Average lifespan||10-12 years|
|Bark factor||Rarely barks, if ever|
|Date of origin||1500s|
|Original function||Lap dog|
|Average size of male||Height: 8-11 Weight: 4-7|
|Average size of female||Height: 8-11 Weight: 4-7|
|Other name||Japanese spaniel|
|Energy level||Medium energy|
|Affection level||Very affectionate|
|Friendliness toward other dogs||Very friendly|
|Friendliness toward other pets||Very friendly|
|Friendliness toward strangers||Very friendly|
|Ease of training||Moderately easy to train|
|Protection ability||Not very protective|
|Grooming needs||Moderate maintenance|
|Cold tolerance||Low tolerance|
|Heat tolerance||Low tolerance|
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS A JAPANESE CHIN'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
These are playful, gentle dogs who love a warm lap and a rousing romp better than anything in the world. They make devoted and affectionate companions and great family dogs, though children should be supervised during play.
WHAT IS JAPANESE CHIN BEHAVIOR LIKE?
Japanese Chins have a noble demeanor and are fairly quiet for a toy breed. They enjoy walks and games and pretty much anything else you want to do as long as it means they get to be with you.
HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN A JAPANESE CHIN?
For a smart dog, the Japanese Chin sure can play dumb when it suits her. Start training while your Chin is still a puppy, and be patient and consistent.
CARE & HEALTH
HOW MUCH DO JAPANESE CHINS SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
This breed's long coat is silky and single-layered. But despite their decadent-looking coats, Japanese Chins only require brushing a few times a week. They are seasonal shedders.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO JAPANESE CHINS HAVE?
Most Japanese Chins are fairly healthy. Some do develop heart murmurs.