THE JAPANESE CHIN - IN MY OPINION
APPEARANCE: The Japanese Chin is a small dog with a well-balanced, square body and an oriental expression. The appearance is aristoratic and elegant. The soft and straight coat has a silky texture and the tail is plumed and carried over their back.
"CHIN FEATURES": The Chin is delicate and cleans its face in a catlike manner. It likes to be above the ground and therefore often prefers to sleep on a couch - or coffee table, if allowed.
Some do the "Chin Spin: When excited they will spin around in circles.
Also there is the "Whoooooo", a special low howl.
SIZE: The shoulder height of the males should be approximately 25 centimeters, bitches slightly lower.
CHARACTERISTICS: A playful and soft natured toy breed that loves being close to the family.
TEMPERAMENT: The Japanese Chin is an intelligent, charming and sensitive companion dog.
FAMILY DOG: The Chin makes an excellent family pet but is not suitable for families with small children due to its size and frailty.
COMPANIONSHIP: The Japanese Chin is very loyal and devoted to its owner and its family.
GROOMING: The coat is straight, long and with a silky texture. It requires brushing once a week. The coat is self cleaning. The eye area must be wiped daily.
SHEDDING: Yes, the Chin is a shedder leaving soft balls of hair around the house:-)
TRAINING: The Chin is surprisingly agile and can be used for agility as well as obedience and rally obedience training. However, it is important to keep the soft nature and the small size of the Chin in mind when doing any type of training.
BARKING: In my experience the Chin rarely barks.
WEATHER: Like other flat faced breeds the Chin is sensitive to hot weather and should not be taken for walks during the day at high temperatures during the summer.
EXERCISE: Chin do not need hours of exercise, however they love going for daily walks.
HEALTH: The Japanese Chin is in general a healthy breed, though can like many other smaller breeds be prone to patella luxation. Some may have a tendency to certain heart conditions, especially at older age.
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