HISTORY: It is assumed that the ancestors of the Chin was presented as gifts from Korea to the Japanese court in 732. In the following century a large number of Chin came to Japan.


In 1613 an English captain brought a Chin to England, and in 1853 several were brought to the USA, two of which were given to Queen Victoria of England.


Since 1868 the Chin has been a popular companion dog among the ladies of the upper class.


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 1-2 times a week. The coat is self cleaning. The eye area must be cleaned or 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 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.


EXERCISE: Chin do not need a lot of exercise, however they love going for daily walks.


HEALTH: The Japanese Chin is in general a healthy breed, though can be prone to patella luxation and have a tendency to certain eye and heart conditions. Being af flat faced breed the Chin can also be prone to respiratory problems and some will occasionally do the reversed sneezing.