/Breed Introduction: Japanese Chin

Breed Introduction: Japanese Chin

The Japanese Chin dog breed hails from Asia, where he has been prized as a companion for more than a thousand years. This breed is elegant and dainty, mild-mannered and playful. Japanese Chin has the classic look of an oriental breed with a large, broad head; large, wide-set eyes; and a flattish face.

Small, V-shaped ears hang down, set just below the top of the head. They carry their plumed tail jauntily over their back. The breed is generally intelligent and well mannered, the Japanese Chin learns quickly, but it has a mind of his own. If training becomes repetitive, it will choose to do something more entertaining. He can be difficult to housebreak, but if you are persistent and consistent, he will get the message.

Breed Origin


The Japanese Chin is an ancient breed that probably originated in the Chinese imperial court. Highly prized, he was often given as a gift to emissaries from other lands. Japanese Chin was probably as a gift to the emperor of Japan that he made his way to that island nation which gave him his name. In Japan, this breed was probably crossed with small spaniel-type dogs and eventually achieved the look he has today.

The Japanese Chin remained unknown to the outside world,until 1853, when Commodore Matthew Perry sailed into Uraga Harbor near Edo — now modern-day Tokyo — and introduced Japan to international trade. The Japanese Chin became a popular commodity and many were imported into Britain and the United States.

Breed Characteristics


The Japanese Chin is catlike in many ways. The breed is commonly seen grooming itself by licking its paws and wiping its head. Also, they enjoy being up high and will perch on the back of couches and on tables.

Considered to be an average shedder, the Japanese Chin requires a few minutes of brushing each day to remove loose hair and to keep the coat from tangling.

Japanese Chin do not handle heat very well and need to be monitored on hot days to prevent the dogs from heat stroke!

Due to the breed’s flat face, Japanese Chin will often snort, sniffle, or reverse sneeze. Generally, a Japanese Chin is still able to breathe through this, but if the attack becomes severe, you can try stroking his neck gently.

Japanese Chin does well in apartments.

Although Japanese Chin is intelligent and eager to please, they require fun-filled training sessions.

Japanese Chin does very well with older children, but are not recommended for homes with smaller children.