AKC PuppyFinder: Japanese Chin Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: A true aristocrat: charming and loving with those they favor, nobly reserved with strangers
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Favorite sports include walking, learning tricks, and hopping into your lap
  • Good with Children: Better with Older Children
  • Good with other Dogs: Yes
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Independent
  • Height: 8-11 inches
  • Weight: 7-11 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 10-12 years
  • Barking Level: Quiet
Breed Description
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The exact transition from a Chinese breed to a Japanese one is a bit murky, but the Japanese Chin's sole job, as a companion to humans, has never changed. This ancient breed was exclusive to the nobility, accompanying and entertaining royalty. They may have made it to Japan as royal gifts, where they are still considered companion dogs. Your Japanese Chin puppy is a lively and playful little guy. He's agile and bright, good at learning and performing tricks and almost cat-like in his alertness, agility and balance. Small in size, big on affection, the Japanese Chin makes a devoted family friend.

History & Job
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Origin: Japan

Year Recognized: 1888

Breed History & Job Description: That’s a good question. Historians have long debated the breed’s beginnings. Some maintain it was a product of China; others say Korea. Various origin tales credit Buddhist monks, Chinese emperors, or European merchants with the Chin’s introduction to Japan anywhere from 500 to 1,000 years ago. But all agree that it was Japanese nobles who cultivated the breed as we know it today. Chin were unknown in the West until 1854, when Japan was reopened for trade after 200 years of isolation.

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Japanese Chin are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like cardiac disease, patellar luxation and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Japanese Chin are healthy dogs.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
  • Cardiac Exam
  • GM2 mutation DNA Test
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: Japanese Chin Club of America
  • Breed Club Link: http://japanesechinclub.org/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Toy
  • 2016 Popularity: 108
  • Breed Referral Contact:  -
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Click here to see all Japanese Chin Rescue Groups.

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