Japanese Chin – G.W. Little

Japanese Chin

Japanese Chin Dog Breed Information

Japanese Chin

The Japanese Chin is a tiny monarch with a large spirit. Although perfected by the Japanese, the breed originated in China. Evidence of a dog resembling the modern day Japanese Chin was first discovered in ancient Chinese temples and works of art. It is believed a Chinese emperor gave the first dogs as a present to the Japanese emperor.

The first Chins to leave the Orient did so in 1853 with Commodore Perry and were then presented to Queen Victoria. Since then this engaging little breed has spanned the globe and crept into the hearts of dog lovers everywhere.

The Chin is a lively, intelligent, extremely devoted dog and well suited to family life. They do well with children, but it's usually advised the children be older than 5. The breed is rather small and somewhat delicate, so kids have to be taught to be careful around them. They are a happy dog, however, and play well with kids who are gentle.

Chins do not require a lot of exercise and are perfect for apartment living. They do not do well in temperature extremes and so they must be kept indoors.

Because of their royal history, Chins can be somewhat "haughty," elegant, and dignified. They love being the center of attention! They can also be somewhat "catlike," climbing atop sofas for a perch in order to watch the goings on of the household. Japanese Chin head on

Japanese Chins do not require a lot of grooming, but a quick brush everyday will keep out tangles and keep their coat looking healthy. You will only need to bathe them when necessary.

The Japanese Chin was first registered with the AKC in 1888. For more information on this fascinating little breed visit the Japanese Chin Club of America website at www.japanesechinclub.org or the American Kennel Club at www.akc.org. If you're interested in adopting a Chin, you can visit www.japanesechinrescue.org or PetFinder.com.


Size 8 to 11 inches tall
Weight Under 7 pounds for the small variety and over 7 pounds for the large variety.
Accepted Colors Black & White, Red & White or Lemon & White.
Coat Thick, long, straight & silky.
Grooming No special grooming. The coat is not cut.
Origins China & Japan
Registration FCI, AKC, KCGB, CKC, ANKC
Group Toy
Notes "Chin" signifies royalty in Japanese. Originally known as the Japanese Spaniel.