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Japanese Chin

By Victoria Swanson More Blogs by This AuthorFrom the Purebred Star Blog Series

The Japanese Chin is adorable. They have big eyes, a flat-nose, a tail curled over the back, and an enchanting personality!

The Japanese Chin is a companion dog that was originally developed in China and brought to Japan as a gift. Originally called the Japanese Spaniel, their name was changed by the AKC in 1977 to Japanese Chin. This noble breed is doted on by all.

Charming, Loyal, Friendly

The Japanese Chin is every pet-parent's dream in a little package. This little breed is extremely devoted, loves to be the center-of-attention, and gets along with pretty much everyone. They love to be with you, and the Chin makes a perfect companion for road-trips, going to the office, or anything else you have going on. (Remember to never leave a pet unattended in a hot vehicle!)

Travel Alert: being a flat-nose breed, many airlines have banned these types of breeds. So if you are a jet-setter and are looking for a breed to join your adventures, the Chin is not a good fit.

The Chin can be reserved around strangers, so early socialization is important. They typically get along with other dogs, cats, and children, but due to their small stature, this breed is recommended for children that are 10 or older.

Apartment / Condo Living - PERFECT!

The Japanese Chin's size is ideal for apartment/condo dwellers. They can be active outside and will enjoy a daily walk, but they love to snuggle and chill inside too. Their low-energy vibe is ideal for a person that isn't overly active.

Close proximity with neighbors may have a pet-parent worried about a small breed being yappy. No worries with the Chin! They are not a yappy breed, but will absolutely alert to visitors, making them an ideal watchdog.

Don't Over Spoil this Adorable Breed

Small Dog Syndrome is no laughing matter, and if the Japanese Chin doesn't have rules and boundaries in place, they will have no problem being "top-dog" in the household. Because of their charming personality, it is easy to give into them, which, in turn, can give you a "bratty" dog. No one will enjoy hanging with the Japanese Chin if this happens.

Early obedience training, having rules in place, and not over-spoiling the Chin will help this little breed to be a joy to have around!

Regular Grooming for a Beautiful Coat

The Japanese Chin requires daily brushing to prevent matting and help keep their fur coat looking and feeling silky soft. Bathing only needs to be done when they are dirty, and regular nail trimmings are important.

The Chin is an average shedder, so they are not considered an allergy-friendly breed.

Health Concerns

The Japanese Chin has some health issues to be aware of, including back problems, cataracts and other eye issues, heart problems, luxating patellas, respiratory problems, snoring, and wheezing.

The average lifespan of the Japanese Chin is 10 years.

Adopt First

Consider looking for a Japanese Chin through rescue organizations first. Every year, there are millions of dogs being euthanized - not because they are bad dogs, but because there is no home for them and insufficient resources to care for them at rescue agencies. By adopting a dog, you are truly saving a life!

At the very least, NEVER purchase any dog from a pet store. Unfortunately, those puppies almost always come from puppy mills. Instead, look for a reputable breeder to work with.

On a final note, it is important to spay and neuter your puppy by 6 months old to have a healthy and happy pet for many years to come!

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