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Japanese Chin (Toy Group)

The Japanese Chin is absolutely one of the most adorable members of the Toy Group. Always on the lookout for fun and games, this dog is equally sensitive and thrives on affection. They are devoted to their family and ready to make friends with anyone and any animal, strangers or not. Japanese Chin dogs are also perfect pets for children who understand how to play gentle.

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A Brief History Of The Japanese Chin

The origins of the Japanese Chin date as far back as the Ancient times, however, the exact history of the breed is unknown. Researchers do know that it shared a very similar history with the Pekingese. Interestingly enough, history tells us that the Japanese Chin actually has it roots in China, not Japan, as its name might suggest.

Like the Pekingese, the breed was largely owned by Chinese aristocracy and were given as gifts to other nobility. Exactly how the dog arrived in Japan is still up for debate. Several stories are floating around. Some say that they were brought by a Korean prince after 730 A.D. Another theory is that Buddhist teachers brought them to Japan shortly after 500 A.D.

Whatever the true path that the breed took to get to Japan, the dog had an enormously positive impact on the Japanese Imperial family. The were kept as adored lapdogs and shown off to visiting nobility. During the 16th century it is said that the Japanese Chin was traded with visiting Portuguese sailors and taken back with them to Europe.

Official documentation tells us that the breed was in Europe in 1853. Over the next several decades more and more Japanese Chins were sold or traded to the Europeans and then to the Americans. In the late 1800s, the breed got official recognition by the AKC, listed as the “Japanese Spaniel”. To reduce the breed’s size over the last century it was crossed with English Toy Spaniels.

Upkeep Requirements For The Japanese Chin

Upkeep for these adorable little toy dogs is about as easy as it comes when owning one as calm and easy-going as the Japanese Chin. They are small enough so that the only exercise they need is to walk around the house and a few short walks on the leash each day. They also enjoy playing games so a few laps around the yard is enough to show them a good time while giving them plenty of exercise.

Like all toy breeds, the Japanese Chin cannot live outdoors. They are lapdogs to the core and although should have time to play outside in a fenced-in yard, are meant be pampered in the confines of your home. Grooming requirements call for a weekly brushing, twice for the longhairs.

Health Concerns

The average lifespan of the Japanese Chin is between ten and twelve years. There are no major health concerns and minor health issues that run common in the breed are cataracts, entropion, patellar luxation, heart murmurs, and KCS. Rarely seen is epilepsy, achondroplasia, and portacaval shunt. Veterinarians suggest that Japanese Chin dogs get tested for potential knee and eye problems.