Welcome to our Spotlight Breed article of the week. This is where we feature a fun and unique dog breed from around the globe! We are excited to spotlight the Japanese Chin breed today. This dog breed hails from Asia, where they’ve been prized as a companion for more than a thousand years. One of the most interesting facts is that they were a popular member of the Chinese and Japanese imperial courts, and it was in Japan that their distinctive look was developed. However, there is so much more to this breed. Let’s learn more below!
The Japanese Chin has a bright and intelligent look with a distinct Oriental expression. These dogs have a large broad head with large wide-set eyes, short broad muzzle, ear feathering and the evenly patterned facial markings. This toy breed ranges in weight from four to 11 pounds and in height from nine to 10 inches. The color of this breed is either black and white, red and white, or black and white with tan points.
You may be wondering about the personality of the Japanese Chin! They are sensitive and intelligent dogs, while being somewhat independent. They thrive on serving as a companion! Responsive and affectionate with those that they know and love, they are reserved with strangers in new situations. The breed does not require a great deal of exercise; however, they do need to be taken on a few daily walks. They will enjoy the opportunity to play in an open yard, if available.
The good thing about the Japanese Chin is that it is good with other dogs and pets. Just keep in mind that the Chin has a mind of its own and loves to be the center of attention! This breed is not a barker. It is mild mannered, graceful, yet playful. If you set rules the dog needs to follow, limits to what they are allowed to do, the breed will be obedient.
If you are looking for a dog that is extremely loyal, loving, and intelligent, then the Japanese Chin may be for you! We will leave you with our favorite quote about the breed: “My Japanese Chin is the reason I wake up early!”.