Japanese Chin

Easy to Train

3 stars review

Good with kids

2 stars review


3 stars review

Heat tolerance

2 stars review

Cold tolerance

3 stars review


4 stars review


3 stars review

Japanese Chin Personality traits and Temperament

These dogs are considered a mixture of opposites. He is considered to be smart, playful, mischievous, determined, alert, stubborn, and affectionate. They have a very adorable with a great sense of humour but can be equally irritable. They are very childlike and can cause a lot of mischief. They are highly unpredictable and will leave you guessing as to where the next crash is going to happen.

They make good apartment dogs but cannot be housed outside or in a kennel. The only need moderate exercise and a short walk or a game of fetch will suffice. They are even content to lie by your side all day. They love spending time with the family and are very prone to stress and separation anxiety when members are not around for a long time.

They tend to have a cat like behaviour and can be found licking and cleaning themselves often. Also they are very good climbers and like to perch themselves on top of the sofa or shelf. So keeping your cookie jar on a top shelf is not a good idea if these mischievous dogs are there in the house.

Even though they do well with children and like to play with them, they are not suited to houses with small kids. They can get hurt easily by an over eager child. They get along with dogs very well and also do surprisingly well around cats. It is important to socialise them with other pets in the house as early as possible. Cats could scratch and injure their eyes so it is also necessary to supervise their interactions.

They are not heat tolerant dogs, and on hot days they must be monitored. They are very suspicious of strangers and will alert you to their presence. They don’t socialise very well and if they fell that they do not like a person it will be very difficult to get these dogs to interact with them.

Grooming, Haircuts and Shedding

They have a very silky and abundant coat with a lot of feathering at the ears. They are very clean dogs ad seldom require a bath. A wipe down with a down with a towel and a dry shampoo is all that is required. They are average shedders and brushing them with a pin brush will help to remove the hairs. Brushing can be done once weekly. The coat won’t get matted even without brushing but the hairs at the ears can get tangled. Rest is basic care like ear cleaning, nail trimming and brushing of teeth.

Size and Characteristics

Price Range: this dog for sale may cost between $600 – $1000

Life expectancy: the life span is generally of about 12-14 YEARS

Weight: 4-9 pounds

Height: 8-11 inches

Colors: Red & White, Black & White, Lemon & White, Tri-colour, Sable & White

How to Train this dog

They are very intelligent and have a mind of their own. They never enjoy sessions that are repetitive or even strenuous and will absolutely refuse to obey commands. The biggest obstacle for a proper training is whether your Chin likes you are not. If they like you then these dogs will do anything in their power to make you happy. But if the reverse is the case then you have a very headstrong dog in your hands. Positive reinforcements with toys and treats will help in training. Crate training is essential and recommended.

Health Issues and Food

Diet: they need a diet that is rich in fibre. So take care to include plenty of dietary fibre else they may suffer from impacted anal glands.

Allergies: Skin and contact allergies may be present

Health problems: common ailments of this breed are cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy, patellar luxation, endocardiosis, and cardiac murmurs.

Mixed breeds

Japugis a cross between a Japanese Chin and a Pug. These dogs are friendly, loving and docile in their nature. They are very good with all family members and specially children. These hybrids love to play with children and make good playmates for them.

Jatzu is a cross between a Japanese Chin and a Shih Tzu. They have a proportioned body with dainty feet and floppy ears. They are very alert and will make good watch dogs these dogs, though otherwise quiet, will bark to signal arrival of a stranger.

Silkin are cross breeds between Japanese Chin and Silky Terrier. They shed moderately and they need to be brushed daily and groomed every two weeks for their coats to remain healthy as possible. Their coat can be grown long if preferred, so trimming is recommended.

Best female and male dog names

You can name your Japanese Chin as Paco or Maxo if he is a male and Faith or Lucky if she is a female.

How to adopt this dog

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Pictures and Videos

Japanese Chin puppy

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