Japanese Chin

"Spaniel Zen"

Photo of Japanese Chin


Related to other Toy spaniels, the Chin's honorable ancestors certainly hailed from the Orient, likely Korea and/or China. They became instant favorites of royalty and the elite. When she was introduced to other countries, the little spaniel was welcomed with open arms.


Chins are gentle dogs that need and want lots of togetherness. They do well with other dogs as playmates. Although loving and eager to please, they're curious and into things, conducting their own research. Chins cannot be ignored – they won't allow it, tailing owners like a canine private eye. They're sweet and loving with the elderly and infirm, making great lap warmers and therapy dogs.


Chins have a beautiful, silky, medium-length coat of red and white or black and white, which sprinkles the floor a couple times a year. With drop ears and shortened muzzle, Chins invite a kiss upon the nose. A fully fringed tail curls over the back. Some carry a spot or blaze called Buddha's thumbprint on their brow.


Take care during extremely hot, humid or cold weather. Train with a gentle hand, and the Chin will reward you with a sweet expression, if not perfection in routines.

Grooming & Care

Although the coat is not long or dense, it does require regular combing to keep neat and to minimize shedding. Keep folds around face clean by wiping with a damp cloth. Hot climates demand air conditioning as breathing difficulties can result from their brachyphalic features.

Health Concerns

They are generally healthy when they come from a responsible breeder and sturdy parents. Check for patellar luxation or eye problems in the lines.

Famous Japanese Chin

Loved by nobility, Alexandra of Denmark was painted with her Japanese Chin in 1893.

Ideal Owner
Activity Level 3
Schedule 5
Home 44
Children 49
Experience 52
Quick Facts
Grooming 110
Exercise 61
Challenges Can be shy or guarded if not socialized, too delicate for small children.
Height 8 to 11 inches
Weight 4 to 11 pounds
Life 12 to 14 years
Home Alone 82
With Kids 86
With Strangers 91
Availability 23

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