Japanese Chin


The appearance of the Japanese is somewhat obscure as the breed is covered with a long coat. The small breed has a compact body. The head is massive in comparison with its body. The coat is long, but does not obscure the face. The breed has a wide muzzle and prominent eyes. The ears are small and are barely recognizable through the profuse fur. The breedтАЩs neck is elongated and muscular. The head appears to be stacked on top of the shoulders. The breed has straight front legs and angled back legs. Its coat is probably its most recognizable feature. It is very smooth and glossy. The coat is longest at the neck, chest, top of the head, and tail.


The Japanese Chin is also called the Japanese Spaniel and has a personality similar to that of spaniels. The breed has a pleasant disposition toward everyone, including other pets and welcome guests. It is extremely playful and loves interacting with children. However, it should not interact with very young children since they can be harsh with animals. The breed is very independent, but is responsive to training. It coexists peacefully with other pets in its household, including other dogs. It tends to remain closest to its owner.

Height and Weight

The Japanese Chin is an average height of 7-11 inches. The breed can weigh as few as 7 pounds and as much as 9 pounds.

Health Problems

Health problems most common in the Japanese Chin include conditions of the eye. The breed may also develop respiratory conditions. Distemper is highly contagious viral infection that can attack dogs. Dogs are regularly immunized for the condition. The Japanese Chin may need to be immunized more often since it has a high risk of developing the condition.

Ideal Living Conditions

The Japanese Chin will adapt to living indoors or outdoors. The level of activity the breed extends determines which living conditions are best. If it resides outdoors it should live within a fenced area.


Exercise is important for the Japanese Chin, but the breed typically obtains the amount it needs through play or regular activity.

Life Expectancy

The Japanese Chin has an average life expectancy of 7 years.

Litter Size

The Japanese Chin typically has 1-3 puppies per litter.


Daily maintenance is required to keep the coat of the Japanese Chin luxurious. The coat tends to become tangled, so either brushing or combing is sufficient. Since the ears are long, it is possible for bacteria to become trapped and an infection to develop. It is recommended that the ears be cleaned regularly.


The name of the Japanese Chin is a bite of a misnomer. The breed originated in an Asian country


Herding, Toy


White is the predominate color of the Japanese Chin. The breed’s coat may have markings of black, red, orange, yellow, or brown.