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Japanese Chin

Size: Small

Weight: 4 - 11 lbs.

Height: 8" - 11"

Life Span: 10 years

Health Problems: Chronic wheezing and snoring due to short snout; heart problems; eye problems; respiratory problems; ear infections; heat exhaustion; distemper (may require adjusting vaccination schedule)

Origin: Japan (Middle Ages)

Also Known As: Japanese Spaniel, Chin

Group: Non-Sporting

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

The Japanese Chin does not require much exercise, but enjoys occasional walks and play sessions.

Grooming Needs

Daily brushing is required for your Japanese Chin. Occasional professional grooming is recommended. Keep hair inside the ear well trimmed to avoid ear infections.


This breed is intelligent, lively and charming. The Japanese Chin makes a great indoor companion. Good with other dogs and pets, this breed is best suited for homes without small children. Although it has a gentle nature, this dog enjoys being the center of attention. Chins have a tendency to be more obedient than other small breeds, and can be taught good manners and entertaining tricks. Barking is uncommon, so when a Chin barks you can be sure a stranger or disturbance is near.

Compatibility with Kids

Best suited in homes without small children


Likely a descendant of the Tibetan Spaniel, the breed was brought to Europe in the 1600s when Portuguese sailors presented a group of them to the Princess Catherine of Braganza -- the princess of Portugal and Queen of England (as the wife of Charles II). English breeders later crossed the Chin with other Toy Spaniels to develop the Chin as it is known today.

Dog Food for Your Japanese Chin

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