Japanese Chin

Toy Group

Japanese Chin dog sitting in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

8-11 in

Weight

7-11 lbs

Life Expectancy

10-12 yrs

History

The history of the Japanese Chin is a bit unclear, but most historians agree that its source breed came from China. Some believe that the breed's ancestors were gifted to Japanese royalty by by rulers of Korea during the 8th century. Others believe that they were gifted to the Empress of Japan during the 6th or 7th century. Some think that the breed's ancestors didn't arrive in Japan until 1000 CE or later. The Japanese Chin was owned exclusively by Japanese royalty as a companion animal, with each noble house breeding to a slightly different standard. The Japanese Chin was only introduced to the west after Japan reopened for trade in 1854.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Japanese Chin will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★☆☆

★★★★☆

★★★☆☆

★★★★☆

★★★☆☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆☆☆

★★★☆☆

★★★☆☆

★★★☆☆

★★★☆☆

Intelligence

★★★☆☆


Affection Towards Family

★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★☆


Exercise Needs

★★★☆☆


Energy Level

★☆☆☆


Sensitivity

★★★☆☆


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★☆

Common Traits

People-oriented and friendly towards everyone, but can be initially aloof with strangers

Eager to please and generally easy to train but become bored with repetitive training

Very in-tune to the emotions and atmosphere of a home and adapt their behavior to fit

Eyes have condition called strabismus, where they don't quite align when looking at something

Have some cat-like behaviors: love to be high up, can jump onto tall furniture, groom themselves, and bat at objects