This week’s meet the breed is all about the Japanese Chin. ‘Chin’ meaning cat! Read on to find out more about this tiny, charismatic dog!
Believed to have originally evolved from the Tibetan Spaniel, the Japanese Chin is a little cutie with a big personality. Responsive and affectionate with those he knows and loves, however a little reserved when placed in new surroundings or with strangers. A Japanese chin is a good little friend to have. He is a sensitive and intelligent soul (albeit somewhat independent) whose only purpose is to serve as a friend. Naturally clean, the feisty chin makes an ideal pet that can thrive in any environment.
Nickname: ‘Child of Royalty’ in Holland or ‘Sun Dog’ in Scandinavia
Life Span: 12-14 years
Characteristics: The Japanese Chins often have a white spot on the middle of their foreheads, which is called Buddha’s thumbprint. This title came about because many Chin dogs were owned by the Emperor Ming of Han China.
Dog Breed Group: Toy
Height: 20-27 cm at the shoulders
Weight: 4-9 lbs
Colour: Black and white, lemon and white, tri-colour, red and white, sable and white
Coat: Long and full, silky to touch
Fun Fact: Japanese chins are often compared to cats, as their grooming habits are similar. Can be found licking its paws and rubbing his head in the same way a cat does