The Japanese Chin is a happy lap dog with a magnificent coat. She loves everyone and is good with pets and other dogs. She can be a good watch dog and likes older, respectful children. She does not require a lot of exercise so she is ideal for smaller apartments or houses.
*Approximate Adult Size. The approximate adult size (two years old or older) of the Japanese Chin is 7 to 11 inches to the withers (highest point of the shoulder) and up to 9 pounds. There are two classes, under 7 pounds and over 7 pounds.
*Special Health Considerations. Most dog breeds have certain inherited health problems associated with that specific breed and the Japanese Chin is no exception. Be on the look out for subluxated patellas, breathing problems, low blood sugar, teeth problems and their eyes are high profile and subject to injury. This disease list is an informative guideline only. Other diseases may also be significant threats, please contact your veterinarian for a complete list.
She should visit the veterinarian several times in the first year for shots, boosters and check up. Then, as an adult, she should visit the veterinarian yearly for shots and check up. As she gets older, six years and on, she should visit the veterinarian twice a year for check ups and shots. Remember; avoid feeding your dog sweets.
*Grooming. The Japanese Chin has a long silky coat, that can become matted easily. She should be brushed and combed daily, and professionally groomed occasionally.
Her ears should be checked once a week and be kept clean. If you have her professionally groomed, make sure ear cleaning and inspection is part of the package. No water or excess fluid should get in the dogs ears, and do not try to irrigate the ears. Ear cleaning is too complicated and critical to instruct here. Look for hair growing in the ear canal, excess wax, or moisture. If her ears have a discharge, foul odor or she seems to be in distress and you suspect an infection, or tumor, consult your veterinarian.
Her teeth should be brushed at least twice a week with toothpaste and toothbrush designed for dogs. Brushing removes the accumulation of plaque and tartar which can cause cavities (rarely) and periodontal disease. Dog periodontal disease can lead to pain, loss of teeth, bad breath and other serious disease.
Her toenails may need to be examined for growth and clipped regularly. The toenails of the rear feet grow slower than the toenails of the front feet. Generally a guillotine type trimmer is the best for this chore and competent instructions to accomplish this can be found on the net.
*Life Span. The Japanese Chin can live between 9 and 10 years with proper nutrition, medical care and excellent living conditions.
*History. The Japanese Chin come from Japan. They are thought to be descended from the Chinese Peekingese. Their original name was the Japanese Spaniel but was changed in 1977. They were first registered by the American Kennel Association in 1888.
*Japanese Chin Club of America
*UKC United Kennel Club
*NKC National Kennel Club
*CKC Continental Kennel Club
*APRI Americas Pet Registry Inc.
*AKC American Kennel Club
*FCI Federation Cynologique Internationale
*NZKC New Zealand Kennel Club
*KCGB = Kennel Club of Great Britain
*ANKC = Australian National Kennel Club
*ACR = American Canine Registry
Litter Size: 1 to 3 Japanese Chin puppies
Terms To Describe: Aristocratic, small, lively, soft, silky, stylish, happy, sensitive, intelligent, affectionate, responsive, clean, agile, dainty.
*SPECIAL GOOD POINTS
Easy to housebreak.
She keeps herself very clean.
Affectionate lap dog.
She is a quiet dog.
*SPECIAL BAD POINTS
They tend to snore.
Can not stand too much heat.
Poor watch dog.
Poor guard dog.
*Other Names Known By: Japanese Spaniel
*Every dog is an individual so not everything in this information may be correct for your dog. This information is meant as a good faith guideline only.