8 -11 inches
9 - 12 Years
Long, soft, straight and silky
White and black , red and white (all shades)
Intelligent, alert and playful
4 - 11 pounds
The Japanese Chin is a lively little dog with a dainty appearance who loves to cavort and
play. They have a compact carriage and profuse coat. Their movement is stylish, lifting
their feet high when in action, and carrying their tail proudly curved or plumed over their
back. They are higher in stature than their cousins, the Pekingese, but still very small in
appearance. They have a flattened face, large eyes and a very round skull.
A gentle and affectionate breed, they are meticulously clean and very easy to house break.
Some owners claim they are much like a cat in their cleanliness and habits. They are very
playful, enjoyable and get along with almost anyone. This includes children, strangers and
other pets. They are sensitive, mild mannered, low in activity and high in fun. They are
intelligent, charming and sophisticated.
There are two theories to the origins of the Japanese Chin: one states that they were
derived from the Pekingese-like dogs that were brought to Japan by Zen Buddhist monks
and teachers from China in 520 A.D., the other theory is that they descended from a lap
dog brought to the Emperor of Japan by a Korean diplomat in 732 A.D. Either theory, the
breed was probably bred from Pekingese and possibly King Charles Spaniel.
Commodore Perry, an American naval commander,
after opening up the trade route between the Far East
and the West in 1853, presented a pair of Chins to
the British Queen Victoria.