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An American naval officer, Commodore Perry, helped make the Chin famous in England in 1853 when he presented a breeding pair to Queen Victoria after returning from Japan. This was the first canine gift given to the royal family.
A dog is the only animal that has a love of humans embedded in its DNA. – Cynthia Heimel
Originating in Japan, the Japanese Chin is believed to have the same ancestors as the Pug and the Pekingese. He is also known as the Japanese Spaniel and was once called the Japanese Pug. These tiny little dogs were favourites at the Japanese court and ownership was once restricted to members of the Japanese Imperial family.
A dainty little dog with a high-stepping gait, the Japanese Chin has become immensely popular in his native country. He was originally bred to be a pampered companion and he still fulfills this role today.
The Japanese Chin stands up to 12 inches at the shoulder and has a long, straight, silky coat. His coat may be black and white, or red and white and requires frequent grooming. This dog is divided into two weight groups: under seven pounds and over seven pounds. The Japanese Chin carries his long plumed tail curled up over his back.
Photos displayed courtesy of Tracy Hart, Chiyoko Chin, Ontario
An engaging and happy animal, the Japanese Chin has a lot of charm. He is affectionate and devoted to his family and friendly with other people. He also gets along well with other household pets. As with many of the toy breeds, he is perhaps best suited to homes in which there are no small children who may be too rough with him. Perky, agile, and playful, the Japanese Chin has a mind of his own and likes to be the center of attention. Unlike many of the toy breeds, the Japanese Chin is not generally a barker, although he will alert you to the presence of strangers, and so makes a good watchdog.
The Japanese Chin is intelligent and more obedient than most toy breeds. With an eager to please nature, training comes easily to him. So does learning tricks! Mild mannered and sensitive, harsh training methods should never be used with him. The Japanese Chin does well as an indoor dog, and can do without a yard. He does not require a lot of exercise but does enjoy getting out and about.