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Japanese Chin

The Japanese Chin is an elegant, aristocratic and compact little dog with a profuse coat. A short-faced breed they should have large eyes and open nostrils giving a appealing if slightly astonished looking expression. The soft, silky coat is long and straight.

12-14 years
Black and white or red and white which includes all shades of red from sable through to lemon. Tricolour is not permitted nor is white flecking within the coloured markings
UK Kennel Club Groups
The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for non-experienced owners
  • Basic training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys gentle walks
  • Needs under an hour of walking a day
  • Small dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming daily
  • Quiet dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
  • Gets along with other pets with training
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a small garden
  • Can happily live in the city
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

The Japanese Chin breed is brachycephalic, and you can read more about this condition and the associated health problems here. 

The breed is also prone to:
- Patellar luxation

Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
None but there are several recommended schemes that the Kennel Club recommends which can be found here.


The Japanese Chin is a happy, intelligent and lively little dog. Bred to be a companion, they thrive with human company and struggle to cope with separation from their family members. Affectionate and gentle, and undemanding as far as exercise goes, they are full of character despite their tiny size.

Did You Know?

  • The Japanese Chin was developed to resemble both in looks and behaviour, a cat-dog hybrid. The word ‘Chin’ means cat-like, and they have been noted for their feline-like behaviours, being remarkably silent and washing their faces with the front paws. They are also agile jumpers and deft climbers.
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