Species group: Toy Group dogs
Other name(s): Japanese Spaniel; Chin
The rather poorly named Japanese Chin is an ancient toy breed developed in China around 500 BC. This charming little dog was a favorite of the ladies of the Imperial Palace. When a Chinese emperor gave a pair to the Japanese emperor, the Japanese nobility was equally delighted. Eventually, the Queen of England and an American president also received Japanese Chins as royal gifts. To own this elegant little dog is to own a true aristocrat. This breed is a lap dog, not a companion for active owners who plan to spent hours tramping through the woods. If you're looking for a snuggler who loves being catered to and admired, you may have found the right pet to pamper.
Appearance / health:
The Japanese Chin is a dainty little dog that has a short, broad face. The forehead is round with a well-defined stop. The nose is wide and the nostrils open. It has an extremely short nasal canal. It has expressive, protruding eyes that are dark and almond-shaped. The teeth form a level or undershot bite. The upside-down, V-shaped ears are usually well covered with hair.
Its body is about the same length as its height. The front legs are straight and fine-boned. The Japanese Chin has an elegant high-stepping gait. The plumed tail is carried over the back, and curves to either side.
The Japanese Chin’s grooming requirements are high. A few minutes each day may help the coat stand out. The tangles may need light brushing and combing out. While brushing, the hair may be lifted to leave it standing out a little. The eyes may need regular cleaning and the ears may need to be checked for signs of infection. The Japanese Chin may be bathed occasionally or only when necessary. This breed is an average year round shedder.
Chins require little exercise. This is best given in the form of daily walks.
Like many short-faced breeds, the Japanese Chin tends to wheeze and snore. Some also suffer from reverse sneezing. They are prone to eye and respiratory problems in hot and cold weather. Hot weather may cause heat prostration (dizziness, nausea, and weakness caused by depletion of body fluids and electrolytes) in the breed. Some dogs may be prone to distemper, an infectious viral disease. The Japanese chin is also prone to dislocated knees, low blood sugar, and whelping problems.
Behavior / temperament:
The Japanese Chin is a sensitive and intelligent dog whose only purpose is to serve as a companion. It however has a mind of its own and likes to be the center of attention. It is rather more obedient than other toy breeds, and may learn tricks. It makes a good watchdog. The Japanese Chin is very clean and uses its paws to wash its face like a cat; its name chin means 'cat-like.' It is said to have the charm, gracefulness, and intelligence of a fine nobleman.
The Japanese Chin is an obedient and intelligent dog. However, it may be a little difficult to housetrain during the first four months of its life.
It has a deep bark unlike other small breeds. This breed is not a compulsive barker. It can be a good choice for people who can't tolerate the yippy barks of some of the other toys.
huge personality, quiet dog, catdog, good watch dog, maximum affection, apartment
strange people, horrible ear infection
minimal grooming, catlike behaviors, biggest eyes
Japanese Chins Rule You
My boy Brian came to me 3.5 months old and already a handful. He slept wherever he wanted which included trying to hide in a horse barn or wrapped around the toilet. Typical to breeds with floppy ears he got a horrible ear infection as a puppy. He lost most of his hearing at a young age. So first year was all training with sign language. Honestly he is great with all dogs and people. But things really are on his schedule. Japanese chins are like cat images. They sit next to your water glass, stare deeply into your eyes before pushing the glass off the table. They each have a huge personality. I can vouch I have a female who thinks she needs to be in pretty princess dresses and the center of attention at all points and time. Whereas Brian likes to roll in dirt, hates clothing, the winter and gives the best puppy eyes ever. This breed will steal your heart within a few minutes. They dont really require much grooming even though they have super pretty hair. They really can be a pain to train until you find the magic treat. They are extremely protective of their house and owner. They can get aggressive tendencies if you do not watch out. But they always let you know when the mail man shows up or kids get off the bus..
From worldofcloud May 4 2015 1:33PM
The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
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